Victorian Emergency Management Institute

The Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) was established in 2016 to enhance Victoria’s training capacity and to develop the emergency management capability of government agencies, departments, local government authorities, volunteer organisations, private sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, water corporations, professional bodies and associations, and non-government organisations.

VEMI’s programs and activities provide the emergency management sector with greater opportunities to learn, acquire new skills and build capabilities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.

Our newly renovated accommodation wing of 52 rooms, the updated 75 seat theatre, flexible learning spaces, syndicate rooms and break out areas provide the capacity to accommodate a range of residential and daily events.

Download the VEMI Brochure (External link) for further information.


Contact VEMI

Victorian Emergency Management Institute
601 Mount Macedon Road
Mount Macedon VIC 3441
Ph: +61 3 5460 8600 (External link)


Our shared vision

Safer and more resilient communities

VEMI's purpose

Build leadership capability across the emergency management sector through innovation, inspiring current and future leaders of the emergency management sector.


Upcoming programs


Executive Consequence Management
14 - 17 May 2019, 6 - 9 August 2019, 22 - 25 October 2019

The Executive Consequence Management (ECM) Program is a three-day residential program which drives the all communities, all emergency model of emergency management in strategic leaders within Victoria’s emergency management sector.

Facilitated by Emergency Management Victoria in conjunction with the Barrington Centre and the emergency management sector, 30 programs have been undertaken between 2012 and 2017, with attendance from over 700 senior emergency management practitioners from a range of business, agency, community and government departments. Presenters include experts from government, businesses, health organisations and community.

The effectiveness of emergency management rests on the ability of executive leaders to coordinate and work together collaboratively. The Executive Consequence Management Program increases participant abilities to make better and more informed decisions during major emergencies, as well as increasing the management capabilities of executives across a broader range of government and non-government agencies.

Further information and registration

Download the Executive Consequence Management brochure (External link) for further information.


Balance: Women Leaders in Public Safety
9-12 April 2019, 17-19 July 2019

Designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of women leaders, this program uses the concept of balance to explore the unique challenges for women in achieving roles of influence and responsibility in public safety organisations.


  • Strategic focus program which utilises the 70:20:10 learning framework
  • Explores experiential approaches which will directly address workplace issues
  • Enhance the skills and understanding of the behaviours necessary to be more effective as a leader in the public safety environment
  • Understanding of the specific challenges facing women in leadership in public safety organisations
  • Ability to diagnose, influence and shape solutions for addressing the contemporary environment
  • Enhanced capacity to use formal and informal means to influence and initiate change
  • Ability to recognise and negotiate the challenges of changing complex traditional organisations

Further information and registration

Download the Balance brochure (External link) for further information. Registration forms are available here (External link).


Psychological First Aid (for Emergency Services)
2019 dates TBC. Register your interest

Emergency Management Victoria have partnered with the Australian Red Cross for delivery of Psychological First Aid training at the Victorian Emergency Management Institute, Mount Macedon.

Learning outcomes
Participants in this program will develop the skills to:

  • understand emergencies and their effects on people and communities
  • understand the benefits of psychological first aid in emergencies
  • identify a setting where Psychological First Aid is required
  • recognise the signs of distress and triage according to need
  • understand the five elements of first aid:
    • promote safety
    • promote calm
    • promote self and community efficacy
    • promote connectedness
    • instill hope
  • actively use psychological first aid principles of look, listen and link.

Download the Psychological First Aid brochure and registration form (External link). To register your interest, please contact (External link).


Facilitate: Building Learning Organisations
2019 dates TBC

This workshop is designed for team leaders through to executives who are responsible for inspiring others to operate effectively in unknown and unusual environments. From accelerating the learning capacity of recruits to inspiring operational teams to rethink their role and public value, EMV-Facilitate is for those who want to be part of the new generation of organisations.

Learning outcomes

  • Create capacity in others through a learner-focused model
  • Create greater engagement and involvement in learning opportunities
  • Practise techniques for raising collective awareness and generating new possibilities
  • Practise techniques for inspiring learning
  • Understand the art of skilful interventions to promote engagement, learning and collective understanding
  • Better identify the barriers, limitations and consequences of our current approaches to learning and change.