Chief Executive

The Chief Executive is responsible for the day-to-day management of Emergency Management Victoria.

Neil Robertson is the Chief Executive of Emergency Management Victoria.

He also holds the position Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management in the Department of Justice. Neil has worked for the Department for over 15 years in a variety of roles including:

  • Executive Director, Police and Emergency Management (August 2011 – March 2014)
  • Coordinator, Bushfires Royal Commission (March 2009 – August 2011)
  • Director, Criminal Law Policy (October 2004 – March 2009)
  • Assistant Director, Legislation and Policy, Justice Policy.

Neil was awarded a Public Service medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2011 “for outstanding public service and leadership through the provision of innovative legal policy in a diverse range of areas”. These areas include criminal law reform – particularly relating to family violence, organised crime, counter terrorism and evidence – corrections, and emergency services.  His PSM citation also recognised his “exemplary support to Government in responding to and implementing the report of the Bushfires Royal Commission”.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Neil managed the executive support function in the Chief Commissioner of Police’s office at Victoria Police.

Neil has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology and Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. He is also a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Neil is a member of the Council of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Council’s Executive and Finance and Audit and Risk Management Committees. He was also a Director and Company Secretary of Crime Stoppers Victoria Ltd from 1993 to 2012.