Relief and Recovery Reform Strategy

The Victorian Government is committed to reform the State’s emergency management arrangements to create safer and more resilient communities.  This includes the review and redesign of Victoria’s relief and recovery system, as identified through numerous reviews, inquiries and reports.

The Green Paper: Towards a More Disaster Resilient and Safer Victoria was released in September 2011, to stimulate discussion as part of an end to end examination of the State’s emergency management system.  In December 2012, the White Paper: Victorian Emergency Management Reform set out comprehensive change to the State’s emergency management arrangements.  A range of improvements were recommended to relief and recovery arrangements in order to enable communities to participate in their recovery.

In order to achieve this reform and safer and more resilient communities in Victoria, we need to work together to create a relief and recovery system which empowers communities, government, agencies and business to plan for and achieve recovery outcomes.

The Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery has been drafted to introduce a new way of thinking through the concept of resilient recovery.  This is an important step forward in our thinking on relief and recovery.

Resilient recovery connects community systems and networks to plan for and support:

  • Wellbeing – the safety, security, physical and mental health of individuals, families, and their community, including the most vulnerable.
  • Liveability – the continuity, restoration and reconstruction of essential services, critical infrastructure and community infrastructure, to enable the functioning of a community.
  • Sustainability – the reconnection, re-establishment and integration of local social and economic systems and networks.
  • Viability – social and economic systems provide opportunities for growth, renewal and innovation.
  • Community connection – Community systems and networks are understood, informed and work together to participate in planning and leading recovery through to long-term community resilience.

Following the release and consultation on the Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery, outcomes and feedback will inform the development of the Relief and Recovery Reform Strategy that will describe the relief and recovery arrangements needed to promote wellbeing, liveability, sustainability, viability, and community connection before, during and after an emergency.

The Relief and Recovery Reform Strategy will articulate the activities, projects and timelines for the implementation of the reform over the next three to five years.

Video from the Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley on the relief and recovery reform.

For further information, please download a copy of the Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery below.Download a copy of the Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery here. (External link)