Our structure

Emergency Management Victoria is a statutory entity led by the Emergency Management Commissioner and the Chief Executive.

It plays a key role in implementing the Victorian Government’s emergency management reform agenda.

EMV is an integral part of the emergency management sector and shares responsibility with a range of agencies, organisations and departments for ensuring the system of emergency management in Victoria is sustainable, effective and community focussed. 

Directorates within EMV: 

Operational Coordination

Deputy Commissioner, Operations: Chris Stephenson

The Operational Coordination business unit directly supports the Emergency Management Commissioner’s legislated responsibilities regarding emergency management operating procedures and standards, state emergency response planning, and emergency management coordination and operations. This includes the ongoing management and operation of the State and Regional Control Centres and their associated operating systems and processes. It also leads the coordination of relief and recovery for all emergencies in partnerships with a range of stakeholders. The business unit also has responsibility for coordinating state-wide relief and recovery priorities into policy, programs, capability and investment.

Capability and Risk

Deputy Commissioner, Capability and Risk: Deb Abbott

The Capability and Risk business unit seeks to understand emergency management risks in order to drive improvements in Victoria’s emergency management capability and capacity. The unit sets the roles, responsibilities and arrangements for the state, region and municipal levels through emergency management reform. In addition, the unit coordinates investment in learning and development programs and facilities to develop leaders within the sector, and has specific teams focused on capability uplift of high priority areas, including marine and road rescue, the emergency management workforce, critical infrastructure, and community and volunteer development.

Fire Services Reform

Chief Implementation Officer, Fire Rescue Victoria: Emma Catford
Executive Director: Anthony Lawrie

The Fire Services Reform business unit works to implement the fire services reform as outlined in the Firefighters' Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Act 2019. The Fire Services Reforms will come into effect prior to the 2020-21 summer fire season, establishing Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV), bringing together MFB and CFA career firefighters under one organisation.

Strategy and Policy

Executive Director: Jenni Rigby

The Strategy and Policy business unit leads business strategy and major projects that deliver whole of state economic, social and environmental outcomes. The business unit also leads and develops legislative and regulatory changes, and provides whole-of-government policy advice to the Emergency Management Commissioner, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and government. It also provides support to the Minister in their Cabinet, parliamentary and national roles.

Emergency Management Technology

Director: Laura Sexton

The Technology business unit is responsible for state and national technology platforms that enable communication from the community, communication to the community, sector operational communications and sector information systems.

Corporate Support and Transformation 

Acting Director: George Triantos

The Corporate Support and Transformation business unit leads the provision of internal business systems and services to support EMV and its stakeholders. Functions include organisational development, people and workplace services, financial management, procurement, grants management and risk/business continuity planning. The business unit is also responsible for leading the organisational reset and transformation.