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. 

The unit manages the operation of the State and Regional Control Centres and their associated operating systems and processes. It also supports the legislated responsibilities of the EMC in leading coordination of policies, programs and operations for relief and recovery for emergencies in partnership with a range of stakeholders.

Capability and Risk

Deputy Commissioner, Capability and Risk: Deb Abbott

The Capability and Risk business unit seeks to understand emergency management risks, drive improvements in the sector, and set the the roles, responsibilities and arrangements for the state, regional and municipal levels through emergency management planning. 

The unit also 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. 

For example, the unit manages technology platforms responsible for the issuing of public warnings, the coordination of major technology investment planning and procurement, and large-scale strategic projects within Victoria and nationally.

Further priority areas include (but are not limited to): 

  • marine and road rescue
  • mapping and predictive services
  • intelligence
  • the emergency management workforce
  • critical infrastructure
  • and community and volunteer development

Emergency Management Sector Investment, Performance & Reform

Executive Director: Mariela Diaz

The Emergency Management Sector Investment, Performance and Reform business unit oversees three key areas to support portfolio emergency services organisations: sector investment, performance reporting and reform implementation. 

The unit works collaboratively across the emergency management sector to enable reform and deliver sustainable, traceable and measurable investment in the emergency management sector that has a tangible impact on the Victorian community. 

Functions of the business unit include:

  • Coordinating strategic financial investment across the emergency management sector including the administration of grants and natural disaster relief funding.
  • Coordinating key performance reporting requirements across the emergency management sector including Budget Paper 3 and 4, and public response time measures.
  • Working with partner agencies to coordinate work programs across relevant reform initiatives to ensure effective implementation, and where required, delivering, or facilitating and contributing to the delivery of, defined work packages and products.
  • Ensuring the delivery of risk management, business continuity and strategic planning for EMV.

Emergency Management Strategy

Acting Executive Director: Sam Redlich

The Emergency Management Strategy business unit leads whole of sector policy development, strategy and major projects that deliver social, environmental, and economic outcomes for the sector. 

The business unit leads and develops legislative and regulatory changes, and provides policy advice to the Emergency Management Commissioner, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and government. It also supports to the Minister in their Cabinet, parliamentary and national roles.