Our legislation

The Emergency Management Act 2013 (the Act) established Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) including :

  • The Emergency Management Commissioner is responsible for coordinating the response to major emergencies (including ensuring appropriate control arrangements are in place) and operating effectively during Class 1 and Class 2 emergencies.  The EMC is also responsible for co-ordinating consequence management and recovery for all major emergencies.
  • The Chief Executive of Emergency Management Victoria is responsible for the day to day management of Emergency Management Victoria, and the coordination of investment planning for large scale strategic projects for the responder agencies including major procurement and communications and information systems

The Act also established the following separate positions and functions:

  • The State Crisis and Resilience Council includes the Secretaries from all Government Departments, CEO of the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Emergency Management Commissioner , the Chief Executive and the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, and is responsible for providing emergency management policy and strategy advice to the Victorian Government
  • The Inspector-General for Emergency Management is responsible for developing and maintaining a monitoring and assurance framework, and evaluating the performance of the sector.

The Emergency Management Act 2013 is the first part of four planned stages to renew emergency management arrangements in Victoria. The 2013 Act focused on governance and first principle legislative requirements.

*The Emergency Management Act 2013 can be found at www.legislation.vic.gov.au (External link)