Our structure

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

Directorates within EMV 


Risk and Resilience - Jennifer Wolcott (Acting Director)

The Risk and Resilience directorate is responsible for developing the State Risk and Mitigation Plan, designing, implementing and monitoring the Integrated Emergency Management Planning Framework, and conducting and sponsoring emergency management research and evaluations.

Emergency management resilience, consequence management and volunteer development are also led by this directorate.

Executive Office - Andrew Minack (Chief Executive) and Andrew Crisp (Emergency Management Commissioner)

The Executive Office supports the Emergency Management Commissioner and the Chief Executive in the delivery and performance of their functions. This includes the provision of strategic advice, policies and protocols regarding warnings and public information during emergencies, and communications and media support. The Executive Office also drives the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives across EMV and the sector, and oversees and coordinates the responses to reviews and inquiries, and the implementation of relevant recommendations. 

Legal Policy and Executive Services - Sarah Harvey (Director)

The Legal Policy and Executive Services business unit leads and develops legislative and regulatory changes, and provides whole-of-government policy advice to the Commissioner, Minister for Emergency Services and Government.

It also provides support to the Minister in their Cabinet, parliamentary and national roles.

Corporate Support Services - Chris Balfour (Acting Director)

The Corporate Support Services directorate leads the provision of internal business systems and services to support EMV. Functions include organisation development, business planning, financial management, procurement, grants management and risk / business continuity planning.

Strategy and Investment - Chris Balfour (Acting Director)

The Strategy and Investment directorate leads business strategy, sector investment and major projects that deliver whole of State economic, social and environment outcomes.

The directorate works closely with departments and agencies to achieve sector wide outcomes. The team also provides secretariat support to several high level sector governance committees.

Workplace Relations - Kelvin Reidy (Director)

The Workplace Relations directorate is responsible for liaising with the emergency services organisations in order to provide advice to the Minister on agency specific workplace relations issues, including bargaining on enterprise agreements, specific workplace relations issues and disputes.

Relief and Recovery - Jenni Rigby (Acting Director)

The Relief and Recovery directorate leads coordination of relief and recovery for all emergencies in partnerships with a range of stakeholders. The directorate also has responsibility for coordinating State-wide relief and recovery priorities into policy, programs, capability and investment.

The Directorate is leading reform to the current relief and recovery arrangements through a cohesive and future focused strategy for relief and recovery in Victoria.

Capability and Response - Deb Abbott (Acting Director and Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner)

The Capability and Response directorate leads, develops and facilitates reform and improvement of the emergency management sector’s capability and response to major emergencies through  training and exercising strategy and frameworks, sector wide lessons management and review activities, state and regional capability and community emergency warnings and information.

The directorate also 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 including the ongoing management and operation of the State and Regional Control Centre’s and their associated operating systems and processes.

EMV Organisational Chart