How we help

Emergency Management Victoria is leading emergency management in Victoria by working with communities, government, agencies and business to strengthen their capacity to withstand, plan for, respond to and recover from emergencies.


The Victorian emergency management sector is supporting communities to better connect and build a safer and more resilient future.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA)

Natural Disaster Financial Assistance for local councils is provided to assist in the recovery process and to alleviate some of the financial burden that may be experienced following a natural disaster, in accordance with Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Following the process outlined on these pages will allow us to process your claim quickly.

Resilient Recovery Strategy

The Resilient Recovery Strategy identifies four strategic actions that promote a shared responsibility approach to emergency management and the importance of recovery planning.

Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Local Government

The Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Local Government, provides a range of tools, resources and literature to help local government and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

Emergency management capability in Victoria

A model to understand capability in Victoria has been in development in the emergency management sector since 2015. It is based on the United States’ National Preparedness Goal.

Executive Consequence Management

The Executive Consequence Management (ECM) Program is a three-day residential program which drives the all communities, all emergency model of emergency management in strategic leaders within Victoria’s emergency management sector.

Grants and awards

Emergency Management Victoria manages several grants programs and awards on behalf of the State and Commonwealth Government.


The emergency management sector comprises a wide range of agencies, departments, not for profit organisations, industry and businesses, some with core business outside of emergency management. The expertise, research and knowledge generated by these organisations is critical to better understanding emergency management in Victoria.


Victoria’s greatest asset is its diverse society. The state has a rich Aboriginal heritage and is home to people from more than 200 countries and 260 cultural and linguistic backgrounds. People identify in different ways with respect to their age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation, faith and socio-economic status, and the communities with which they connect can be many and varied.

Reviews and Lessons Management

Lessons management involves the identification and learning of lessons captured through assurance activities (including debriefing, monitoring and reviews) occurring before, during and after emergencies.


Volunteers play a critical role in the delivery of emergency management across Victoria. There are over 100,000 volunteers throughout the State across a wide range of agencies, supported by paid staff.