Emergency Management Planning Reform Program

EMV is leading reforms to Victoria's arrangements that apply to emergency management planning at state, regional and municipal levels.

The Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (External link) (EMLA Act) was passed through Parliament in August 2018, and will establish a new integrated, comprehensive and coordinated framework for emergency management planning.

Key deliverables under Emergency Management Planning Reform

A Program Office has been set up by EMV to support the implementation of the new arrangements by 1 December 2020, when the legislation will take effect in full.

Key deliverables to be in place by this date include:

  • Guidelines for preparing the State Emergency Management Plan
  • State Emergency Management Plan
  • Guidelines for preparing State and Regional Emergency Management Plans
  • Regional emergency management plans
  • Draft Guidelines for preparing State, Regional and Municipal Emergency Management Plans (to be issued once the municipal phase takes effect)

The obligation to start preparing Municipal Emergency Management Plans under the new guidelines will take effect on 1 December 2020. Current municipal plans will continue as a transitional measure and a rolling schedule of assurance will be established from 2021. 

Emergency Management Planning Resource Library

The emergency management planning resource library (External link) provides useful resources to inform emergency management planning. It is accessible to all involved in emergency management planning and aims to provide consistency state-wide. The fact sheets below are also located in the resource library (External link) on this website.

Key Messages - EM Planning Reform 

Fact Sheet #1 - EMPR State level planning 

Fact Sheet #2 - EMPR Regional level planning 

Fact Sheet #3 - EMPR Municipal level planning

Fact Sheet #4 - EMPR ESOs and departments 

Fact Sheet #5 - EMPR Fire prevention planning 

Fact Sheet #6 - EMPR New assurance model

Fact Sheet #7 - EMPR Sub-plans and complementary plans

Further information about the reform program

For more information about the reform program, email emergencyplanning@emv.vic.gov.au (External link)