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.

The more that emergency managers can support these different communities to be resilient, the stronger and more prepared Victoria will be to navigate the chronic stresses and acute shocks that may come in the future.

Understanding the needs, capabilities and expectations of these different communities is essential in ensuring their safety and strengthening their resilience.

Every physical and interest-based community in Victoria is different. Many of these communities are changing rapidly. Some are experiencing significant growth, which presents both challenges and opportunities. Others, particularly in rural areas, are potentially in decline.