Victorian Emergency Management Institute

The Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) was established in 2016 to enhance Victoria’s training capacity and to develop the emergency management capability of government agencies, departments, local government authorities, volunteer organisations, private sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, water corporations, professional bodies and associations, and non-government organisations.

VEMI’s programs and activities provide the emergency management sector with greater opportunities to learn, acquire new skills and build capabilities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.

Our newly renovated accommodation wing of 52 rooms, the updated 75 seat theatre, flexible learning spaces, syndicate rooms and break out areas provide the capacity to accommodate a range of residential and daily events.

Download the VEMI Brochure (External link) for further information.

VEMI's purpose

Build leadership capability across the emergency management sector through innovation, inspiring current and future leaders of the emergency management sector.


Upcoming programs


Executive Consequence Management
6 - 9 August 2019

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.

Facilitated by Emergency Management Victoria in conjunction with the Barrington Centre and the emergency management sector, 30 programs have been undertaken between 2012 and 2017, with attendance from over 700 senior emergency management practitioners from a range of business, agency, community and government departments. Presenters include experts from government, businesses, health organisations and community.

The effectiveness of emergency management rests on the ability of executive leaders to coordinate and work together collaboratively. The Executive Consequence Management Program increases participant abilities to make better and more informed decisions during major emergencies, as well as increasing the management capabilities of executives across a broader range of government and non-government agencies.

Further information and registration

Download the Executive Consequence Management brochure (External link) for further information.


Psychological First Aid (for Emergency Services)
21 March, 8 - 9 April, 9 - 10 May, 20 - 21 June 2019

Emergency Management Victoria have partnered with the Australian Red Cross for delivery of Psychological First Aid training at the Victorian Emergency Management Institute, Mount Macedon.

Learning outcomes
Participants in this program will develop the skills to:

  • understand emergencies and their effects on people and communities
  • understand the benefits of psychological first aid in emergencies
  • identify a setting where Psychological First Aid is required
  • recognise the signs of distress and triage according to need
  • understand the five elements of first aid:
    • promote safety
    • promote calm
    • promote self and community efficacy
    • promote connectedness
    • instil hope
  • actively use psychological first aid principles of look, listen and link.

Download the Psychological First Aid brochure and registration form (External link). To register your interest, please contact (External link).


Facilitate: Building Learning Organisations
2019 dates TBC

This workshop is designed for team leaders through to executives who are responsible for inspiring others to operate effectively in unknown and unusual environments. From accelerating the learning capacity of recruits to inspiring operational teams to rethink their role and public value, EMV-Facilitate is for those who want to be part of the new generation of organisations.

Learning outcomes

  • Create capacity in others through a learner-focused model
  • Create greater engagement and involvement in learning opportunities
  • Practise techniques for raising collective awareness and generating new possibilities
  • Practise techniques for inspiring learning
  • Understand the art of skilful interventions to promote engagement, learning and collective understanding
  • Better identify the barriers, limitations and consequences of our current approaches to learning and change.

To register your interest, please contact (External link).


Conference and events

Situated at the foothills of picturesque Mount Macedon and only 40 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, there are very few conference centres that match the beautiful surrounds of VEMI.

VEMI boasts full conferencing facilities for day guests or overnight stays. The newly refurbished conference rooms are suitable for small working groups or larger groups of up to 100 participants. Room and seating arrangements are versatile, and can be tailored to specific requirements.

Download the VEMI conference fact sheet (External link) for more information. 

Full catering is available with meal packages that can be tailored to suit your conference needs. View menu (External link).

To make a booking, fill in this application form (External link) and return it to (External link)


Contact VEMI

Victorian Emergency Management Institute
601 Mount Macedon Road
Mount Macedon VIC 3441
Ph: +61 3 5460 8600 (External link)