Managing emergencies

In recent years, Victoria has faced natural disasters including devastating fires, floods and droughts – extreme events that were too big for any one agency to manage alone.

These events will continue to occur, which makes building resilience and sharing responsibility between communities, government, and others even more important.

The Victorian Government intent for emergency management in Victoria is a sustainable emergency management system that minimises the likelihood and consequence of disasters and emergencies on the Victorian community.

Under Victoria’s emergency management reforms, our emergency management arrangements mean we will be fully prepared for future emergencies and able to recover more quickly from their impacts.

Emergency Management Victoria has a key role in implementing the Victorian Government’s emergency management reform agenda. This work will drive how Victoria’s emergency services organisations train together, work to common operating standards, share the same operational picture, and use equipment and systems that work together

The Emergency Management Commissioner leads the coordinated response of Victoria’s emergency management sector in the event of a major emergency. This includes large scale, complex emergencies such as fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, building collapses and chemical spills.

While responding to emergencies will always be a critical part of what we all do, the need to put risk mitigation measures in place and prepare before emergencies is equally strong. Integrating Victoria’s relief and recovery arrangements across agencies and within communities is vital to ensure the renewal of our communities following an emergency event.

Foundations of Emergency Management (Class 1 Emergencies)

The Foundation of Emergency Management outlines the concepts of operation for emergency related activities of the responder agencies and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).

The responder agencies are:

  • Country Fire Authority (CFA)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)
  • Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES)

Download Foundations of Emergency Management (Class 1 Emergencies) (PDF 4.5 MB) (External link)

The Fundamentals of Emergency Management

The emergency management sector is working together to develop principles underpinning emergency management activities.

This first publication, the Fundamentals of Emergency Management (Class 1 emergencies) outlines the principles underpinning the emergency management activities of the CFA, the DELWP, MFB, the VICSES and EMV, produced during a period of change within the Victorian emergency management sector involving the introduction of the Emergency Management Act 2013 and the establishment of EMV on July 1 2014.

While it specifically references the responder agencies and EMV, the document provides overarching guiding principles on the management of emergencies, that may be applied to a variety of emergencies.

Download Fundamentals of Emergency Management (Class 1 emergencies) (PDF 7.3 MB) (External link)

Fundamentals of Extreme Weather and Floods

The Fundamentals of Extreme Weather and Floods provides the principles underpinning emergency management activities to manage severe weather phenomena by the agencies.

Download Fundamentals of Extreme Weather and Floods (PDF 4.3 MB) (External link)