Participating agencies for mitigation

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The following table lists the 15 emergency risks assessed as significant for the State and relevant mitigation activities - participating agencies could be involved in any aspect of the mitigation activity, including regulatory oversight and policy development.

Mitigation activities for other emergencies (not listed in this table) are detailed in the section: Agency Roles and Responsibilities alignment to Victorian Preparedness Framework. Investment in mitigation activities for all emergencies is important to achieve effective risk reduction.

Table 8: Mitigation activities and agencies for managing Victoria’s significant emergency risks, by emergency

 

Bushfire

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Land use planning

 
  • CFA
  • DELWP
  • FRV
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
         

Building regulations, standards and codes

 
  • Municipal councils
  • VBA
 
  • Planning
         

Landscape fuel management including legislative requirements

 
  • CFA
  • DELWP
  • FRV
  • Municipal councils
  • PV
 
  • Planning
  • Fire Management & Suppression
   
   
   
   
         

Fire ignition controls including total fire ban days, arson programs

 
  • CFA
  • DELWP
  • FRV
  • VicPol
 
  • Planning
  • Fire Management & Suppression
   
   
   
         

Community education, awareness and engagement to prevent and respond to bushfire

 
  • CFA
  • DELWP
  • FRV
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Fire Management & Suppression
   
   
         

Seasonal arrangements to ensure capability

 
  • CFA
  • DELWP
  • EMV
  • FRV
 
  • Planning
   
   
   
         

Restricted access to public land

 
  • DELWP
  • PV
 
  • Fire Management & Suppression
   
         
 

Earthquake

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Building standards/regulations and enforcement (post 1989, 1993, 2007 standards)

 
  • FRV
  • Municipal councils
  • VBA
 
  • Planning
   
   
         

Critical infrastructure (engineering) vulnerability assessments and maintenance regimes (essential services, dams/levees, buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels)

 
  • Critical infrastructure owners / operators
  • DELWP
  • DoT
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
         

Land use planning

 
  • DELWP
  • FRV
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
         

List of vulnerable (e.g. pre- 1989) buildings in CBD to inform response planning

 
  • DELWP
  • Melbourne City Council
 
  • Planning
         

Community engagement, education and awareness

 
  • VICSES
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
         
 

Electricity supply disruption

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Legislative framework, e.g.Electricity Industry Act, Electricity Safety Act, national electricity laws and rules

 
  • AEMO
  • DELWP
  • ESV
 
  • Planning
         

System redundancy (N-1)

 
  • Electricity companies
  • EMV
 
  • Planning
         

Urban development and planning

 
  • DELWP
 
  • Planning
         

Tower barriers, signage and fencing

 
  • Electricity companies
 
  • Planning
         

Security controls and surveillance

 
  • Electricity companies
 
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Public Order & Community Safety
         

Public awareness

 
  • DELWP
  • Electricity companies
  • ESV
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
         

Maintenance inspections

 
  • Electricity companies
  • ESV
 
  • Planning
         

Supervisory control and data acquisition and automated protection scheme

 
  • Electricity companies
 
  • Planning
         

System modelling

 
  • AEMO
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Market mechanisms

 
  • AEMO
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Load management strategies including segmented customers to minimise community impacts

 
  • AEMO
  • DELWP
  • Electricity companies
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Public communication and engagement

 
  • AEMO
  • DELWP
  • EMV
  • FRV
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
         

Industry forums, including regular emergency exercises

 
  • DELWP
  • Electricity companies
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Emergency animal disease

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Customs and quarantine infrastructure and services

 
  • Australian Border Force
 
  • Planning
         

International standards and conventions

 
  • World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
 
  • Planning
         

Australian border controls policy and operations

 
  • Australian Border Force
 
  • Planning
         

Regulated control of risk activities associated with animal feeding

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
         

Regulated control of vaccinations and therapeutics

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
         

Regulated control of farm biosecurity practices

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
         

Disease surveillance activities - epidemiological information (data and analysis)

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

International surveillance/intelligence

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Regulated control of native wildlife rehabilitation and licensing

 
  • DELWP
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Farming industry supply chain best practice and accreditation

 
  • DJPR
  • VFF
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Specialist training of staff and industry

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Awareness raising, education, information dissemination

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
         
 

Emergency plant pest

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Preparedness and contingency plans

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Surveillance programs

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Diagnostic testing

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

National border control

 
  • Australian Border Force
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

State border control

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Education and stakeholder engagement

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Conditions on movement (e.g. insecticide requirements for red imported fire ant host materials)

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Pest and disease alerts

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Farm biosecurity/awareness

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Public awareness campaigns

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Plant health certification and auditing

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Chemical control

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Flood

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Legislative policy framework including floodplain management strategy, reform (lessons learnt)

 
  • DELWP
  • Melbourne Water
 
  • Planning
         

Land use planning (Strategic and statutory)

 
  • DELWP
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
         

Flood mitigation infrastructure e.g. levees, retarding basins

 
  • Melbourne Water
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
         

Vegetation/waterway management

 
  • CMAs
  • Melbourne Water
 
  • Planning
         

Property modifications

 
  • Property owners
 
  • Planning
         

Community engagement, education and awareness

 
  • Municipal councils
  • VICSES
 
  • Planning
         

Flood emergency planning including readiness

 
  • DELWP
  • EMV
  • Melbourne Water
  • VICSES
 
  • Planning
         

Flood data/intelligence and mapping

 
  • DELWP
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Total Flood Warning System

 
  • DELWP
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Gas supply disruption

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Legislative and regulatory framework, including Gas Industry Act 2001, Gas Safety Act 1997 and associated Gas Safety Cases, National Gas Law and National Gas Regulations, critical infrastructure resilience requirements under the EM Act 2013

 
  • AEMO
  • DELWP
  • ESV
  • Gas companies
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
         

Buried pipelines, signage and fencing

 
  • Gas companies
 
  • Planning
         

Security controls and surveillance including patrol and inspection

 
  • Gas companies
 
  • Public Order & Community Safety
         

Public awareness

 
  • DELWP
  • EMV
  • ESV
  • Gas companies
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Maintenance inspections

 
  • Gas companies
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

System modelling

 
  • Gas companies
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

AEMO maintenance co-ordination and direction powers, including 24x7 control room and gas duty system

 
  • AEMO
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Industry forums, including regular emergency exercises

 
  • DELWP
  • Gas companies
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Annual Victorian Gas Planning Report

 
  • AEMO
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Hazardous materials incident

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Reduction/substitution of HAZMAT use (including inventory minimisation)

 
  • EPA
  • FRV
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
         

Land use planning and regulation, and process facility/residential/commercial development designs

 
  • DELWP
  • FRV
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
         

HAZMAT storage design and maintenance (including transport design)

 
  • EPA
  • FRV
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
         

HAZMAT transport requirements (e.g. prohibitions, material volume and selection, route and timing selection, transport mode, stakeholder engagement (e.g. WorkSafe Victoria, FRV, DoT, transporter, receiver)

 
  • CFA
  • DoT
  • EPA
  • FRV
  • Transport companies
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
         

Pre-transport consequence modelling and readiness - plume modelling, etc.

 
  • CFA
  • DoT (oil spills only)
  • EPA
  • FRV
 
  • Planning
         

Dangerous Goods transporter maintenance, training, licensing, inspection etc. (road/rail/marine, pipeline)

 
  • EPA (licence for transport of hazardous waste)
  • FRV
  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
  • WorkSafe Victoria (management of dangerous goods in transport, storage and handling)
 
  • Planning
         

Legislation/regulation and enforcement (e.g. Major Hazard Facilities, Dangerous Goods Code preventative requirements), supported by audits and inspection

 
  • EPA
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
         
 

Heatwave

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Education and community resilience – Survive the Heat campaign

 
  • DHHS
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Weather forecasting

 
  • BoM
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Planning (state, local and agency preparedness)

 
  • DELWP
  • DHHS
  • DoT
  • EMV
  • MEMPC (local)
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Heat Health Alert System to alert subscribers of forecast extreme heat

 
  • BoM
  • DHHS
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Urban planning (water fountains, cool places – parks, air-conditioned facilities)

 
  • DELWP
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Rescheduling public events

 
  • Event organisers
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Well designed and maintained (resilient) infrastructure.

 
  • Infrastructure asset owners
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Liquid fuel disruption

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Legislative and regulatory framework, including Fuel Emergency Act 1977, critical infrastructure resilience requirements under the EM Act 2013

 
  • DELWP
  • Fuel companies
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
         

Security controls and surveillance including patrol and inspection

 
  • Fuel companies
  • Pipeline operators
 
  • Public Order & Community Safety
         

Public awareness

 
  • DELWP
  • Fuel companies
  • Pipeline operators
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Maintenance inspections

 
  • Fuel companies
  • Pipeline operators
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

System modelling

 
  • Fuel companies
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Industry forums, including regular emergency exercises

 
  • DELWP
  • Fuel companies
  • Pipeline operators
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Maritime emergency (non-search and rescue)

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Condition surveys for vessel class, commercial charter, and insurance requirements

 
  • AMSA
 
  • Planning
         

International Maritime Organisation licensing requirements and audits for vessel crews

 
  • AMSA
 
  • Planning
         

Implementation of International Safety Management code requirements (e.g. safety management system)

 
  • AMSA
 
  • Planning
         

Legislation and enforcement (e.g. compulsory marine pilotage/exempt masters, Harbour master directions, safety duty (So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable) obligations of port manager, port operator, vessel operators, offshore facility operators etc.)

 
  • DoT
  • Port owners / operators
  • TSV
  • VRCA
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
         

State and national audits and inspection of commercial vessels, port infrastructure, offshore facilities (note vessel condition monitoring done by Commonwealth)

 
  • AMSA
  • DoT
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Licensed, current and competent pilots

 
  • Pilotage service providers
  • TSV
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Navigational systems including charts, Vessel Tracking Service, Dynamic Under Keel Clearance system, marks, aids to navigation (wave, wind, tide, swell etc.), personal pilotage units etc.

 
  • AMSA
  • Pilotage service providers
  • Port owners / operators
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Melbourne and Geelong harbour tug fleet capacity and redundancy for normal operations (limited capacity for coastal operations)

 
  • Port owners / operators
 
  • Planning
  • Operational Management
  • Assurance & Learning
         
 

Mine emergency

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Legislation/regulation and enforcement of Mineral Resources Sustainable Development Act 1990 and regulations (licensing and approvals process for operators of declared mines),Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, EM Act 2013, EM (Critical Infrastructure Resilience) Regulations 2015, Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Regulations 2014, Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005

 
  • CFA
  • DJPR
  • EMV
  • ESV
  • FRV
  • WorkSafe Victoria
 
  • Planning
         

Operator implementation of Triggered Action Response Plan (including consultation with government agencies) and monitoring/maintenance

 
  • Mine owners / operators
 
  • Planning
       

 

Implementation of risk-based mine work plans and Risk Management Plans (formerly Risk Assessment and Management Plans), addressing specific mine stability, fire, explosion, flooding etc. controls

 
  • DJPR
  • Mine owners / operators
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Audits and inspection

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Planning consent and work plan approvals (initial and on-going)

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Implementing licensee and work plan conditions for mine operators to manage identified risks

 
  • DJPR
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Technical review board (provides independent advice to DJPR and the Minister on mine stability).

 
  • DJPR
  • Minister for Resources
 
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Pandemic influenza

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Influenza vaccination

 
  • DHHS
  • Health services
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Health guidelines and relevant standards and codes

 
  • DHHS
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Community education

 
  • DHHS
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Health sector pandemic planning, surge capacity planning and exercises

 
  • DHHS
  • Health services
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Surveillance and modelling data from outbreaks, research of historic events

 
  • DHHS
 
  • Planning
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Storm

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

Drainage systems (drainage standards and strategy)

 
  • Melbourne Water
  • Municipal councils
 
  • Planning
         

Buildings compliant to engineering standards (planning and building standards/regulations)

 
  • Municipal councils
  • VBA
 
  • Planning
         

BoM weather and warning network and systems

 
  • BoM
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Equipped, trained and prepared essential services including power, water, gas and transport

 
  • Electricity companies
  • Gas companies
  • Water corporations
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         

Community engagement, education and awareness

 
  • VICSES
 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
         
 

Water supply disruption

Activity

 

Participating agencies

 

VPF core capability

System resilience e.g. desal plant and grid connectivity

 
  • DELWP
  • Water corporations
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Critical infrastructure resilience

 
  • Critical infrastructure operators
  • DELWP
  • EMV
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning
         

Legislative framework and regulations including Water Act 1989, Water Industry Act 1994 and Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 (risk management plans and audits)

 
  • DELWP (Water Act 1989)
  • DHHS (Safe Drinking Water Act 2003)
 
  • Planning
  • Assurance & Learning