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The following tables, which the EM Act 2013 requires, identify control agencies and response support agencies. Response planners should use the tables to identify agencies that need to be included in response plans. The tables do not list all agencies that may be involved in any particular emergency, nor do they list all emergencies that may be encountered.

Refer to the SEMP for an explanation of response concepts and operational arrangements.

Response control

In using the table below, consider the arrangements within the Response section in the SEMP.

Where multiple control agencies are listed for the same emergency type in the table, the control agency responsibility is delineated through legislation or administrative arrangements. 

Table 9: Control agencies, by emergency
The table lists the control agency - the primary agency responsible for responding to the specified emergency. There are exceptions to the listing in certain circumstances. Sub-plans are also listed for some emergencies, where applicable, but there are exceptions to the listing in certain circumstances.

 

Natural event

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Earthquake (see State Earthquake Sub-Plan)

 

VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Flood (see State Flood Sub-Plan)

 

VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Heat (see State Extreme Heat Sub-Plan)

 

EMC

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Storm (see State Storm Sub-Plan)

 

VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Tsunami (see State Tsunami Sub-Plan)

 

VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Landslide

 

VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

 

 

Fire and explosion

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Aircraft

 

CFA/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Aircraft (designated airports)

 

ARFFS

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Boilers and pressure vessels

 

CFA/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Explosion

 

CFA/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Explosive device

 

VicPol

 

3

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Fire (see State Bushfire Sub-Plan)

 

CFA/FRV/DELWP

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Fire Management & Suppression
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Fire (designated airports)

 

ARFFS

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Fire Management & Suppression
  • Health Emergency Response
             

 

 

Road or other accident

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Aircraft

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Aircraft (designated airports)

 

ARFFS

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Biological releases (including leaks and spills)

 

DHHS

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Gas leakage

 

CFA/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Hazardous materials, high consequence dangerous goods or dangerous goods (including leaks and spills)

 

CFA/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Lifts, cranes or scaffolding and amusement structures

 

CFA (exc. cranes)/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Building collapse

 

CFA/FRV/VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Marine (not including marine pollution, cetaceans or wildlife)

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Military aircraft and ships

 

ADF

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Radioactive materials (including leaks and spills) (see State Health Emergency Response Plan)

 

DHHS

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Rail and tram

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Road

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Aircraft – inflight emergency

 

Airservices

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
  • Environmental Response
  • Health Protection
             

Maritime casualty – non SAR (all vessels) in commercial and local port waters
(see State Maritime Emergencies (non-search and rescue) Plan)

 

Commercial or local port manager [2] /TSV

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Maritime casualty – non SAR (all vessels in coastal waters) not in commercial and local port waters
(see State Maritime Emergencies (non-search and rescue) Plan)

 

TSV

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Cetacean (whale and dolphin) stranding, entanglement and vessel strike

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
             
 

Plague or an epidemic or contamination

See State Biosecurity Sub-Plan and State Health Emergency Response Plan.

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Emergency animal disease (includes bees and aquaculture)

 

DJPR

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Environmental Response
             

Plant pest or disease

 

DJPR

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Environmental Response
             

Marine pollution oil spills in Victorian coastal waters up to three nautical miles

 

DoT / Port manager [3]

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
             

Wildlife affected by marine and fresh water pollution

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Environmental Response
             

Exotic marine pest incursion

 

DJPR

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Environmental Response
             

Vertebrate pest/plagues

 

DJPR

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Environmental Response
             

Retail food contamination

 

DHHS

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Food contamination (potential to cause harm to health)

 

DHHS

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Drinking water contamination

 

DHHS

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Human disease

 

DHHS

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Blue-green algae

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Wildlife welfare arising from an emergency event

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Non-hazardous pollution of inland waters

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Shark hazard

 

VFA

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             
 

A warlike act or act of terrorism

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1] 

A warlike act or act of terrorism, hijack, siege or riot

 

VicPol

 

3

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Other threats against persons, property or environment

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             
 

A disruption to an essential service

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Food supply and critical infrastructure damage or disruption

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Electricity (see State Electricity and Gas Supply Sub-Plan)

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Natural gas (see State Electricity and Gas Supply Sub-Plan)

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Petroleum and liquid fuels

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Public transport (see State Public Transport Disruption Sub-Plan)

 

DoT

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Roads/bridges/tunnels

 

DoT

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Dam safety

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services

 

DELWP

 

2

 
  • Community Information & Warnings
  • Operational Management
  • Intelligence & Information Sharing
  • Impact Assessment
  • Health Protection
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Cyber security (see State Cyber Security Sub-Plan)

 

DPC

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
             
 

Rescue

Note: in some instances, this could be a response support function.

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Building, structure

 

CFA/FRV/VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Cave

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Land

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Lift, crane, scaffolding or amusement structure

 

CFA (exc. cranes)/FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Mine/quarry

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Rail, aircraft [4] and industrial

 

CFA/FRV/VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Road

 

CFA/FRV/VICSES

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Trench or tunnel

 

FRV

 

1

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Water

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             
 

Search

Note: in some instances, this could be a response support function.

Form of emergency

 

Control agency (CA)

 

Class of major emergency

 

VPF core capability (emergency type) [1]

Land

 

VicPol

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Water

 

VicPol/AMSA

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Overdue aircraft

 

AMSA

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

Distress beacon detection

 

AMSA

 

2

 
  • Operational Management
  • Search & Rescue
  • Health Emergency Response
             

 

Footnotes

[1] The core capabilities listed in the Response table’s “VPF core capability (emergency type) column” apply to the type of emergency, not the lead agency listed. See section: Agency Roles and Responsibilities alignment to the Victorian Preparedness Framework for further analysis of agency alignment to comprehensive emergency management core capabilities.

[2] Commercial port manager for the purpose of this table are the: Port of Portland, Gippsland Ports, Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) and Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

[3] Port manager for the purpose of this table are the Port of Hastings Development Authority, Port of Portland, Gippsland Ports and Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne).

[4] Aircraft rescues that occur within designated airports are a Class 2 major emergency, led by ARFFS.