Support continuous improvement to improve emergency management practice and community safety by extracting understanding from experience and research, reviewing community consequences, investigating causes and outcomes, providing assurance and translating lessons into behaviour change.

Table 37: Agency roles mapped to the VPF, by critical tasks within the Assurance and Learning core capability

 

Critical Task 21.1: Undertake assurance activities before, during and after major emergency events.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AEMO

 

Prepare gas emergency procedures, in consultation with government, ESV and industry

 

1.2, 1.6, 21.3

     

Co-ordinate Victorian Electricity Emergency Committee and Gas Emergency Management Consultative Forum emergency exercises

 

1.6, 21.3

         

ATSB

 

In addition to the independent investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences, the ATSB has a role in transport safety data recording, analysis and research, as well as fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action

 

2.1, 4.4, 21.2

     

The ATSB is responsible for investigating accidents and other transport safety matters involving civil aviation, marine and rail operations in Australia that fall within Commonwealth jurisdiction, as well as participating in overseas investigations involving Australian registered aircraft and ships. A primary concern is the safety of commercial transport, with particular regard to operations involving the travelling public

 

3.1, 3.2, 21.2

     

The ATSB liaises with agencies as required when carrying out safety investigations to determine contributing and other safety factors, and thereby to identify and reduce safety-related risk. Hence, ATSB investigations foster safety awareness, knowledge and action. It is not a function of the ATSB to apportion blame or determine liability

 

2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 21.2, 21.4, 21.5

     

The ATSB issues public reports on investigations, safety issues and reports on remedial safety actions

 

2.1, 4.5, 4.6, 6.5, 21.3, 21.5

         

CityLink

 

CityLink’s role in recovery is to participate in a post incident review/debrief

   
         

DELWP

 

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events – development of policy, programs and training for responding to wildlife welfare during emergencies

 

1.1

     

Energy – DELWP responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involves working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, in particular through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,1.6,
19.4, 19.5, 21.3

         

DoT

 

DoT works with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through conducting, participating in and observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles for vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

 

1.6, 21.2, 21.3

         

Emergency Broadcasters

 

Participation in emergency debrief forums, particularly regarding public information and media issues

 

2.4

         

ESTA

 

Provide information or insight based on ESTA’s Emergency communications information assets for post-incident review

   
         

EPA

 

In applying and enforcing the Environment Protection Act the EPA provides technical support in the prevention, mitigation and risk reduction of pollution and waste emergencies by undertaking regulatory, enforcement and investigative activities under the Environment Protection Act

   
         

Foodbank Victoria

 

Ongoing intelligence gathering and dissemination via surveys, face to face and online communication, information newsletters with charity and agency partners to determine supply and demand trends to meet ongoing food relief requirements and efforts in disaster affected areas

 

4.1, 4.3, 4.4,
4.5, 4.6, 4.7

     

Foodbank Victoria tracks, assesses and determines ongoing and changing food relief intelligence, trends and requirements across the state via regular surveys, data mapping, and strong, established communication pathways with the charity sector and agency partners

 

4.6, 4.7, 21.2

         

NOPSEMA

 

Investigate accidents, occurrences and other circumstances that may affect occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management of offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

 

4.4, 11.1

         

TSV

 

Conduct safety audits of transport operators and determine compliance with safety requirements

 

4.4

     

Collect, analyse and report on safety data and performance

 

4.4, 21.2

     

Investigate incidents and accidents for compliance with transport safety legislation and take enforcement action as appropriate

 

4.4, 21.2, 21.3

         

VBA

 

Undertake inspections, investigations and audits to ensure compliance with relevant legislation during response/recovery and input to any proposed process facilitation

 

11.1, 19.1, 19.2

     

Capture insights from activities to inform future response and review regulatory improvement opportunities to mitigate similar future emergency events

 

21.3

         
 

Critical Task 21.2: Analyse insights and identify lessons from assurance activities.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AV

 

Undertakes post incident debrief of the pre-hospital response and identifies areas for improvement

 

 

       

 

ATSB

 

In addition to the independent investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences, the ATSB has a role in transport safety data recording, analysis and research, as well as fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action

 

2.1, 4.4, 21.1

     

The ATSB is responsible for investigating accidents and other transport safety matters involving civil aviation, marine and rail operations in Australia that fall within Commonwealth jurisdiction, as well as participating in overseas investigations involving Australian registered aircraft and ships. A primary concern is the safety of commercial transport, with particular regard to operations involving the travelling public

 

3.1, 3.2, 21.1

     

The ATSB liaises with agencies as required when carrying out safety investigations to determine contributing and other safety factors, and thereby to identify and reduce safety-related risk. Hence, ATSB investigations foster safety awareness, knowledge and action. It is not a function of the ATSB to apportion blame or determine liability

 

2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 21.1, 21.4, 21.5

         

DoT

 

DoT works with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through conducting, participating in and observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles for vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

 

1.6, 21.1, 21.3

         

ESV

 

Gas – Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure gas safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through: review, monitor and audit compliance program of appliances, gas equipment, gas components, gas installations, gas related services and the conveyance, sale, supply, measurement, control and use of gas with the specified safety standards or accepted gas safety cases; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.4

     

Electricity – Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure electricity safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through reviewing, monitoring and auditing the compliance of electrical infrastructure, electrical installations, electrical equipment and vegetation with the specified safety standards, accepted electricity safety management schemes or prescriptive legislation; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.4

         

Foodbank Victoria

 

Foodbank Victoria tracks, assesses and determines ongoing and changing food relief intelligence, trends and requirements across the state via regular surveys, data mapping, and strong, established communication pathways with the charity sector and agency partners

 

4.6, 4.7, 21.1

         

TSV

 

Collect, analyse and report on safety data and performance

 

4.4, 21.1

     

Investigate incidents and accidents for compliance with transport safety legislation and take enforcement action as appropriate

 

4.4, 21.1, 21.3

         
 

Critical Task 21.3: Assess identified lessons for change / improvement activities.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AEMO

 

Prepare gas emergency procedures, in consultation with government, ESV and industry

 

1.2, 1.6, 21.1

     

Co-ordinate Victorian Electricity Emergency Committee and Gas Emergency Management Consultative Forum emergency exercises

 

1.6, 21.1

         

ATSB

 

The ATSB issues public reports on investigations, safety issues and reports on remedial safety actions

 

2.1, 4.5, 4.6, 6.5, 21.1, 21.5

         

CityLink

 

Update the Emergency Risk Management Plan with findings and recommendations from any major event including annual exercises

 

1.3, 21.5

         

DELWP

 

Energy – DELWP responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involves working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, in particular through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 19.4, 19.5, 21.1

         

DoT

 

DoT works with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through conducting, participating in and observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles for vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

 

1.6, 21.1, 21.2

         

TSV

 

Investigate incidents and accidents for compliance with transport safety legislation and take enforcement action as appropriate

 

4.4, 21.1, 21.2

         

VBA

 

Capture insights from activities to inform future response and review regulatory improvement opportunities to mitigate similar future emergency events

 

21.1

         
 

Critical Task 21.4: Monitor and measure improvement activities and outcomes.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

ATSB

 

The ATSB liaises with agencies as required when carrying out safety investigations to determine contributing and other safety factors, and thereby to identify and reduce safety-related risk. Hence, ATSB investigations foster safety awareness, knowledge and action. It is not a function of the ATSB to apportion blame or determine liability

 

2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 21.1, 21.2, 21.5

         

BRV

 

Lead and co-ordinate recovery planning across BRV’s five lines of recovery (People and Wellbeing, Aboriginal Culture and Healing, Environment and Biodiversity, Business and Economy, and Building and Infrastructure), ensuring that recovery plans are regularly reviewed through incorporating monitoring and evaluation learnings

 

1.1

         

CMAs

 

Monitor and report on performance of regional floodplain management strategies

   
         
 

Critical Task 21.5: Provide opportunities for all personnel to access and utilise identified lessons.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

ATSB

 

The ATSB liaises with agencies as required when carrying out safety investigations to determine contributing and other safety factors, and thereby to identify and reduce safety-related risk. Hence, ATSB investigations foster safety awareness, knowledge and action. It is not a function of the ATSB to apportion blame or determine liability

 

2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 21.1, 21.2, 21.4

     

The ATSB issues public reports on investigations, safety issues and reports on remedial safety actions

 

2.1, 4.5, 4.6, 6.5, 21.1, 21.3

         

CityLink

 

Update the Emergency Risk Management Plan with findings and recommendations from any major event including annual exercises

 

1.3, 21.3

         

Coroners Court of Victoria

 

To contribute to the reduction of the number of preventable deaths and fires through the findings of coronial investigations of deaths and fires, and the making of recommendations by coroners to promote public health and safety

 

1.4, 2.1