Building community safety and resilience includes working together at the local level. Communities can strengthen their lifelines by better connecting and working together with appropriate support from organisations. Build on combined community and organisational strengths before, during and after emergencies through the below critical tasks.

Table 22: Agency roles mapped to the VPF, by critical tasks within the Building Community Resilience core capability

 

Critical Task 6.1: Connecting with people and by supporting them to use their networks to communicate effectively.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DET

 

Provision of advice and list of suggested resources to non‑government schools

 

4.5

         

LSV

 

Development and provision of education in water safety and associated messaging, first aid, CPR, swimming and lifesaving programs at swimming pools, open water locations, schools and lifesaving clubs including accredited training for Personal Water Craft and Inflatable Rescue Boats

 

2.1, 6.4

         

Services Australia

 

Services Australia may also provide the service of having staff available with specialist skills (for example social workers, community engagement officers, indigenous service officers) to work with disaster affected individuals and communities in relation to Services Australia payments and services

 

3.2, 14.4, 15.4, 15.5, 20.6

         

VicPol

 

Building social capital and resilience in communities to prepare for a sustained recovery from extreme emergencies and natural disasters through the provision of information and education in the media and other means

 

1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5

         
 

Critical Task 6.2: Using local knowledge to better understand and identify local needs.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

ARC

 

ARC builds community resilience and social connectedness through engagement and emergency planning activities at individual and community levels, empowering communities to develop initiatives through local volunteer networks and connections

 

1.2, 6.4

         

DJPR

 

DJPR is lead agency for the recovery activity of working with municipal councils to develop and implement appropriate actions and projects that support local and regional economy recovery priorities. Initiatives will be tailored to address the specific consequences of an emergency

 

17.4, 17.5

         

LSV

 

Provision of expert advice on aquatic risk management systems and water safety signage

 

2.1, 4.5

         
 

Critical Task 6.3: Working through likely scenarios to manage underlying stresses and cope with shocks that may continue to impact the community.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

CFA

 

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through broadening community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community

 

2.1

         

DELWP

 

Energy – Provide advice to communities on the installation and restoration of energy supplies that enhance resilience and mitigate the reliance on main energy supplies following an emergency

 

6.4, 6.6, 19.8

         

FRV

 

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through broadening community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community

 

2.1

         

St John Ambulance

 

Promotion and provision of community first aid training through public education in schools, workplaces and to the public

 

2.1, 4.5

         

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

 

Broadening community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community

   
         
 

Critical Task 6.4: Working together to identify local context and develop local solutions.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AV

 

Engage with communities to build their resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

 

1.4, 1.5, 6.5

         

ARC

 

ARC builds community resilience and social connectedness through engagement and emergency planning activities at individual and community levels, empowering communities to develop initiatives through local volunteer networks and connections

 

1.2, 6.2

         

CMAs

 

Prioritise regional flooding issues in cooperation with local government, VICSES and the community

 

1.5

     

Support community education and involvement on flooding issues

   
         

DELWP

 

Energy – Provide advice to communities on the installation and restoration of energy supplies that enhance resilience and mitigate the reliance on main energy supplies following an emergency

 

6.3, 6.6, 19.8

         

LSV

 

Development and provision of education in water safety and associated messaging, first aid, CPR, swimming and lifesaving programs at swimming pools, open water locations, schools and lifesaving clubs including accredited training for Personal Water Craft and Inflatable Rescue Boats

 

2.1, 6.1

         
 

Critical Task 6.5: Sharing information and learning from experiences to make better decisions in the future.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AV

 

Engage with communities to build their resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

 

1.4, 1.5, 6.4

         

ATSB

 

The ATSB works in cooperation with the police and emergency services when exercising its powers of investigation and works in parallel with other investigative bodies. However, there are significant limitations on release of information/evidence gathered by the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act. In addition, ATSB reports are inadmissible in civil or criminal proceedings except in certain limited circumstances such as coronial inquiries

 

3.1, 3.2, 4.4, 4.5

     

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

 

2.1, 4.5, 4.6, 21.1, 21.3, 21.5

         

EMC

 

Building community resilience through supporting education and awareness with communities about preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies

 

2.1

         
 

Critical Task 6.6: Encouraging self-reliance by enabling communities to cope for up to 72 hours without significant external assistance.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

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 incorporate initiatives that build community resilience where-ever this is possible

 

1.1

         

DELWP

 

Energy – Provide advice to communities on the installation and restoration of energy supplies that enhance resilience and mitigate the reliance on main energy supplies following an emergency

 

6.3, 6.4, 19.8