To assess and manage the consequences to the community, environmental values, domestic animals and livestock of a hazardous materials release, naturally occurring pests or biological hazard.

Table 32: Agency roles mapped to the VPF, by critical tasks within the Environmental Response core capability

 

Critical Task 16.1: Conduct risk / epidemiological assessments and identify consequence management strategies.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Airservices

 

ARFFS provides assistance to state agencies in other emergencies that causes or threatens to cause death or injury to persons, damage to property, harm to the environment and disruption to essential services. These services include initial hazardous materials response on or in the vicinity of designated airports

 

3.2, 16.7

         

DELWP

 

DELWP is lead agency for the recovery activity of surveying and mitigating risks to protect threatened bird, marsupial, aquatic and plant species affected by emergencies on land within its portfolio and providing advisory services to others

 

4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 16.2

     

DELWP is lead agency for the recovery activity of co-ordinating waste pollution management strategies

   
         

DJPR

 

DJPR is the control agency for marine pest incursion and for biosecurity incursions, including emergency animal disease outbreaks (including bees and aquaculture), plant pest or disease outbreaks (including plague locusts), invasive plant and animal incursions and rapid and significant increases in established pest populations (vertebrate pests and plagues)

 

3.1, 15.7, 16.2

         

Melbourne Water

 

Provide advice and support to the control agency and other response agencies regarding the impact of an incident or emergency (including pollution to waterways) within Melbourne Water’s waterway management district

 

3.2, 11.1

         

VFA

 

Supporting DHHS in sampling of shellfish for marine biotoxin contamination

 

3.2, 16.2

     

VFA is a key support agency for response to fish mortality (fish deaths) events, including an initial impact assessment and notifying the relevant control agency if the cause relates/is suspected to relate to hazards managed by that agency e.g. exotic animal disease, pollution, blue-green algae bloom

 

3.2, 11.1, 11.3, 16.2, 16.3

     

VFA is a key support agency for responding to Blue-green algae blooms where these impact on fisheries and fishing

 

3.2, 16.2

     

VFA is a key support agency for responding to marine pest incursions

   
         
 

Critical Task 16.2: Conduct monitoring and surveillance activities.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DELWP

 

DELWP is lead agency for the recovery activity of surveying and mitigating risks to protect threatened bird, marsupial, aquatic and plant species affected by emergencies on land within its portfolio and providing advisory services to others

 

4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 16.1

         

DJPR

 

DJPR promotes resilience through monitoring and surveillance programs for agricultural pests and diseases

 

4.3

     

DJPR promotes resilience through monitoring and compliance programs under relevant legislation

 

4.3

     

DJPR is the control agency for marine pest incursion and for biosecurity incursions, including emergency animal disease outbreaks (including bees and aquaculture), plant pest or disease outbreaks (including plague locusts), invasive plant and animal incursions and rapid and significant increases in established pest populations (vertebrate pests and plagues)

 

3.1, 15.7, 16.1

         

EPA

 

EPA provides a technical support agency role by responding to and assessing reports of pollution from the community, industry, government agencies and emergency services

 

3.2, 4.4

     

EPA provides a technical support agency role by providing and co-ordinating with other support agencies for environmental monitoring to inform the provision of advice

   
         

LSV

 

Provision of air and sea marine animal detection services in support of the VFA

 

3.2

         

NOPSEMA

 

Develop and implement effective monitoring and enforcement strategies to secure compliance for occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management in offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

 

1.3, 4.3

         

PV

 

Development and administration of procedures and guidelines to ensure processes are in place to manage any potential risks associated with dams managed by PV consistent with the Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulations. Mitigation activities include implementing dam safety monitoring procedures for PV dams, developing emergency management plans for large dams, and undertake periodic training and exercising to ensure the emergency management plan and associated business continuity plan is tested and can be implemented effectively

 

1.1, 1.5, 1.6

         

VFA

 

Supporting DHHS in sampling of shellfish for marine biotoxin contamination

 

3.2, 16.1

     

VFA is a key support agency for response to fish mortality (fish deaths) events, including an initial impact assessment and notifying the relevant control agency if the cause relates/is suspected to relate to hazards managed by that agency e.g. exotic animal disease, pollution, blue-green algae bloom

 

3.2, 11.1, 11.3, 16.1, 16.3

     

VFA is a key support agency for responding to Blue-green algae blooms where these impact on fisheries and fishing

 

3.2, 16.1

     

VFA is a key support agency for DHHS responding to food contamination involving fish in Victorian waters

 

3.2, 16.3

         

VPC(M)

 

Monitor the movement of dangerous goods through the Port

   
         
 

Critical Task 16.3: Co-ordinate the delivery of diagnostic services.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

PV

 

PV assists in the response to blue-green algal blooms by erecting relevant signage and taking water samples. This is described in the Blue-Green Algae Circular where PV is the designated waterway manager under the Marine Act 1988, (e.g. Albert Park Lake, lower reaches of the Barwon River system (including Lake Connewarre, Lysterfield Lake and Tower Hill) under the direction of the relevant CMAs

 

3.2, 2.3

         

VFA

 

VFA is a key support agency for response to fish mortality (fish deaths) events, including an initial impact assessment and notifying the relevant control agency if the cause relates/is suspected to relate to hazards managed by that agency e.g. exotic animal disease, pollution, blue-green algae bloom

 

3.2, 11.1, 11.3, 16.1, 16.2

     

VFA is a key support agency for DHHS responding to food contamination involving fish in Victorian waters

 

3.2, 16.2

         
 

Critical Task 16.4: Restrict the movement of spread vectors or hosts using legislative instruments (includes ‘standstill’).

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

VFA

 

Enforcement of provisions under the Fisheries Act 1995 prohibiting bringing into Victoria, possession, transporting or release of declared noxious aquatic species

 

1.3, 5.4, 16.5

         
 

Critical Task 16.5: Restrict the movement of hazardous materials or organisms using physical containment methods.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AMSA

 

Manager of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies including management of oil spill response equipment stockpiles, an aerial dispersant capability and a national team of trained responders and emergency managers

 

12.4

         

PV

 

Provision of trained staff available to respond through clean-up and containment of oil and chemical pollution incidents in the local ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell, and state waters under the direction of DoT, in liaison with or as their agents, and the EPA under the Victorian Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

 

3.2

         

VFA

 

Enforcement of provisions under the Fisheries Act 1995 prohibiting bringing into Victoria, possession, transporting or release of declared noxious aquatic species

 

1.3, 5.4, 16.4

         
 

Critical Task 16.6: Destroy the organism and/or susceptible hosts.

Activities not identified

 

Critical Task 16.7: Render (disperse / dilute / neutralise) the hazardous material safe.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Airservices

 

ARFFS provides assistance to state agencies in other emergencies that causes or threatens to cause death or injury to persons, damage to property, harm to the environment and disruption to essential services. These services include initial hazardous materials response on or in the vicinity of designated airports

 

3.2, 16.1

         

DJPR

 

DJPR is a key support agency for wildlife affected by marine pollution

 

3.2

         

PV

 

Provision of trained staff and equipment to support response to oiled wildlife, in accordance with the Wildlife Response Plan for Oil Spills under the direction of DELWP or DoT through the Wildlife Response Plan for Marine Pollution Emergencies and/or the Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

 

3.2

     

PV is lead agency for the recovery activity of restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public land and assets managed directly by DELWP, PV, or CMAs (co-lead with DELWP/PV and CMAs) including: recovery and rehabilitation of natural values, cultural values, tourism and visitor assets affected by an emergency on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in collaboration with DELWP and DHHS); clean-up following oil or chemical pollution incidents on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in liaison with DELWP, or their agents, and the EPA); clean-up of fish death incidents (in collaboration with EPA and DELWP) and PV can also assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of other public land affected by an emergency

 

16.8, 18.1, 18.4, 18.5

         
 

Critical Task 16.8: Dispose of contaminated waste.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

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 managing systems for the transport of priority waste from generation to disposal

 

10.4

         

PV

 

PV is lead agency for the recovery activity of restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public land and assets managed directly by DELWP, PV, or CMAs (co-lead with DELWP/PV and CMAs) including: recovery and rehabilitation of natural values, cultural values, tourism and visitor assets affected by an emergency on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in collaboration with DELWP and DHHS); clean-up following oil or chemical pollution incidents on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in liaison with DELWP, or their agents, and the EPA); clean-up of fish death incidents (in collaboration with EPA and DELWP) and PV can also assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of other public land affected by an emergency

 

16.7, 18.1, 18.4, 18.5

         
 

Critical Task 16.9: Decontaminate affected people, places and equipment.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

AV

 

The role of AV is to provide health support to patients undergoing decontamination

 

14.1, 14.2, 14.4, 14.7