Provide fatality management services, including search, recovery, victim identification (following Interpol Standards), and repatriation. As well as the sharing of accurate and timely information with other agencies and the community, and the provision of support to the bereaved.

Table 24: Agency roles mapped to the VPF, by critical tasks within the Fatality Management core capability

 

Critical Task 8.1: Oversee all coronial investigations of fatalities.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Coroners Court of Victoria

 

To exercise as necessary the coroners statutory powers in relation to the investigation of the scene of a reportable death or fire

 

8.3

     

To commence the coronial investigation process

 

3.1

         

VicPol

 

VicPol supports to other agencies in coronial investigations

 

3.2, 8.5

         
 

Critical Task 8.2: Establish and maintain operations to recover a significant number of fatalities over a geographically dispersed area.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

VICSES

 

Provide key support for search and rescue on land and water evacuations and incidents involving mass casualties

 

3.2, 5.2, 12.1, 12.3

         

VIFM

 

Co-ordinate the management of deceased persons (including multi-fatality incidents) for the Victorian State Coroner including liaison with funeral service providers S.66(1)(j)

 

3.2, 8.7

     

Respond to requests from DFAT and AFP regarding fatality incidents overseas

 

3.1, 3.2

         
 

Critical Task 8.3: Provide investigative and operational support services for victim identification.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Coroners Court of Victoria

 

To exercise as necessary the coroners statutory powers in relation to the investigation of the scene of a reportable death or fire

 

8.1

         

VicPol

 

VicPol supports to other agencies in provision of personnel

 

3.2, 12.4

         

VIFM

 

Undertake Disaster Victim Identification procedures including forensic pathology, anthropology, odontology, radiology and molecular biology (DNA)

 

4.4, 11.3

     

VIFM can support the recovery activity of Disaster Victim Identification

 

3.2

         
 

Critical Task 8.4: Establish and maintain temporary mortuaries ensuring they have adequate storage for the predicted number of fatalities.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Coroners Court of Victoria

 

To facilitate the transportation of deceased persons to a coronial mortuary

 

8.5, 14.5

         

VIFM

 

Manage the Victorian state mortuary facility and where required, establish temporary mortuary facilities

 

3.1

         
 

Critical Task 8.5: Provide staffing and equipment to adequately examine and document all fatalities to enable accurate identification and support coronial/police investigations.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

Coroners Court of Victoria

 

To facilitate the transportation of deceased persons to a coronial mortuary

 

8.4, 14.5

     

The Coroners Court is the lead agency for the recovery activity of identifying deceased persons and determining the cause and circumstances of their death

   
         

ESV

 

Gas – Contributing expertise and technical specialists to support or lead the investigation of gas related incidents

 

11.1, 19.1

     

Electricity – Contributing expertise and technical specialists to support or lead the investigation of electricity related incidents

 

11.1, 19.1

         

VicPol

 

VicPol supports to other agencies in coronial investigations

 

3.2, 8.1

         

VIFM

 

In accordance with the Act, VIFM’s role is to provide medical death investigation, including facilities and staff required to undertake medical death investigations including autopsies S.66(1)(a)(d)

   
     

Assist emergency response agencies with the investigation of a range of death scenes including mass fatality emergencies

 

3.2

         
 

Critical Task 8.6: Manage family communication regarding coronial process and repatriation.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

VIFM

 

VIFM is a lead agency for communicating with the families of deceased persons S.66(1)(h)(l)

 

3.1

         
 

Critical Task 8.7: Communicate accurate and timely information to emergency services and communities about the safe handling of fatalities.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

VIFM

 

Co-ordinate the management of deceased persons (including multi-fatality incidents) for the Victorian State Coroner including liaison with funeral service providers S.66(1)(j)

 

3.2, 8.2