SEMP Public Transport Disruption Sub-Plan


The Department of Transport (the Department), with input from and consultation with the transport sector and other stakeholders, has developed this Public Transport Disruption Sub-Plan (this Plan) to outline the arrangements for the mitigation, response to, and recovery from transport service disruptions in Victoria. 

This Plan is written in accordance with Emergency Management Act 2013 (EM Act 2013) (External link) and the Ministerial Guidelines for Preparing State, Regional and Municipal Emergency Management Plans.

This Plan aligns with and complements the arrangements in the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP). It includes arrangements for transport service disruptions, where the Department is either the control agency or a support agency.

This Plan does not duplicate the content of the SEMP or other plans referenced in this Plan, but rather provides more specific information relating to the management and governance of transport disruptions.  

For the purposes of this plan, transport service disruptions do not include maritime or aviation service disruptions.


In keeping with all emergency management plans in Victoria, this Sub-Plan aims to:

  • foster a sustainable and efficient emergency management system that minimises the likelihood, effect and consequences of a transport service disruption
  • establish efficient governance arrangements for transport service disruptions that:
    • clarifies the roles and responsibilities of agencies, including public transport operators
    • facilitates cooperation between agencies, including public transport operators
    • ensures the coordination of emergency management arrangements and reform within the public transport sector.


The primary audience for this Plan is anyone involved in the management and governance of Victorian transport service disruptions including the managers and employees of the Department of Transport, public transport operators and emergency managers.

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