Victoria’s revised State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) came into effect on 27 October 2021.
The SEMP details the state emergency management arrangements for the mitigation of, response to, and recovery from emergencies. It informs all levels of planning – state, regional and municipal.
It was first released in September 2020 and was a key part of Victoria’s emergency management planning reform.
We revised the SEMP to ensure learnings from the 2020-21 summer season, issues raised by the emergency management sector and findings from several recent reviews were considered.
The key changes include introducing the concept of Zone Control, better reflecting the state arrangements for area of operations, embedding relief as part of the emergency management response phase, and including further detail in the transition to recovery phase.
Further changes also reflect recommendations in response to the Inspector-General for Emergency Management Inquiry into the 2019-2020 Victorian fire season - Phase 2.
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the revisions to the SEMP reflect how the emergency management sector is continually adapting to our changing environment.
“As we learn from every emergency we will continue to revise and update the SEMP to ensure the sector and our community are best placed to prepare for, respond to and recover from future emergencies.”
The 2021 Review was undertaken over six months and included comprehensive engagement with the emergency management sector, government departments and supporting agencies.
The next review will begin in 2022 and finish after the 2022-23 summer season.
Read the State Emergency Management Plan.