Every day, Victorians rely on the essential services Victoria’s eight critical infrastructure sectors provide to underpin our social and economic wellbeing.
In 2015, Victoria introduced a framework aimed at continually strengthening critical infrastructure resilience and limiting the possibility of significant disruption to essential services due to emergencies.
This third All Sectors Resilience Report provides an overview of the sectors, their key emergency risks, and resilience improvement initiatives they completed this year and those proposed for 2018–19.
Victoria’s sector resilience networks (SRNs) are the key mechanism for collaboration between industry and government. During the year they completed a variety of resilience improvement initiatives. They shared knowledge within and across sectors, built awareness and worked on mitigation strategies for shared key emergency risks.
This report highlights the benefits of the continued collaboration and on-going focus on enhancing resilience to key
emergency risks. While not all emergencies can be prevented, by investing in infrastructure resilience, Victoria
is better prepared to respond and adapt to changing conditions.
This year SRNs focused on managing service disruption from cyber security threats and extreme weather. For future focus, most sectors have identified the following four key emergency risks: energy failure, pandemic, cyber-attacks and extreme weather events.
Victoria’s greater reliance on interconnected systems, shared risks and the ripple effect of interdependencies between infrastructure, reinforces the importance of shared knowledge and risk mitigation across sectors. Looking ahead, sectors have identified a high dependency of essential services on the energy, water, communications and transport sectors.
Victorians continue to benefit from the ongoing commitment and contribution to enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure.
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