Emergency Management Victoria supports a sector-wide approach to achieve joined up outcomes that are community-focused. It is only by agencies, departments, industry, business, all levels of government and community working together that we will fully realise a sustainable and efficient emergency management system that reduces the likelihood, effect and consequences of emergencies.

State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

The Victorian State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) outlines the emergency management arrangements for Victoria to inform all levels of planning – state, regional and municipal.  

State Emergency Management Plan Sub-Plans

The following emergency plans were developed as sub-plans of the now superseded State Emergency Response Plan. These sub-plans are now transitioned to be sub-plans of the State Emergency Management Plan, the principal document for guiding the State’s emergency management arrangements.

Emergency Management Planning

EMV is leading the implementation of the Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (EMLA Act) which  establishes a new integrated, comprehensive and coordinated framework for emergency management planning at state, regional and municipal levels.

State Emergency Management Priorities

The State Emergency Management Priorities provide clear direction on the factors that are required to be considered and actioned during response to any emergency. The intent is to minimise the impacts of emergencies and enable affected communities to focus on their recovery as early as practicable.

Emergency Management Operational Communications Program

Operational communications provides the underpinning capability to allow agencies to operate and interoperate. Network investments are typically large, and the lead times to build new infrastructure are long. These investments are a prerequisite to many smaller technology efficiency projects, so must be undertaken first.

Victoria’s warning system

Victoria has an integrated warning system which provides information and warnings to community through a range of channels.

Incident management

Under section 50 of the Emergency Management Act 2013, the Emergency Management Commissioner must develop operating procedures. Incident management operating procedures issued by the Emergency Management Commissioner will be published on this website.

Consequence management

The objective of consequence management is to minimise the adverse consequences to users of services or infrastructure caused by the interruption to those services or infrastructure as a result of a major emergency.


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Managing emergencies

Emergency Management Victoria has a key role in implementing the Victorian Government’s emergency management reform agenda. This work will drive how Victoria’s emergency services organisations train together, work to common operating standards, share the same operational picture, and use equipment and systems that work together.

Bushfire shelter options

The only guarantee of surviving a bushfire is leaving early. When this is not possible or where other plans, such as staying to actively defend a property have failed, there may be limited shelter options available.