Emergency Management Planning Guidelines

Emergency Management Victoria, in partnership with the emergency management sector, is developing new Emergency Management Planning Guidelines (EMPG) for state, regional and municipal levels.

The development of new guidelines are an important step to reform Victoria’s emergency management planning arrangements.

It will give practical guidance on the requirements of the proposed Emergency Management Legislation Amendment (Planning) Bill 2016 (the Bill) to implement key priorities and directions in Victoria’s Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan and the Emergency Management Reform White Paper.

Effective planning is integral to emergency management and clear and practical guidelines will help achieve a consistent approach when developing emergency management plans at state, regional and municipal levels.

The process of planning helps build clarity and understanding of the roles and responsibilities, standards and capabilities required before, during and after emergencies. This is a significant opportunity to fundamentally change our approach to emergency management planning to place greater focus on the planning process.

Why do we need planning guidelines?

Clear and practical guidelines will help achieve a consistent approach when developing emergency management plans at state, regional and municipal levels across Victoria.

We know emergency management planning is integral to reducing the effects and consequences emergencies have on communities. The EMPG will place greater emphasis on the planning process and working as one when developing emergency management plans.

The process of planning helps build clarity and understanding of the roles and responsibilities, standards and capabilities required to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Frequently ask questions.

What will be included in them?

The guidelines will outline core concepts, processes, content and standards for the development of emergency management plans at State, regional and municipal levels.

EMPGs will act as a comprehensive and practical guide for the development of emergency management plans and will include:

  • contents of an emergency management plan
  • the consultation process for developing plans
  • assurance of an emergency management plan
  • risk management methodology when preparing an emergency management plan and
  • how plans should be reviewed.

How will these guidelines be developed?

The guidelines will be developed in consultation with experts and stakeholders to ensure that they are comprehensive and consider the needs of all communities and users.

A Reference Group, made up of over 40 emergency management experts from a broad range of organisations, agencies, councils and departments will shape the development of the guidelines.

In addition to the Reference Group, consultation will also take place through regional workshops and through the sub committees of the State Crisis and Resilience Council.

The sector’s input and feedback into the EMPGs are integral to their success in guiding the development of emergency management plans.

Why do we need the guidelines?

This focus on the planning process will support greater collaboration and mutual recognition of risk and desired outcomes before, during and after emergencies. These reforms will improve understanding of the sector’s capability and capacity to mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies.

What is happening to feedback that was provided on the Emergency Management Legislation Amendment (Planning) Bill 2016 (the Bill)?

All feedback on the proposed Emergency Management Legislation Amendment is being reviewed and will be considered for inclusion in the EMPGs where appropriate.

How will the Guidelines relate to the Emergency Management Manual Victoria (EMMV)?

At this stage, it is anticipated that the guidelines may form part of the EMMV. However, as the consultation and development process for the EMPGs progresses, the connectedness to the EMMV will become clearer.

Where do the Integrated Fire Management Planning Guide fit in with this?

The work completed as a part of the ongoing review of the Integrated Fire Management Planning Guide 2010 (‘IFMP Guide’) on behalf of the State Fire Management Planning Committee will now feed into the development of the guidelines to prevent any duplication in guidance issued for fire management planning.

Where do I go for further information?

Contact your relevant Regional Emergency Management Planning Facilitator or email emergencyplanning@emv.vic.gov.au (External link)