Role statement - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) brings together Victoria’s climate change, energy, environment, water, forests, planning, local government and emergency management functions into a single department to maximise connections between the environment, community, industry and economy. DELWP’s mission is to improve Victoria’s liveability, while responsibly tackling climate change and protecting the natural environment, infrastructure and heritage for future generations.

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Lead the Water Sector Resilience Network

1.3

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following bushfire mitigation activities:
●  Land use planning

●  Landscape fuel management including legislative requirements

●  Fire ignition controls including total fire ban days, arson programs

●  Community education, awareness and engagement to prevent and respond to bushfire

●  Seasonal arrangements to ensure capability

●  Restricted access to public land

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following earthquake mitigation activities:
●  Critical infrastructure (engineering) vulnerability assessments and maintenance regimes (essential services, dams/levees, buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels)

●  Land use planning

●  List of vulnerable (e.g. pre- 1989) buildings in CBD to inform response planning

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following electricity supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  legislative framework, e.g.Electricity Industry Act, Electricity Safety Act, national electricity laws and rules

●  urban development and planning

●  public awareness

●  load management strategies including segmented customers to minimise community impacts

●  public communication and engagement

●  industry forums, including regular emergency exercises

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following emergency animal disease mitigation activities:
●  regulated control of native wildlife rehabilitation and licensing

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following flood mitigation activities:
●  legislative policy framework including floodplain management strategy, reform (lessons learnt)

●  land use planning (Strategic and statutory)

●  flood emergency planning including readiness

●  flood data/intelligence and mapping

●  total Flood Warning System

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following gas supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  legislative and regulatory framework, including Gas Industry Act 2001, Gas Safety Act 1997 and associated Gas Safety Cases, National Gas Law and National Gas Regulations, critical infrastructure resilience requirements under the EM Act 2013

●  public awareness

●  industry forums, including regular emergency exercises

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following hazardous materials (including hazardous materials/industrial waste) incident mitigation activities:
●  land use planning and regulation, and process facility/residential/commercial development designs

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following heatwave mitigation activities:
●  planning (state, local and agency preparedness)

●  urban planning (water fountains, cool places – parks, air-conditioned facilities)

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following liquid fuel disruption mitigation activities:
●  legislative and regulatory framework, including Fuel Emergency Act 1977, critical infrastructure resilience requirements under the EM Act 2013

●  public awareness

●  industry forums, including regular emergency exercises

Mitigation table

   

DELWP is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following water supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  system resilience e.g. desal plant and grid connectivity

●  critical infrastructure resilience

●  legislative framework and regulations including Water Act 1989, Water Industry Act 1994 and Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 (risk management plans and audits)

Mitigation table

   

Blue‑Green Algae bloom:

 

●  developing policy for blue-green algae management in Victoria

1.3

   

●  collection of data on blue-green algal blooms

4.4

   

Cetacean (whale and dolphin) stranding, entanglement or vessel strike:

 

●  formulation of policy, regulation, plans and training

1.1

   

●  engagement with stakeholders to reduce the incidence of cetacean stranding, entanglement and vessel strike

1.3, 2.1

   

Dam safety:

 

●  formulation of policy and regulation for dam safety

1.1

   

●  administration of dam safety provision in the Water Act 1989 and water corporation obligations in the Statement of Obligations

1.1, 1.3

   

Energy:

 

●  DELWP responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involves working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, in particular through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6,
19.4, 19.5, 21.1, 21.3
   

Fire:

 

●  formulation of policy and regulation for bushfire management in state forest, national parks and protected public lands

1.1

   

●  formulation of policy and regulation in the land use planning and building systems for bushfire in the built and natural environment

1.1

   

●  planning and delivery of programs to reduce the risk of bushfire in state forest, national parks and protected public lands

1.3, 7.1

   

Floodplain management/flood:

 

●  formulation of policy and regulation for floodplain management

1.1

   

●  formulation of policy and regulation in the land use planning and building systems for flood in the built and natural environment

1.1

   

●  planning and delivery of floodplain management programs to reduce the risk of major flood

1.3

   

Non-hazardous pollution of inland waters:

●  formulation of policy and regulation for non-hazardous pollution of inland waters

1.1

   

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services:

 

●  monitor water corporations’ implementation of business continuity and emergency management plans to restore water and wastewater (sewerage) services to full functionality, DELWP also observes emergency management exercises in the sector

1.1, 1.6

   

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

 

●  identification of key ecosystems, biodiversity values and species that may require intervention when affected by an emergency

1.1, 1.2, 11.2, 18.1

   

●  development of response options for key ecosystems and species

1.1, 1.3, 4.4, 18.2

   

Wildlife affected by marine and freshwater pollution:

 

●  development of policy, programs and training for responding to incidents of wildlife affected by marine pollution

1.1

   

●  development of partnerships and agreements with key organisations that will support DELWP in responding to wildlife affected by marine pollution

1.2, 3.2

   

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

 

●  development of policy, programs and training for responding to wildlife welfare during emergencies

1.1, 21.1

   

●  development of partnerships and agreements with key organisations that will support DELWP in responding to emergency events on wildlife welfare

1.1

   

●  engagement with DJPR on the delivery of the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan

1.2

   

Response (including Relief)

 

DELWP is the control agency for:
●  blue‑green algae

●  cetacean (whale and dolphin) stranding, entanglement and vessel strike

●  dam safety

●  energy (electricity, gas and liquid fuels network supply disruptions)

●  fire in state forest, national park and protected public land

●  non-hazardous pollution of inland waters

●  reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) service

●  wildlife affected by marine and fresh water pollution

●  wildlife welfare arising from an emergency event

3.1

   

DELWP is a support agency for:
●  fire on private land

●  drinking water contamination

●  flood plain management/flood

●  extreme heat and marine pollution (shoreline response)

3.2

   

DELWP is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional areas of public land, spatial data, threatened ecosystems and species, one of the lead RSAs for the functional area of responder agencies, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10)

Response Support table

   

Lead the co-ordination of public information on:

 

●  electricity outages and potential or actual load shedding after consultation with AEMO, ESV, industry and government

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5

   

●  gas usage and potential or actual gas curtailment in consultation with AEMO, ESV, industry and government

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5

   

Provision of emergency advice to reduce gas consumption on a voluntary basis

2.3

   

Provide access to, and analysis of, real time information and intelligence on supply disruptions and energy flows through Victoria

4.4, 4.5

   

Blue‑Green Algae bloom:

 

●  control agency for providing a co-ordinated response for blue-green algae incidents

3.1

   

●  co-ordination of state-wide blue-green algae management activities

3.2, 4.6

   

●  provision of advice to government and emergency management agencies regarding the impacts of algal blooms on drinking water supplies and/or recreational water bodies

4.6

   

Cetacean (whale and dolphin) stranding, entanglement or vessel strike:

 

●  control agency for response to cetaceans impacted by vessel strike under the Victorian Cetacean Emergency Plan

3.1

   

●  control agency for providing a co-ordinated response to cetacean entanglements or strandings under the Victorian Cetacean Emergency Plan

3.1

   

Dam safety:

 

●  manage escalated response activities in order to minimise the impact on the community and the environment from dam safety

3.1, 11.2, 11.3

   

Energy:

 

●  control agency for energy supply disruptions, in accordance with plans and procedures and within the powers available to resolve the situation

1.5, 3.1

   

●  control agency for disruptions to energy. DELWP participates in a range of partnerships and agreements with key organisations that will support DELWP in responding to energy emergencies

3.2

   

●  DELWP (as lead Government liaison) works with AEMO operate and are responsible for the transmission system while other network operators manage the distribution system and the restoration of infrastructure and electric supply

1.5, 3.2, 10.1, 19.6

   

●  advise the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change about the potential implications of energy supply disruptions and, in extreme outages, about reserve legislative powers to intervene in energy markets. These include the direction of energy supply or usage through Orders in Council under the Gas Industry Act 2001, the Electricity Industry Act 2000, the Fuel Emergency Act 1977 and national arrangements

4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 11.2

   

●  provide analysis and advice to government regarding impacts on energy supply

4.1, 4.4, 4.6

   

●  report on the impacts (loss and damage) to energy supply infrastructure to inform immediate priorities and recovery programs, including the restoration and supply of essential services

10.1, 10.2, 11.1,
11.2, 19.4, 19.7

   

●  co-ordinate intelligence to inform strategies and decision making for the safe and timely restoration of energy supplies to the community

19.1, 19.4, 19.8

   

●  provide advice to communities on the installation and restoration of energy supplies that enhance resilience and mitigate the reliance on main energy supplies following an emergency

6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 19.8

   

Fire:

 

●  control agency for bushfires in state forest, national parks, and protected public lands in accordance with the State Bushfire Sub-Plan and SEMP

3.1, 7.2

   

●  support agency for other fires on private land

3.2

   

Floodplain management/flood:

 

●  provide a co-ordinated response to manage any residual water after a major flood event

3.2

   

●  provide flood mapping information and flood advice

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

   

●  provide real time access to stream flow data collection for flood warning purposes

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

   

Mapping and information services:

 

●  support to emergency response agencies through provision of digital and spatial information and services, and topographical mapping, both hardcopy and electronic

3.2, 4.6

   

Non-hazardous pollution of inland waters:

 

●  manage escalated response activities in order to minimise the impact on the community and the environment from non-hazardous pollution of inland waters

3.1

   

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services:

 

●  manage escalated response activities in order to minimise the impact on the community from reticulated water supply and wastewater (sewerage) service disruptions

3.1

   

●  administration of provisions in the Water Act 1989 and water corporation obligations in the Statement of Obligations

4.6

   

●  Oversee recovery for the restoration of water and wastewater services in reticulated areas

15.2

   

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

 

●  provision of scientific and technical advice to Lead Response agencies to minimise impact of the emergency event on high value ecosystems or species

4.3, 4.4, 18.1, 18.2

   

●  DELWP is responsible for relief co-ordination of surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animal

11.2, 18.1, 18.2, 18.6

   

Wildlife affected by marine and freshwater pollution:

 

●  control agency for responding to wildlife impacted by marine pollution, including oil or chemical spills, under the Wildlife Response Plan for Marine Pollution Emergencies 3.1, 3.2
   

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

 

●  lead control agency for providing a co-ordinated response to wildlife welfare arising from emergencies

3.1

   

●  ensuring the veterinary assessment and treatment of wildlife taken into care

3.1

   

●  provision of advice to government and emergency agencies regarding impacts of animal welfare for wildlife

3.1, 3.2, 4.5, 11.1

   

●  DELWP is lead agency for the relief activity of wildlife welfare arising from an emergency event

18.4

   

Provide drinking water for eligible households in non-reticulated areas. Where local resources, which may include municipal councils, are unable to meet the demand due to the size and complexity of the event, DELWP will co-ordinate relief drinking water supplies to affected areas and may request support from water corporations

15.2

   

DELWP is responsible for relief co-ordination of animal welfare with DJPR and municipal councils (who are responsible for housing displaced and lost/stray companion animals) and wildlife welfare

3.1, 3.2

   

Recovery

 

DELWP are lead agency for the recovery activities:

 

●  providing advice and information to municipal councils and delegated public land managers and community groups on reforestation of native forest (not plantations). Advice regarding native flora and fauna, including within aquatic and terrestrial environments

4.5

   

●  providing strategic and expert advice on wildlife welfare

4.6

   

●  surveying and mitigating risks to protect threatened bird, marsupial, aquatic and plant species affected by emergencies on land within its portfolio and providing advisory services to others

4.3, 4.4, 4.5,
4.6, 16.1, 16.2

   

●  co-ordinating waste pollution management strategies

16.1

   

●  investigating and carrying out erosion control on public land, as co-lead with PV and DoT

3.1, 18.1, 18.3, 18.4

   

●  restoring, clearing and rehabilitating public land and assets managed directly by DELWP, PV and CMAs

18.4, 19.3

   

●  recovering and rehabilitating reticulated water services. Water corporations will lead recovery to restore services and DELWP will oversee activities undertaken by water corporations

15.2, 19.4, 19.7

   

●  recovering and rehabilitating reticulated sewerage, sanitation systems and wastewater management systems. Water corporations will lead recovery to restore services and DELWP will oversee activities undertaken by water corporations

15.2, 19.4, 19.7

   

●  working with CFA to assist farmers repair and restore fences damaged by bushfire or suppression activities

19.4

   

●  ensuring essential stock and domestic water taken from private landholders during firefighting operations is replaced as co-lead with CFA

19.4

   

●  undertaking the assessment, restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public buildings and assets (e.g. roads, bridges, public amenities) where DELWP is the manager of that building or asset

19.1, 19.7

   

DELWP supports municipal councils in the co-ordination of clean-up and restoration activities on local roads and for council-owned community infrastructure, as shown in the Built Environment table (Table 14)

Built Environment table

   

DELWP leads waste pollution management strategies, and in co-lead with PV, leads the protection and rehabilitation of cultural and heritage sites, as shown in the Natural Environment table (Table 15)

Natural Environment table

   

Energy:

 

●  DELWP (as lead Government liaison) works with AEMO to deliver the recovery activity of gas services assets reinstatement and return to reliable supply by managing gas system security emergencies within the Victorian Declared Transmission System. Other pipeline operators manage non Declared Transmission System segments of the system, and the restoration of infrastructure and gas supply

1.5, 3.2, 10.1, 19.6

   

●  DELWP (as lead Government liaison) works with AEMO and electricity generation companies to deliver the recovery activity of electricity services assets reinstatement and return to reliable supply by managing electricity system security emergencies

1.5, 3.2, 10.1, 19.6

   

●  DELWP (as lead Government liaison) works with fuel and pipeline companies to Restore liquid fuel supply, as shown in the Built Environment table (Table 14)

Built Environment table

   

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services:

 

●  DELWP is responsible for recovery functional area co-ordination of reticulated water and wastewater services and natural environment, public land and waterways 18.4, 18.6, 18.7
   

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

 

●  provide scientific and technical advice on interventions and response plans to maintain species diversity and persistence within an ecosystem

4.4, 4.5

   

●  develop and implement response activities to support ecosystem recovery and regeneration

18.3

   

●  undertake targeted interventions to maintain ecosystems and threatened species

18.2, 18.4, 18.5, 18.6

   

Wildlife affected by marine and freshwater pollution:

 

●  rehabilitation of wildlife following veterinary assessment and working in conjunction with rehabilitators

18.4

   

●  provision of advice on the appropriate management and release of wildlife from rehabilitation

4.5, 4.6, 18.4

   

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

 

●  provision of advice on the appropriate management and release of wildlife from rehabilitation

4.5, 4.6, 18.4

   

●  rehabilitation of wildlife following veterinary assessment and working in conjunction with rehabilitators

18.4

   

Assurance and Learning

 

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.