Role statement - Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is Victoria’s lead agency for creating the conditions to lift the living standards and wellbeing of all Victorians by sustainably growing Victoria’s economy and employment and by working with the private and public sectors to foster innovation, creativity, productivity, investment and trade.

This broad economic development strategy will be complemented by more specific strategies at the sectoral level across resources, investment attraction and facilitation, trade, innovation, regional development and small business, together with key services to sectors such as agriculture, the creative industries, extractive resources and tourism.

DJPR’s key responsibility for emergency management is to minimise the impact of emergencies in portfolio areas through effective preparation, coordination and response.

 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

DJPR’s responsibilities under the Victoria’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy (2015) involve working with the communications and food and grocery sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience through Sector Resilience Networks and exercising

1.1, 1.2, 1.4

   

DJPR promotes resilience through:

 

●  membership of emergency management bodies and teams including the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Committee, State and Regional Emergency Management Teams and Committees

1.2

   

●  effective engagement networks with industry and community stakeholders, including with the critical infrastructure sector to gain appreciation of asset criticality and emergency planning and preparedness plans

1.2

   

●  emergency planning and preparedness, including the State Biosecurity Sub-Plan, Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, and national arrangements captured in AUSVETPLAN, PLANTPLAN and AQUAPLAN

1.1, 1.3

   

●  working with industry, primary producers and community groups on the management of threats (including high risk biosecurity threats and natural disasters) to mitigate economic impacts

1.2, 1.3, 3.2

   

●  working with the Communications sector on mobile blackspots and telecommunications resilience programs

1.2, 3.2, 3.5

   

●  monitoring and compliance programs under relevant legislation

4.3, 16.2

   

●  monitoring and surveillance programs for agricultural pests and diseases

4.3, 16.2

   

●  implementation of, and compliance with traceability systems for livestock and agricultural produce

4.3

   

●  food and grocery supply logistics prioritisation in an emergency

10.2, 10.3

   

●  providing a liaison and other operational personnel to the SCC during a major emergency to providing specialist advice and supporting the state as required

3.2

   

DJPR is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following emergency animal disease mitigation activities:
●  regulated control of risk activities associated with animal feeding, vaccinations and therapeutics and farm biosecurity practices

●  disease surveillance activities - epidemiological information (data and analysis)

●  international surveillance/intelligence

●  farming industry supply chain best practice and accreditation

●  specialist training of staff and industry

●  awareness raising, education, information dissemination

Mitigation table

   

DJPR is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following emergency plant pest mitigation activities:
●  preparedness and contingency plans

●  surveillance programs

●  diagnostic testing

●  state border control

●  education and stakeholder engagement

●  conditions on movement (e.g. insecticide requirements for red imported fire ant host materials)

●  pest and disease alerts

●  farm biosecurity/awareness

●  public awareness campaigns

●  plant health certification and auditing

●  chemical control

Mitigation table

   

DJPR is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following mine emergency mitigation activities:
●  legislation/regulation and enforcement of Mineral Resources Sustainable Development Act 1990 and regulations (licensing and approvals process for operators of declared mines),Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, EM Act 2013, EM (Critical Infrastructure Resilience) Regulations 2015, Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Regulations 2014, Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005

●  implementation of risk-based mine work plans and Risk Management Plans (formerly Risk Assessment and Management Plans), addressing specific mine stability, fire, explosion, flooding etc. controls

●  audits and inspection

●  planning consent and work plan approvals (initial and on-going)

●  implementing licensee and work plan conditions for mine operators to manage identified risks

●  technical review board (provides independent advice to DJPR and the Minister on mine stability)

Mitigation table

   

Response (including Relief)

 

DJPR is the control agency for marine pest incursion and for biosecurity incursions, including emergency animal disease outbreaks (including bees and aquaculture), plant pest or disease outbreaks (including plague locusts), invasive plant and animal incursions and rapid and significant increases in established pest populations (vertebrate pests and plagues)

3.1, 15.7, 16.1, 16.2

   

DJPR is a key support agency for:

 

●  explosion

3.2

   

●  foodborne illness

3.2, 14.1

   

●  mining and petroleum emergencies by providing expert advice for mine and quarry incidents and rescues, and petroleum/geothermal wells

3.2, 4.5, 4.6

   

●  critical infrastructure damage or disruption for the communications sector

19.1

   

●  rescue: mine/quarry and lift, crane, scaffolding or amusement structure

3.2, 12.3

   

●  service disruption to public telecommunications

3.5

   

●  wildlife affected by marine pollution

3.2, 16.7

   

●  the (vast) majority of resources for response to a disruption to essential services are within relevant industry sectors

3.2, 10.1

   

DJPR is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional areas, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10):
●  agriculture

●  animal welfare (livestock and companion animals)

●  business and industry

●  earth resources (mines)

●  local government

●  public telecommunications

●  tourism

Response Support table

   

DJPR is the lead government liaison to support the delivery of public telecommunications assets reinstatement, return to reliable supply and restoration of services by co-ordinating relevant information. DJPR will work with telecommunication businesses as required

3.2, 19.7

   

DJPR is responsible for the relief co-ordination of food and grocery supply logistics continuity and animal welfare

10.2, 15.2, 15.7

   

DJPR is lead agency for the relief activities:

 

●  food and grocery supply logistics continuity by providing strategic and expert advice to government and emergency agencies regarding impacts on food and grocery supply logistics

4.5, 4.6, 10.2

   

●  welfare support services, other than wildlife, which sits with DELWP, in co-lead with municipal councils who hold responsibility for housing of displaced and lost/stray companion animals. DJPR will work with the VFF and RSPCA where required

15.7

   

DJPR is lead agency for the following relief activities as per the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, animal welfare support services during relief include, but are not limited to:
●  management of displaced animals (including relocated animals)

●  animal welfare assessment, veterinary treatment, humane destruction, salvage slaughter and disposal

●  provision of emergency pet food, livestock fodder and water

4.5, 10.2, 11.1,
12.2, 13.2, 15.7

   

DJPR supports EMV in their role to deliver the relief and recovery activity of implementing available financial assistance under the DRFA to assist voluntary non-profit groups, communities and economies by administering the Community Recovery Fund subject to the severity and significance of a natural disaster event

3.2, 15.4

   

Recovery

 

DJPR is lead agency for the recovery activities:

 

●  assisting businesses to access available information, advice and support following an emergency including from: Australian Tax Office, financial institutions, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Centrelink, Victorian Government and other sources and resources

17.2

   

●  delivering a wide range of marketing/public relations and industry/product development activities, in partnership with regional tourism boards, to assist the affected tourism region/s and businesses recover, including “Open for Business” messaging and campaigns

17.5

   

●  providing advice about replacing fencing as part of whole farm planning, feed planning and pasture management, water supplies including dam management, and animal health considerations

17.2

   

●  providing opportunities for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within small businesses by supporting the delivery of small business workshops and training, with a particular focus on resilience and business continuity

17.5

   

●  providing information and advice to small businesses to support decision making and, where appropriate, encourage a return to business

17.2, 17.4

   

●  working to develop and implement appropriate approved actions to assist business recovery. Initiatives will be tailored to address the specific consequences of an emergency

17.2, 17.4

   

●  delivering recovery programs and advice to primary producers, and rural land managers and other animal businesses by providing technical advice and services to primary producers, rural land managers and other animal businesses on strategies for the re-establishment of rural enterprises, rehabilitation of productive land and economic recovery

17.2, 17.4, 17.5

   

●  working with municipal councils to implement appropriate actions and initiatives that encourage and bring forward the resumption of local economic activity, including: tourism visitation when safe to do so, the use of local business in recovery activities, buy-local initiatives, events that attract visitation and other relevant activities

17.1, 17.4, 17.5

   

●  working with municipal councils to develop and implement appropriate actions and projects that support local and regional economy recovery priorities. Initiatives will be tailored to address the specific consequences of an emergency

6.2, 17.4, 17.5

   

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

19.2, 19.3, 19.4

   

●  referring primary producers and animal owners to services. DJPR will gather information on affected primary producers and other animal owners’ properties to assess the impact, loss and damage. Relevant information will be shared with municipal councils and appropriate departments

4.5, 11.1, 11.2

   

●  assessing and monitoring broad economic impacts and consequences in partnership with other agencies and municipal councils, ensuring this information is shared across government to inform responses and working with agencies to prioritise planned activities in order to minimise economic consequences

4.5, 17.1, 17.2, 17.5

   

●  delivering recovery programs and technical advice to primary producers, rural land managers and other animal businesses by ensuring effective communication channels between various agencies, organisations and communities, sharing local intelligence and data analysis, and providing advice on ongoing treatments

4.5, 17.2, 17.5, 17.4

   

DJPR is responsible for the recovery functional area co-ordination of local economies, businesses, agriculture and public telecommunications

15.7, 17.1, 17.2

   

DJPR supports EMV to deliver recovery programs and financial assistance under the DRFA arrangements for small businesses and primary producers by gathering impact and loss information and sharing it with EMV and DPC, and promoting the support to primary producers and stakeholders

3.2, 17.1

   

DJPR supports local community events by providing seed funding for events that aid recovery through restoring social networks and functioning

20.6

   

DJPR supports DELWP and CFA in their respective role to deliver the relief and recovery activity of assisting farmers repair and restore fences damaged by fire or suppression activities by collecting information from affected primary producers and refer private fencing damage to municipal councils, and fences on public land to DELWP

3.2, 11.1, 17.5

   

DJPR supports referrals to psychosocial support services for primary producers and animal owners, as shown in the Social Environment table (Table 12)

Social Environment table

   

DJPR supports DoT in the restoration of major arterial roads, bridges and tunnels and the restoration of tram, bus and rail services, as shown in the Built Environment table (Table 14)

Built Environment table

   

DJPR is the Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to assist with logistics interdependencies, contingencies and reconstruction, as shown in the Built Environment table (Table 14)

Built Environment table

   

Assurance and Learning

 

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