Role statement - Emergency Management Commissioner

The Emergency Management Commissioner (EMC) provides leadership for emergency management in Victoria, including driving improvements, particularly for operational capability and interoperability. During a major emergency, the EMC has an over arching management role to ensure that the response is systematic and coordinated.

The EMC is responsible for leading and promoting the implementation of the elements of the Strategic Action Plan that relate to improvements to the operational capability of responder agencies. This includes working with the Chief Executive of Emergency Management Victoria to ensure that agencies implement their work programs under the Strategic Action Plan. The EMC must have regard for the fundamental importance of the role of volunteers in emergency management for Victoria.


Critical task alignment / activity source



Building community resilience through supporting education and awareness with communities about preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies

2.1, 6.5


Support and contribute to exercising with emergency management stakeholders and the community



Response (including Relief)


Ensuring that control arrangements are in place for Class 1 and Class 2 emergencies



EMC is the control agency for Heat, as shown in the Response table (Table 9)

Response table


Appointing a SRC for Class 1 emergencies

3.1, 3.2


For major emergencies, appoint a SCM, as required



For all major emergencies, appoint a State Recovery Co-ordinator (SReC) and State Emergency Relief Co-ordinator (SERC), as required

3.1, 3.2


Co-ordinating agencies that manage or regulate services or infrastructure which is, or may be, affected by a major emergency (known as consequence management) for all classes of emergencies

3.1, 3.2


Ensuring the co-ordination of activities of agencies with roles and responsibilities in Class 1 and Class 2 emergencies

3.1, 3.2


Managing the SCC on behalf of, and in collaboration with, agencies that may use it for emergencies

3.2, 3.3


Ensuring that warnings are issued, and information is provided to the community in relation to fires, for the purposes of protecting life and property



Ensuring that the Minister for Police and Emergency Services is provided with timely and up to date information regarding major emergencies either occurring or imminent

4.4, 4.5, 4.6


Co-ordinating data collection and impact assessment processes

11.2, 11.3




The EMC is responsible for state relief co-ordination and recovery co-ordination and effectively oversees the management of co-ordination at every level, in accordance with the SEMP



Reporting to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on relief and recovery

4.5, 4.6


Assurance and Learning


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