Role statement - Emergency Management Victoria

Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) is a central body for emergency management in Victoria. EMV consists of a Chief Executive and the Emergency Management Commissioner (EMC), supported by staff from the Department of Justice and Community Safety. 

EMV is the agency responsible for the coordination and development of the whole-of-government policy for emergency management in Victoria, including the following key roles:

  • providing secretariat support for the standing sub committees of the State Crisis and Resilience Council (SCRC)
  • providing policy advice to the Minister for Emergency Services in relation to emergency management
  • implementing the government’s emergency management reform initiatives
  • liaising with the Australian Government on emergency management

In the performance of its roles, EMV must:

  • have regard for the decisions made by SCRC
  • collaborate and consult with the emergency management sector
  • have regard for the fundamental importance of the role of volunteers in emergency management for Victoria.

 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Supporting the EMC in the preparation and publishing of the SEMP

1.1

   

The Chief Executive of EMV is responsible for ensuring that agencies implement their work programs under the Strategic Action Plan, together with the EMC

1.1

   

Establishing and maintaining the Victorian Critical Infrastructure Register

1.1, 1.3

   

EMV is responsible for supporting the EMC in co-ordinating investment and planning

1.2 , 3.2

   

EMV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following bushfire mitigation activities:
●  seasonal arrangements to ensure capability

Mitigation table

   

EMV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following electricity supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  System redundancy (N-1)

●  Public communication and engagement

Mitigation table

   

EMV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following flood mitigation activities:
●  Flood emergency planning including readiness

Mitigation table

   

EMV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following gas supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  Public awareness

Mitigation table

   

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

Mitigation table

   

EMV 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

Mitigation table

   

EMV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following water supply disruption mitigation activities:
●  Critical infrastructure resilience

Mitigation table

   

Response (including Relief)

 

The Chief Executive of EMV is responsible for leading the co-ordination of investment planning and large‑scale strategic projects on behalf of the responder agencies

3.1

   

Supporting the EMC in the performance of his or her functions

3.2

   

EMV is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of media/communications, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10)

Response Support table

   

Managing the operation and administration of the SCC

3.3

   

The SCM is to lead the co-ordination of agencies who have responsibilities for consequence management for major emergencies

3.1, 3.2

   

In collaboration with the whole-of-government, lead the co-ordination of public information and communication in relation to emergency management for major emergencies

2.1, 2.2

   

The Chief Executive of EMV is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations to the Minister for Emergency Services regarding the functions of EMV, having regard for the guidance or advice provided by SCRC

3.2, 4.5

   

Co-ordinates Victoria’s outgoing deployments of personnel and resources, upon request from national and international agencies and in line with established agreements. EMV also co-ordinates incoming deployments of national and international personnel and resources, as requested by the state and in line with established agreements. Both outgoing and incoming deployments can be in response to a major emergency or are to assist in the recovery from a major emergency

3.2, 7.3

   

EMV is responsible for supporting the EMC in co-ordinating data collection and state impact assessment processes

3.2, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3

   

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

3.2

   

Implementing available financial assistance under the DRFA to assist primary producers, small businesses and voluntary non-profit groups by a low-interest concessional loan scheme; and recovery grants, subject to approval by the Australian Government

15.4, 17.2

   

Recovery

 

EMV is responsible for supporting the EMC in reporting to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on relief and recovery

3.2, 4.5, 4.6

   

Relief and recovery co-ordination responsibilities include state level impact assessment co-ordination

11.3

   

EMV is lead agency for the recovery activities:

 

●  administering the Victorian Natural Disaster Financial Assistance scheme, in accordance with the Commonwealth DRFA

3.1, 15.4

   

●  providing financial assistance to relevant government agencies and to municipal councils where eligible for disaster expenditure including counter disaster operations and the restoration of essential municipal assets

3.1, 15.4, 19.7

   

●  implementing available financial assistance under the DRFA to assist primary producers’ recovery subject to activation by the state and Australian governments; a low-interest concessional loan scheme to primary producers; and recovery grants for primary producers, subject to approval by the Australian Government

17.2, 20.3

   

EMV supports:

 

●  DHHS in its delivery of income-tested re-establishment payments through activation of the DHHS Personal Hardship Assistance Program, to help eligible households re-establish as quickly as possible

3.2, 20.3

   

●  Municipal councils to deliver their respective relief and recovery activity of co-ordinating of clean-up activities where state assistance is required

3.2

   

●  DJPR to deliver their respective relief and recovery activity of delivering recovery programs and advice to primary producers, and rural land managers and other animal businesses

3.2, 17.2, 17.4, 17.5

   

Assurance and Learning

 

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