The role of Victoria Police is to serve the Victorian community and uphold the law so as to promote a safe, secure and orderly society.  It does this through preserving the peace, protecting life and property, preventing the commission of offences, detecting and apprehending offenders and helping those in need of assistance.  Control and Coordination functions with respect to Emergency Management are outlined in the Emergency Management Act 2013 and the State Emergency Management Plan.  



Critical task alignment / activity source



Building social capital and resilience in communities to prepare for a sustained recovery from extreme emergencies and natural disasters through the provision of information and education in the media and other means

1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 6.1


VicPol is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following bushfire mitigation activities:
●  fire ignition controls including total fire ban days, arson programs

Mitigation table


Response (including Relief)


Responsible for the effective co-ordination of emergency response within regions and/or municipal areas for all emergencies

3.1, 3.2


Responsible for the effective co-ordination of emergency response within the state, regions and/or municipal areas for class 3 emergencies

3.1, 3.2, 5.4


VicPol is responsible for:


●  evacuation – in consultation with the control agency and other expert advice

3.2, 5.2


●  provision of media co-ordination (where no other facility exists)

2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.5


●  traffic management – in consultation with the control agency and other expert advice

3.1, 3.2, 5.3, 9.3


●  registration of evacuees – in conjunction with ARC

3.1, 3.2, 4.5, 15.6


VicPol is the control agency for:


●  Class 3 emergencies (as defined in the SEMP)

3.1, 3.4, 5.4


●  rescue in mines and caves

3.1, 12.3


●  road, rail, tram, aircraft and marine (not pollution, cetaceans or wildlife) accidents/incidents, explosive devices, threats to life and property (unless otherwise designated)



●  search and rescue on land and Victorian waters, other than for ADF ships and planes

3.1, 12.1, 12.3


●  food supply and critical infrastructure damage or disruption

Response table


VicPol supports to other agencies in:


●  access to communications

3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 5.1


●  coronial investigations

3.2, 8.1, 8.5


●  dissemination of public information

2.1, 2.3, 3.1


●  provision of land, air and water transport

3.2, 9.2


●  provision of personnel

3.2, 8.3, 12.4


VicPol is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of deceased person identification, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10)

Response Support table




Where VicPol is the manager and/or owner of a building or asset (e.g. public amenities, station buildings etc.) that require assessment, restoration, clearing and/or rehabilitation as a result of an emergency, VicPol is the lead agency for the recovery activities associated with this

3.1, 19.1, 19.2, 19.4, 19.7


Assurance and Learning


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