About the Building Community Resilience core capability

Building community safety and resilience includes working together at the local level. Communities can strengthen their lifelines by better connecting and working together with appropriate support from organisations. Build on combined community and organisational strengths before, during and after emergencies through the below critical tasks.

Critical Task Table 6: Agency roles mapped to the Victorian Preparedness Framework, by critical tasks within the Building Community Resilience core capability

 

Critical Task 6.1: Connecting with people and by supporting them to use their networks to communicate effectively.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

DET

Provide advice and suggested resources to non‑government schools

4.5

BoM

Contribute to community awareness activities related to meteorological and hydrological phenomena and warning systems

1.2

LSV

Develop and provide education in water safety and associated messaging, first aid, CPR, swimming and lifesaving programs at swimming pools, open water locations, schools and lifesaving clubs including accredited training for Personal Water Craft and Inflatable Rescue Boats

2.1, 6.4

Services Australia

Have staff available with specialist skills (for example social workers, community engagement officers, indigenous service officers) to work with disaster affected individuals and communities in relation to Services Australia payments and services

3.2, 14.4, 15.4, 15.5, 20.6

VicPol

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

1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5

 

Critical Task 6.2: Using local knowledge to better understand and identify local needs.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks
ARC

Build community resilience and social connectedness through engagement and emergency planning activities to empower communities to develop initiatives through local volunteer networks and connections

1.2, 6.4

LSV

Provide expert advice on aquatic risk management systems and water safety signage  

2.1, 4.5

 

Critical Task 6.3: Working through likely scenarios to manage underlying stresses and cope with shocks that may continue to impact the community.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

FRV and CFA

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through broadening community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community

2.1

DELWP

Energy - 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

6.4, 6.6, 19.8

St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria)

Promote and provide community first aid training through public education in schools, workplaces and to the public

2.1, 4.5

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

Broaden community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community

 
 

Critical Task 6.4: Working together to identify local context and develop local solutions.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

ARC

Build community resilience and social connectedness through engagement and emergency planning activities to empower communities to develop initiatives through local volunteer networks and connections

1.2, 6.2

AV

Engage with communities to build resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

1.4, 1.5, 6.5

CFA

Engage with communities to build their resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

 

CMAs

Prioritise regional flooding issues in cooperation with local government, VICSES and the community

1.5

Support community education and involvement on flooding issues

 

DELWP

Energy - 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, 6.6, 19.8

FRV

Engage with communities to build their resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

 

LSV

Develop and provide education in water safety and associated messaging, first aid, CPR, swimming and lifesaving programs at swimming pools, open water locations, schools and lifesaving clubs including accredited training for Personal Water Craft and Inflatable Rescue Boats

2.1, 6.1

VICSES

Engage with communities to build their resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

 
 

Critical Task 6.5: Sharing information and learning from experiences to make better decisions in the future.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks
ATSB

Issue public reports on investigations, safety issues and reports on remedial safety actions 

2.1, 4.5, 4.6, 21.1, 21.3, 21.5

AV

Engage with communities to build resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs

1.4, 1.5, 6.4

 

Critical Task 6.6: Encouraging self-reliance by enabling communities to cope for up to 72 hours without significant external assistance.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

BRV

Lead and coordinate recovery planning across BRV’s five lines of recovery (People and Wellbeing, Aboriginal Culture and Healing, Environment and Biodiversity, Business and Economy, and Building and Infrastructure), ensuring that recovery plans incorporate initiatives that build community resilience where-ever this is possible

1.1

DELWP

Energy - 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, 19.8