About the Impact Assessment core capability

Provide all decision makers with relevant information regarding the nature and extent of the hazard, and any potential consequences during and after an emergency to ensure efficient, timely and appropriate support for communities.

Critical Task Table 11: Agency roles mapped to the Victorian Preparedness Framework, by critical tasks within the Impact Assessment core capability

 

Critical Task 11.1: Gather information regarding extent of damage, immediate threats, loss of life and persons displaced.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AEMO

Provide information and advice to the control agency regarding the impact of an emergency on electricity supply or gas and formulate management strategies in relation to incidents that threaten the technical integrity of the generation and transmission system (system security incidents)

3.2, 4.6, 11.2

Coordinate and direct the gas and electricity industry to respond to a system security emergency

11.3

AV

Under the SHERP, AV will represent Health as a member of the Emergency Management Team, and report on patient numbers and health impacts

3.2

CityLink

Maintain and inspect CityLink assets and ensure all traffic control devices are available 24/7, which are utilised to assess an incident, or assist in establishing access for emergency services

9.2

CMAs

Assess all river waterway damage that poses a threat to the stability of river systems

18.1, 18.2

DELWP

Energy:

  • report on the impacts (loss and damage) to energy supply infrastructure to inform immediate priorities and recovery programs, including the restoration and supply of essential services

10.1, 10.2, 11.2, 19.4, 19.7

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events - provide advice to government and emergency agencies regarding impacts of animal welfare for wildlife

3.1, 3.2, 4.5

DJCS

Provide advice, information and assistance to individuals, communities and funded agencies and councils about relevant DJCS services

15.2

DJPR

Recovery Lead agency (RecLA) responsible to refer primary producers and animal owners to services. 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 agencies to aid in the coordination of recovery activities

4.5, 11.2

Support DELWP and CFA to assist 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, 17.5

EMV

Support the EMC to coordinate data collection and state impact assessment processes

3.2, 11.2, 11.3

ESTA

Conduct immediate, operational enquiries on persons, vehicles and locations for VicPol

3.2

ESV

Gas:

 
  • Exercise powers conferred to ESV to issue directions to make safe of a gas emergency; and to facilitate the reliability of gas supply and security of gas system

3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.4, 11.3

  • Contribute expertise and technical specialists to support or lead the investigation of gas related incidents

8.5, 19.1

Electricity:

 
  • Exercise powers conferred to ESV to issue directions to make safe of an electricity situation

3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.4, 11.3

  • Contribute expertise and technical specialists to support or lead the investigation of electricity related incidents

8.5, 19.1

Pipelines:

  • Contribute expertise and technical specialists to support and/or conduct investigation of pipeline related incidents

19.1

FRV

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through initial impact assessment at the request and in support of, the state requirements

 

Melbourne Water

Provide advice and support to the control agency and other response agencies regarding the impact of an incident or emergency (including pollution to waterways) within Melbourne Water’s waterway management district

3.2, 16.1

Municipal councils

Coordination of local level relief activities, and lead agency to coordinate of secondary impact assessment

11.3

Coordinate local level recovery activities, and lead agency to coordinate post

11.2, 11.3

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to survey and make a determination regarding occupancy of damaged residential buildings (when safe to do so)

11.2

NOPSEMA

Investigate accidents, occurrences and other circumstances that may affect occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management of offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

4.4, 21.1

VBA

Facilitate and participate in building and plumbing inspections of affected buildings with relevant agencies and industry experts as required to determine building safety and recovery requirements

19.1, 19.2

Undertake building inspection activities to determine building safety post event

 

Undertake inspections, investigations and audits to ensure compliance with relevant legislation during response/ recovery and input to any proposed process facilitation

19.1, 19.2, 21.1

VFA

Key support agency to respond to fish mortality (fish deaths) events, including an initial impact assessment and notifying the relevant control agency if the cause relates /is suspected to relate to hazards managed by that agency e.g. exotic animal disease, pollution, blue-green algae bloom

3.2, 11.3, 16.1, 16.2, 16.3

VICSES

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of flood and storm, accidents and other hazards through initial impact assessment at the request and in support of, the state requirements

 

VMIA

Provide claims management, loss adjuster and claims preparation support during and after an emergency

4.5, 11.2, 11.3, 17.2, 17.3

VRCA

Identify and gather any actionable shipping information, such as damage sustained, current situation and possible risks, to provide to emergency services for response activities

3.2, 11.3

Worksafe Victoria

Provide technical support to other agencies in the area of plant, construction, chemicals, dangerous goods, high consequence dangerous goods, explosives (other than ordinance and explosives or firearms at crime scenes), mines, prescribed mines, quarries, on-shore petroleum sites and geothermal or on-shore exploration sites and in relation to occupational health and safety matters regarding extent of damage, immediate threats, and loss of life these matters may present. Where required, participate in any established coordination networks to support operational response

3.2

Investigate the cause of workplace and work-related incidents including incidents in public places involving registered, licensed and prescribed equipment and at major public events where such equipment is involved in an incident including amusement structures and amusement rides. This may include collecting, collating and/or analysing information for current and emerging risks and hazards before, during and after an incident, and providing consistent and meaningful impact assessment data through a coordinated process to decision makers

4.4, 11.3

 

Critical Task 11.2: Collect progressive assessment data of the scale and characteristics of the impact across the social, economic, built and natural environments.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AEMO

Provide information and advice to the control agency regarding the impact of an emergency on electricity supply or gas and formulate management strategies in relation to incidents that threaten the technical integrity of the generation and transmission system (system security incidents)

3.2, 4.6, 11.1

DELWP

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals identify key ecosystems, biodiversity values and species that may require intervention when affected by an emergency

1.1, 1.2, 18.1

Dam safety - manage escalated response activities to minimise the impact on the community and the environment from dam safety

3.1, 11.3

Energy:

 
  • advise the relevant Minister about the implications of energy supply disruptions and, in extreme outages, about reserve legislative powers to intervene in energy markets. These include the direction of energy supply or usage through Orders in Council under the Gas Industry Act 2001, the Electricity Industry Act 2000, the Fuel Emergency Act 1977 and national arrangements

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

  • report on the impacts (loss and damage) to energy supply infrastructure to inform immediate priorities and recovery programs, including the restoration and supply of essential services

10.1, 10.2, 11.1, 19.4, 19.7

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

  • relief coordination of surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals
 

DJPR

Recovery Lead agency (RecLA) responsible to refer primary producers and animal owners to services. 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 agencies to aid in the coordination of recovery activities

4.5, 11.1

Eastlink and Lendlease

Provide information concerning the commercial issues

4.5, 4.6, 17.1, 17.2

EMC

Coordinate data collection and impact assessment processes

11.3

EMV

Support the EMC to coordinate data collection and state impact assessment processes

3.2, 11.1, 11.3

EPA

As a technical support agency, receive notifications for fish deaths, assess and triage reports, make interagency notifications, issue public information where required, and undertake a regional investigation with support of local agencies where practicable, to determine the cause of the fish death event before identification and transfer to the relevant agency for ongoing management

2.3, 4.4, 4.5, 18.2, 18.4

ICA

Support Local and State Government to coordinate insurance damage assessments and expedite claims processing for insured residents and businesses to access financial and accommodation benefits

11.3

Municipal councils

 

Coordinate local level recovery activities, and lead agency to coordinate post emergency needs assessment to determine long term recovery needs (Post Emergency Needs Assessment)  

11.1, 11.3

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to survey and make a determination regarding occupancy of damaged residential buildings (when safe to do so)

11.1

VMIA

Provide claims management, loss adjuster and claims preparation support during and after an emergency

4.5, 11.1, 11.3, 17.2, 17.3

Provide insurance and claims support and assistance to the following agencies (and all other insured entities) to aid DTF in its role of advising the state through the relevant Minister on insurance implications for emergencies

3.2, 4.4, 11.3

 

Critical Task 11.3: Provide consistent and meaningful impact assessment data through a coordinated process to decision makers.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AEMO

Coordinate and direct the gas and electricity industry to respond to a system security emergency

11.1

CMAs

Support response agencies through the provision of advice on emergency stabilisation and other activities to arrest river breakaways, and the removal of debris accumulation threatening structural stability of public assets in consultation with expert advice

3.2, 18.4

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) responsible to provide advice and information services to Municipal councils and delegate public land managers and community groups (with DELWP and EPA)

 

DELWP

Dam safety - manage escalated response activities to minimise the impact on the community and the environment from dam safety

3.1, 11.2

EMC

Coordinate data collection and impact assessment processes

11.2

EMV

Support the EMC to coordinate data collection and state impact assessment processes

3.2, 11.1, 11.2

ESV

Gas:

  • Exercise powers conferred to ESV to issue directions to make safe of a gas emergency; and to facilitate the reliability of gas supply and security of gas system

3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.4, 11.1

Electricity:

  • Exercise powers conferred to ESV to issue directions to make safe of an electricity situation

3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.4, 11.1

Pipelines:

  • Intervene as required as the relevant Minister(s) delegate to ensure appropriate action is taken by all relevant parties for safety reasons or the protection of the environment in the case of pipeline incidents

5.4

ICA

Support Local and State Government to coordinate insurance damage assessments and expedite claims processing for insured residents and businesses to access financial and accommodation benefits

11.2

Melbourne Water

Provide advice and support to DELWP for any dam safety event

3.2

Municipal councils

Coordination of local level relief activities, and lead agency to coordinate of secondary impact assessment

11.1

Coordinate local level recovery activities, and lead agency to coordinate post emergency needs assessment to determine long term recovery needs (Post Emergency Needs Assessment)

 

NBN Co

Provide an Emergency Management Liaison Officer (EMLO) to engage with the SCC and provide information and advice on the impacts of emergency events regarding nbnTM services as they effect Victoria

3.2, 4.4, 4.5

VFA

Key support agency to respond to fish mortality (fish deaths) events, including an initial impact assessment and notifying the relevant control agency if the cause relates /is suspected to relate to hazards managed by that agency e.g. exotic animal disease, pollution, blue-green algae bloom

3.2, 11.1, 16.1, 16.2, 16.3

VIFM

Undertake Disaster Victim Identification procedures including forensic pathology, anthropology, odontology, radiology and molecular biology (DNA)

4.4, 8.3

VMIA

Provide claims management, loss adjuster and claims preparation support during and after an emergency

4.5, 11.1, 11.2, 17.2, 17.3

Provide insurance and insurance market insights advice during an emergency

17.1

Provide insurance and claims support and assistance to the following agencies (and all other insured entities) to aid DTF in its role of advising the state through the relevant Minister on insurance implications for emergencies

3.2, 4.4, 11.2

the state through advice to the relevant Minister on insurance implications for emergencies

4.5, 4.6

VRCA

Identify and gather any actionable shipping information, such as damage sustained, current situation and possible risks, to provide to emergency services for response activities

3.2, 11.1

Worksafe Victoria

Investigate the cause of workplace and work-related incidents including incidents in public places involving registered, licensed and prescribed equipment and at major public events where such equipment is involved in an incident including amusement structures and amusement rides. This may include collecting, collating and/or analysing information for current and emerging risks and hazards before, during and after an incident, and providing consistent and meaningful impact assessment data through a coordinated process to decision makers

4.4, 11.1