About the Planning core capability

Conduct a systematic process engaging the whole community as appropriate in the development of executable strategic, operational, and/or tactical level approaches to meet defined objectives.

Critical Task Table 1: Agency roles mapped to the Victorian Preparedness Framework, by critical tasks within the Planning core capability 

 

Critical Task 1.1: Define and communicate (to all stakeholders) planning principles, priorities and governance arrangements, including an understanding of a community’s profile, resilience, and the likely emergencies that may impact on them.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AMSA

Develop and implement legislation to enhance safety of ships and crews, and maintain qualifications of crews

 

Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

EMA is responsible for progressing and implementing national disaster risk reduction policy, in line with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. The Framework sets the five-year cross-sector foundation from 2019-2023 to address systemic disaster risk and was endorsed by COAG in March 2020

1.3

The Counter Terrorism Centre is responsible for counter terrorism strategic policy, counter terrorism operational coordination and evaluation and counter terrorism capability

3.2, 4.3

AV

Provide appropriate pre-hospital leadership, skills and equipment through planning for various health emergencies, including mass casualty incidents

1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

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:

 
  • are developed through participation with community and agency stakeholders

1.2

  • incorporate initiatives that build community resilience where-ever this is possible

6.6

Coordinate state and regional recovery, including develop and implement overarching Bushfire recovery framework, including recovery plans

 

DELWP

 

Cetacean (whale and dolphin) stranding, entanglement or vessel strike - develop policy, programs and training for responding to cetacean entanglement, strandings and vessel strike

 
Dam safety:  
  • formulate policy and regulation for dam safety
 
  • administer dam safety provision in the Water Act 1989 and water corporation obligations in the Statement of Obligations
 

Energy:

  • responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involve working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises for resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 19.4, 19.5, 21.1, 21.3

Fire:

  • formulate policy and regulation for bushfire management in state forest, national parks and protected public lands
  • formulate policy and regulation in land use planning and building systems for bushfire in the built and natural environment
 

Floodplain management / flood:

  • formulate policy and regulation for floodplain management
  • formulate policy and regulation in the land use planning and building systems for flood in the built and natural environment
 

Non-hazardous pollution of inland waters - formulate policy and regulation for non-hazardous pollution of inland waters

 

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services - monitor Water Corporations’ implementation of business continuity and emergency management plans to restore water and wastewater (sewerage) services to full functionality; and observe emergency management exercises in the sector

1.6

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

1.2, 11.2, 18.1

  • develop response options for key ecosystems and species

1.1, 1.3, 4.4, 18.2

Wildlife affected by marine and freshwater pollution - develop policy, programs and training for responding to incidents of wildlife affected by marine pollution

 

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

 
  • develop policy, programs and training for responding to wildlife welfare during emergencies

21.1

  • develop partnerships and agreements with key organisations to support DELWP in responding to emergency events on wildlife welfare
 

DET

Develop DET’s state-wide emergency management policy, including guidelines for all children’s services, government and non‑government schools that can prevent or reduce the risks associated with emergencies

1.3

Develop emergency management planning resources for all children’s services, government and non‑government schools including templates to assist to identifying actions that support mitigation including resources and training

1.2, 1.4

DJCS

Develop policy and plans to reduce the risk of harm to its people (both staff and clients), facilities, systems and services from major emergencies

1.3

Support EMV to coordinate whole of government policy and planning for emergency management

1.2, 3.2

DJPR

Promote resilience through effective engagement networks with commonwealth, government, industry and community stakeholders, including the communications and food and grocery critical infrastructure sectors to gain appreciation of asset criticality and emergency planning and preparedness plans

1.2, 1.4

DoT

Work with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

 

Maintain a high level of preparedness for emergencies that may affect the state’s road and rail network

 

Provide a mechanism for developing multi-agency/operator incident action strategy

1.3

DPC

Support Victorian Government mitigation for cyber security emergencies

1.3

EMC

Develop, review and maintain operational standards for the performance of emergency management functions by responder agencies in consultation with responder agencies and EMV

 

Develop and maintain incident management operating procedures for responder agencies

 

Be responsible for the preparation and review of the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Arrange for the preparation of the SEMP to provide for an integrated, coordinated and comprehensive approach to emergency management at a State level

1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

EMV

Support the EMC to perform the functions conferred on the EMC under the Emergency Management Act 2013

 

The Chief Executive, together with the EMC, must use their best endeavours to ensure that agencies implement their work programs under the Strategic Action Plan

 

Establish and maintain the Victorian Critical Infrastructure Register, conducting a review of the accuracy and currency of the Victorian Critical Infrastructure Register at least once every 3 years and on the request of the Minister for Emergency Services

1.3

ESTA

Participate in planning activities on telecommunications risks

 

ESV

Gas:

  • Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure gas safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through: review, monitor and audit compliance program of appliances, gas equipment, gas components, gas installations, gas related services and the conveyance, sale, supply, measurement, control and use of gas with the specified safety standards or accepted gas safety cases; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.2, 1.3, 5.4, 21.2

Electricity:

  • Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure electricity safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through reviewing, monitoring and auditing the compliance of electrical infrastructure, electrical installations, electrical equipment and vegetation with the specified safety standards, accepted electricity safety management schemes or prescriptive legislation; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.2, 1.3, 5.4, 21.2

Develop and administer regulations and codes that monitor and ensure the prevention and mitigation of bushfires that arise out of incidents involving electric lines or vegetation close there to

7.1

Pipelines:

  • Develop and administer Regulations to ensure safety of pipeline construction and operation and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through review, monitor and audit compliance program of pipeline construction and operations with the specified safety standards and accepted construction and operational safety management plans; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.3, 5.4

Foodbank

 

Develop and implement business continuity plans and increase in demand plans for major emergencies

1.3

Maintain a high level of preparedness for emergencies that may affect the availability of food and other essential materials for affected communities

 

FRV and CFA

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through:

 
  • developing/enforcing of relevant legislation and regulations
 
  • changing community behaviour through public education and legislation

2.1

LSV

Provide water safety expert advice to support the emergency management planning framework

1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Provide aquatic risk management services including safety design services to designers and developers of swimming pools and waterways

1.3, 1.4, 4.5

Melbourne Water

Develop and implement plans for the protection of Melbourne Water’s assets and systems, including dam safety, water quality, catchment and asset security

 

Develop policies and procedures for the management of trade waste

 

Regulate development in flood prone areas within Melbourne Water’s waterway management district as a referral authority under council planning schemes

 

Prepare sub-catchment drainage strategies to support urban development

 

Develop and implement plans and operational procedures for the continuity of Melbourne’s water supply systems, dams, reticulated wastewater (sewerage) systems, waterways and drainage assets

1.3

NOPSEMA

Promote and advise on occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management in offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

1.5, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

Parks Victoria

Administrate legislation and policy governing the use and enjoyment of parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and ports managed by PV, including Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries to reduce risk to the environment and visitor safety

 

Develop and administer procedures and guidelines to ensure processes are in place to manage potential risks associated with dams managed by PV consistent with the Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulations. Mitigation activities include:

  • implementing dam safety monitoring procedures for PV dams
  • developing emergency management plans for large dams
  • undertaking periodic training and exercising to ensure the emergency management plan and associated business continuity plan is tested and can be implemented effectively

1.5, 1.6, 16.2

Prepare and maintain emergency response plans for parks, reserves, rivers and waterways managed by PV

1.3

Prepare and implement Safety and Environment Management Plans for the local ports of Port Phillip and Western Port

1.3

Support DELWP and undertake activities (including works) described in DELWP Fire Protection and Readiness and Response Plans to ensure fire prevention and preparedness on public land in Victoria (Fire Protected Area)

3.2, 7.1

Salvation Army

Continually update volunteer competencies, training and safety policy plans for harm minimisation to volunteers and community members

1.4

Services Australia

 

Develop and implement the following plans to assist stakeholders in major emergency mitigation activities:

  • Emergency Management Risk Management Plans – identifies the risks associated with the delivery of the emergency management programme and outlines the proposed mitigation strategies to reduce any identified risk being realised
  • Payment Integrity Risk Management Plans – identifies the risks to the payment integrity of emergency and disaster-related payments and details the treatments to minimise these risks
  • Zone Response and Recovery Plans – each Zone is required to complete a Zone Response and Recovery Plan and describe the actions that will be taken when responding to an emergency event, which may include a natural disaster or national security incident

1.3

Detail the processes to engage appropriate and skilled emergency reservists who are able to be deployed for recovery work and provide business continuity and support to affected communities in a timely manner, through the Emergency Reservist Framework

1.3, 1.4, 3.2

Implement agreements with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies, and outline the arrangements in place with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies for the provision of support services if resources are overwhelmed during an emergency. Note: Other agreements outline the arrangements between the department and policy agencies about how they will work together to deliver the best possible services (within their portfolio of responsibility) to the community

1.2, 1.4, 3.2, 7.3, 12.4, 14.4

TSV

Develop policy relating to the administration of transport safety legislation

4.5

Provide information, guidance and education that promotes awareness and understanding of transport safety issues

1.5, 2.1, 4.5

VICSES

Increase individual capacity and capability of the community to prepare and respond by engaging with communities providing storm, flood, earthquake, tsunami and landslide risk information, community education and engagement

2.1

Support the multi-agency approach in the provision of advice, information, training and assistance to Municipal councils and agencies in relation to emergency management principles and practice

1.2, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

VIFM

Provide expert medical and scientific advice, including associated public health and safety policy advice, to a variety of Victorian Government departments and agencies on fatality management

3.2, 4.5

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

Engage with communities about volunteer agencies capabilities and capacity in an emergency

1.2, 2.1

Provide advice, information, and assistance to volunteer agencies and the community in relation to emergency management principles and practice

1.2, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

VPC(M)

Maintain the Melbourne Port Emergency Management Plan

 

VRCA

Deliver a clear port development strategy to assist waterway users and community stakeholders to plan safe and sustainable use of VRCA waters

 

Water Corporations

Develop appropriate operation and maintenance plans, risk management plans, emergency management plans and business continuity plans to ensure the water supply, wastewater (sewerage) and irrigation and drainage assets owned or managed function appropriately

1.3

Develop appropriate dam safety emergency plans to deal with a potential dam failure of dams owned or managed

1.3

Worksafe Victoria

Conduct inspections and certifications/authorisations/approvals under health and safety and dangerous goods legislation that provides information for current and emerging risks and hazards, where relevant, before, during and after an incident

1.4

 

Critical Task 1.2: Community and agency stakeholders participate in emergency management planning.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

ADF

Victoria’s Joint Operations Support Staff (JOSS) team and other DoD units regularly attend EMV training, exercises and briefings throughout the year to ensure ADF awareness and maintain an ability to respond quickly

1.6

DoD support major emergency operations via the request for Commonwealth Assistance from the EMC or the VicPol Commissioner under the EMA guidelines for Commonwealth Assistance, with support usually managed under Australian Government Disaster Response Plan (COMDISPLAN) arrangements

3.2

AEMO

Facilitate the Gas Emergency Management Consultative Forum (chaired by ESV) and the Victorian Electricity Emergency Committee

 

Prepare gas emergency procedures, in consultation with government, ESV and industry

1.6, 21.1, 21.3

ARC

Provide advice on policy and practices that support preparedness and resilience in the community

1.4

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

6.2, 6.4

ATSB

Cooperate with agencies of the Commonwealth, a state or territory that have functions or powers relating to transport safety or functions affected by the ATSB’s role in improving transport safety

3.2

AV

Active participation in emergency management committees and forums at all tiers (municipal, regional and state)

 

Coordinate Public Access Defibrillation programs, and Community Emergency Response Teams

3.3, 3.5, 14.8

BoM

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

1.6

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 are developed through participation with community and agency stakeholders

1.1

CityLink

Complete annual training exercise to test preparedness of the Emergency Risk Management Plan, Incident Management Team and Executive Management Team involving key stakeholders to identify Critical Infrastructure requirements

1.3, 1.6, 4.1

CMAs

Advise and assist local government in the incorporation of flood related planning controls in planning schemes

 

DELWP

Energy:

  • responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involve working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises for resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 19.4, 19.5, 21.1, 21.3

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, 11.2, 18.1

Wildlife affected by marine and freshwater pollution - develop partnerships and agreements with key organisations that will support DELWP in responding to wildlife affected by marine pollution

3.2

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

  • engage with DJPR on the delivery of the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan
 

DET

Develop emergency management planning resources for all children’s services, government and non‑government schools including templates to assist identifying actions that support mitigation including resources and training

1.1, 1.4

DJCS

Participate in multi-agency emergency management planning at the local, regional and state level

 

Support EMV to coordinate whole of government policy and planning for emergency management

1.1, 3.2

DJPR

Promote resilience through:

 
  • membership of national, state, regional and local emergency management bodies and teams
 
  • effective engagement networks with commonwealth, government, industry and community stakeholders, including the communications and food and grocery critical infrastructure sectors to gain appreciation of asset criticality and emergency planning and preparedness plans

1.1, 1.4

  • working with commonwealth, state government, industry, primary producers and community groups on the management of threats (including high risk biosecurity threats and natural disasters) to mitigate economic impacts

1.3, 3.2

  • working with the communications sector on mobile blackspots and public telecommunications resilience programs

3.2, 3.5

DoT

Work with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through emergency risk management planning by vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

1.3, 1.4, 3.2

Coordinate road safety programs with community groups and other agencies

1.4

EMC

Issue guidelines in relation to community emergency management planning

 

Be responsible for the preparation and review of the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Arrange for the preparation of the SEMP to provide for an integrated, coordinated and comprehensive approach to emergency management at a State level

1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Direct in writing an agency to act in accordance with the SEMP of the opinion that the agency has failed to act in accordance with the SEMP and the agency's failure is likely to have significant consequences

3.1

EMV

Support the EMC to coordinate investment and planning

3.2

Nominate a member to each Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee

 

EPA

Provide technical support in the prevention, mitigation and risk reduction of pollution and waste emergencies by applying and enforcing the Environment Protection Act, including:

 
  • work with government, industry and community to help identify and manage significant waste and pollution risks

1.4

  • support regional and state emergency management planning.
 

ESV

Gas:

  • Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure gas safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through: review, monitor and audit compliance program of appliances, gas equipment, gas components, gas installations, gas related services and the conveyance, sale, supply, measurement, control and use of gas with the specified safety standards or accepted gas safety cases; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1, 1.3, 5.4, 21.2

Electricity:

  • Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure electricity safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through reviewing, monitoring and auditing the compliance of electrical infrastructure, electrical installations, electrical equipment and vegetation with the specified safety standards, accepted electricity safety management schemes or prescriptive legislation; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1, 1.3, 5.4, 21.2

FRV and CFA

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through increasing the understanding of the use of fire protection and detection systems

1.4

LSV

Provide water safety expert advice to support the emergency management planning framework

1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Melbourne Water

Establish agreements with land developers for the provision of drainage infrastructure

 

Municipal councils

Work with the Municipal and/or Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee to:

  • provide community awareness, information

2.1

  • identify and assess hazards/risks

1.3

  • implement/coordinate specific risk treatments for identified risks

1.4, 1.5

Services Australia

Train and support:

  • agency Emergency Management Coordinators, Emergency Reservists, Smart Centre and Service Zone staff deployed to emergencies/disasters
  • agency staff taking calls or processing claims received relating to an emergency/disaster event

1.4, 1.6

Implement agreements with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies, and outline the arrangements in place with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies for the provision of support services if resources are overwhelmed during an emergency. Note: Other agreements outline the arrangements between the department and policy agencies about how they will work together to deliver the best possible services (within their portfolio of responsibility) to the community

1.1, 1.4, 3.2, 7.3, 12.4, 14.4

St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria)

Improve community readiness through marketing appropriate and cost effective first aid equipment and servicing

1.4, 2.1

Provide onsite consultations with workplaces and community groups to include first aid component within first aid management plans for the prevention of injuries

1.4, 1.6, 3.2

VCC-EM

Provide information, education and training to cultural and faith communities, municipal council emergency management staff and other agencies

1.6

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

2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 6.1

VICSES

Assist Municipal councils in the development of emergency management plans for VICSES Control hazards including assistance to incorporate an all hazards risk management approach

1.4

Assist emergency management planning committees in the facilitation of municipal risk assessments that consider and improve safety and resilience of the community from hazards and emergencies through the facilitation of Community Emergency Risk Assessment program

1.3, 1.4

Support the multi-agency approach in the provision of advice, information, training and assistance to Municipal councils and agencies in relation to emergency management principles and practice

1.1, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

VicTrack

Participate in emergency management and resilience networks and forums

1.6

VMIA

Assist departments and participating bodies to establish programs to identify, quantify and manage risks

1.4

Provide risk management support/advice to individual organisations and through emergency management forums

1.5, 4.5

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

Engage with communities about volunteer agencies capabilities and capacity in an emergency

1.1, 2.1

Provide advice, information, and assistance to volunteer agencies and the community in relation to emergency management principles and practice

1.1, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

VPC(M)

Chair the Melbourne Port Emergency Management Committee

 

VRCA

Host Port City Coordination (Port and Regional stakeholders) meetings to better understand and identify local needs

 

WICEN

Participate and support local government in organising and conducting exercises identifying different communication strategies

1.6

 

Critical Task 1.3: Identify, analyse and evaluate the likelihood and consequences of emergency events holistically, and document in emergency plans.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

Airservices Australia

Control agency for aircraft inflight emergencies and rescue and firefighting at designated airports

7.2, 12.3

AMSA

Prevent and mitigate pollution from ships

 

Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs contribute to the funding and/or support several capability development activities, often in partnership with other Australian Government Agencies and the states and territories. Activities include the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, Australian Tsunami Warning System, Bushfire Arson Prevention, Emergency Alert, Australian Medical Assistance Teams and Disaster Assistance Response Teams and the Australian Instituted of Disaster Resilience

 

EMA is responsible for progressing and implementing national disaster risk reduction policy, in line with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. The Framework sets the five-year cross-sector foundation from 2019-2023 to address systemic disaster risk and was endorsed by COAG in March 2020

1.1

AV

Provide appropriate pre-hospital leadership, skills and equipment through planning for various health emergencies, including mass casualty incidents

1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

BRV

Coordinate state and regional recovery, including lead in recovery planning, program management, engagements and operations to ensure wraparound services systems are easily available for affected people

15.5

CityLink

Complete annual review of traffic management plans for road closures and tunnel evacuation plans for motorists

 

Complete annual training exercise to test preparedness of the Emergency Risk Management Plan, Incident Management Team and Executive Management Team involving key stakeholders to identify Critical Infrastructure requirements

1.2, 1.6, 4.1

Ensure long term operability of infrastructure, through the asset strategy and planning framework, including assessments and restoration when required

19.1, 19.2, 19.5

Update the Emergency Risk Management Plan with findings and recommendations from any major event including annual exercises

21.3, 21.5

CMAs

Prepare flood response action plans for internal use focused on the collection of flood related data, flood level, flood photography, and hydrographics

 

DELWP

 

Blue‑Green Algae bloom - develop policy for blue-green algae management in Victoria

 

Cetacean (whale and dolphin) stranding, entanglement or vessel strike - engage with stakeholders to reduce the incidence of cetacean stranding, entanglement and vessel strike

2.1

Dam safety - administer dam safety provision in the Water Act 1989 and water corporation obligations in the Statement of Obligations

1.1

Energy - responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involve working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises for resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 19.4, 19.5, 21.1, 21.3

Fire - plan and deliver programs to reduce the risk of bushfire in state forest, national parks and protected public lands

7.1

Floodplain management/flood - plan and deliver floodplain management programs to reduce the risk of major flood

 

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

  • develop response options for key ecosystems and species

1.1, 4.4, 18.2

DET

Develop DET’s state-wide emergency management policy, including guidelines for all children’s services, government and non‑government schools that can prevent or reduce the risks associated with emergencies

1.1

DH

Provide whole-of-health leadership and direction to plan and prepare for emergencies with major health consequences, including mass casualties

 

DJCS

Develop policy and plans to reduce the risk of harm to its people (both staff and clients), facilities, systems and services from major emergencies

1.1

DJPR

Promote resilience through working with commonwealth, state government, industry, primary producers and community groups on the management of threats (including high risk biosecurity threats and natural disasters) to mitigate economic impacts

1.2, 3.2

DoT

Work with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through emergency risk management planning by vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

1.2, 1.4, 3.2

Provide a mechanism for developing multi-agency/operator incident action strategy

1.1

Assure preparation of vital critical infrastructure owners’ and operators’ emergency risk management plans

1.4

Plan for the management of incidents on major arterial roads with other agencies, including diversion routes for the different classes of vehicles

1.5

EMC

Be responsible for the preparation and review of the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Arrange for the preparation of the SEMP to provide for an integrated, coordinated and comprehensive approach to emergency management at a State level

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5

EMV

Establish and maintain the Victorian Critical Infrastructure Register, conducting a review of the accuracy and currency of the Victorian Critical Infrastructure Register at least once every 3 years and on the request of the Minister for Emergency Services

1.1

DPC

Support government response prior to an extreme emergency

 

Support Victorian Government mitigation for cyber security emergencies

 

ESV

 

Gas:

  • Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure gas safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through: review, monitor and audit compliance program of appliances, gas equipment, gas components, gas installations, gas related services and the conveyance, sale, supply, measurement, control and use of gas with the specified safety standards or accepted gas safety cases; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1, 1.2, 5.4, 21.2

Electricity:

  • Develop and administer regulations and codes to ensure electricity safety and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through reviewing, monitoring and auditing the compliance of electrical infrastructure, electrical installations, electrical equipment and vegetation with the specified safety standards, accepted electricity safety management schemes or prescriptive legislation; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1, 1.2, 5.4, 21.2

Pipelines:

  • Develop and administer Regulations to ensure safety of pipeline construction and operation and associated risks are minimised to as far as practicable through review, monitor and audit compliance program of pipeline construction and operations with the specified safety standards and accepted construction and operational safety management plans; and enforce compliance where regulated entities place communities at risk

1.1. 5.4

Foodbank

Develop and implement business continuity plans and increase in demand plans for major emergencies

1.1

Implement and continue programs, such as Farms to Families Pop-Up Market Program and The Breakfast in Schools Program, to minimise risks, such as malnutrition, in identified communities that may be at greater risk from the effects of a major emergency

1.4

LSV

Provide safety inspection services for swimming pools, urban, coastal and inland waterways using approved risk management tools.

 

Provide water safety expert advice to support the emergency management planning framework

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5

Provide aquatic risk management services including safety design services to designers and developers of swimming pools and waterways

1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 4.5

Melbourne Water

Develop and implement plans and operational procedures for the continuity of Melbourne’s water supply systems, dams, reticulated wastewater (sewerage) systems, waterways and drainage assets

1.1

Implement plans for the protection of Melbourne Water’s assets and systems from threats and impacts, including dam safety, water quality, catchment and asset security

1.5

Implement plans and procedures for the continuity of services in the event of a threat or impact to Melbourne Water’s reticulated water supply systems, dams, reticulated wastewater (sewerage) systems, waterways and drainage assets

1.5, 19.6

Municipal councils

Work with the Municipal and/or Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee to identify and assess hazards/risks

1.2

NOPSEMA

Develop and implement effective monitoring and enforcement strategies to secure compliance for occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management in offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

4.3, 16.2

Parks Victoria

Prepare and maintain emergency response plans for parks, reserves, rivers and waterways managed by PV

1.1

Prepare and implement Safety and Environment Management Plans for the local ports of Port Phillip and Western Port

1.1

Ensure the safe, efficient and environmental management of the local ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell, including the navigable sections of the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers (excluding Commercial Ports), and other specified navigable waterways in its management areas

 

Services Australia

Develop and implement the following plans to assist stakeholders in major emergency mitigation activities:

  • Emergency Management Risk Management Plans – identifies the risks associated with the delivery of the emergency management programme and outlines the proposed mitigation strategies to reduce any identified risk being realised
  • Payment Integrity Risk Management Plans – identifies the risks to the payment integrity of emergency and disaster-related payments and details the treatments to minimise these risks
  • Zone Response and Recovery Plans – each Zone is required to complete a Zone Response and Recovery Plan and describe the actions that will be taken when responding to an emergency event, which may include a natural disaster or national security incident

1.1

Detail the processes to engage appropriate and skilled emergency reservists who are able to be deployed for recovery work and provide business continuity and support to affected communities in a timely manner, through the Emergency Reservist Framework

1.1, 1.4, 3.2

Telstra

Maintain Business Continuity Plans which detail the response, relief, recovery and restoration steps to be taken prior to, during and following an adverse event

 

Identify sites that may be at risk and potential consequences of loss of asset

1.5, 19.1

VFA

Enforce provisions under the Fisheries Act 1995 prohibiting bringing into Victoria, possession, transporting or release of declared noxious aquatic species

5.4, 16.4, 16.5

VICSES

Assist emergency management planning committees in the facilitation of municipal risk assessments that consider and improve safety and resilience of the community from hazards and emergencies through the facilitation of Community Emergency Risk Assessment program

1.2, 1.4

VIFM

Provide medical death investigation, and reduce the number of preventable deaths and promote public health and safety and the administration of justice

2.1

VPC(M)

Coordinate whole of port emergency management exercises

 

Ensure safe management of commercial shipping within the waters of the port of Melbourne via Vessel Traffic Services authority

3.3

Water Corporations

Develop appropriate operation and maintenance plans, risk management plans, emergency management plans and business continuity plans to ensure the water supply, wastewater (sewerage) and irrigation and drainage assets owned or managed function appropriately

1.1

Develop appropriate dam safety emergency plans to deal with a potential dam failure of dams owned or managed

1.1

Worksafe Victoria

Investigate, report and analyse information for current and emerging risks and hazards where relevant before, during and after incidents involving:

  • workplace fatalities and life threatening or serious injury
  • transport of dangerous goods and chemicals and high consequence dangerous goods and explosives
  • use, storage and handling of dangerous goods and chemicals and high consequence dangerous goods

4.4

 

Critical Task 1.4: Community and agency stakeholders are engaged to explore, determine and implement mitigating actions to reduce or manage the likelihood and consequences of emergency events.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AMSA

Build awareness of aviation and maritime safety by participating in seminars, aircraft, boat and 4WD shows, safety campaigns and journal articles

 

Promote and register distress beacons for safety in aviation, maritime and remote land activities including bush walking

1.5

ARC

Provide advice on policy and practices that support preparedness and resilience in the community

1.2

Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

Provide $104.4 million across states and territories under the 2020National Partnership Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction to deliver state and local risk reduction initiatives over five years. This is in addition to $26.1 million that the Commonwealth will be investing in nationally significant projects

1.3

AV

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

1.5, 6.4, 6.5

BoM

Contribute to community hazard mapping by leading analysis of relevant meteorological and hydrological information

2.1, 4.4, 4.6

CMAs

In partnership with local government, prepare and implement local floodplain management plans in accordance with the regional floodplain management strategy and community expectations

 

Assist with specific strategic and regional (non-urban) works and measures in accordance with responsibilities under the regional floodplain management strategy or catchment management strategy in consultation with expert advice

1.5

Coroners Court

Contribute to reducing preventable deaths and fires through the findings of coronial investigations of deaths and fires, and the make recommendations to promote public health and safety

2.1, 21.5

DET

Develop emergency management planning resources for all children’s services, government and non‑government schools including templates to assist identifying actions that support mitigation including resources and training

1.1, 1.2

DJPR

Promote resilience through effective engagement networks with commonwealth, government, industry and community stakeholders, including the communications and food and grocery critical infrastructure sectors to gain appreciation of asset criticality and emergency planning and preparedness plans

1.1, 1.2

DoT

Work with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through emergency risk management planning by vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

1.2, 1.3, 3.2

Assure preparation of vital critical infrastructure owners’ and operators’ emergency risk management plans

1.3

Coordinate road safety programs with community groups and other agencies

1.2

EMC

Provide guidance to Regional Emergency Management Planning Committees in relation to compliance with the requirements of Parts 5 and 6A of the Emergency Management Act 2013

 

Share information with Regional Emergency Management Planning Committees to assist effective emergency management planning in accordance with Part 6A of the Emergency Management Act 2013

 

Be responsible for the preparation and review of the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6

Arrange for the preparation of the SEMP to provide for an integrated, coordinated and comprehensive approach to emergency management at a State level

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5

EMV

Maintain a record of delegations in force under section 74G of the Emergency Management Act 2013

 

EPA

Provide technical support in the prevention, mitigation and risk reduction of pollution and waste emergencies by applying and enforcing the Environment Protection Act, including working with government, industry and community to help identify and manage significant waste and pollution risks

1.2

ESV

 

Gas:

  • Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.5, 1.6

Electricity:

  • Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.5, 1.6

Foodbank

Implement and continue programs, such as Farms to Families Pop-Up Market Program and The Breakfast in Schools Program, to minimise risks, such as malnutrition, in identified communities that may be at greater risk from the effects of a major emergency

1.3

FRV and CFA

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through:  
  • increasing the understanding of the use of fire protection and detection systems

1.2

  • increasing community involvement and awareness in hazard prevention

2.1

LSV

 

Provide water safety expert advice to support the emergency management planning framework

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5

Provide aquatic risk management services including safety design services to designers and developers of swimming pools and waterways

1.1, 1.3, 4.5

Municipal councils

 

Perform risk mitigation functions under local government, fire, health, building, and planning legislation e.g. planning schemes, building permits, food safety inspections

 

Work with the Municipal and/or Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee to implement/coordinate specific risk treatments for identified risks

1.2, 1.5

Salvation Army

Continually update volunteer competencies, training and safety policy plans for harm minimisation to volunteers and community members

1.1

Services Australia

 

Detail the processes to engage appropriate and skilled emergency reservists who are able to be deployed for recovery work and provide business continuity and support to affected communities in a timely manner, through the Emergency Reservist Framework

1.1, 1.3, 3.2

Train and support:

  • agency Emergency Management Coordinators, Emergency Reservists, Smart Centre and Service Zone staff deployed to emergencies/disasters
  • agency staff taking calls or processing claims received relating to an emergency/disaster event

1.2, 1.6

Implement agreements with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies, and outline the arrangements in place with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies for the provision of support services if resources are overwhelmed during an emergency. Note: Other agreements outline the arrangements between the department and policy agencies about how they will work together to deliver the best possible services (within their portfolio of responsibility) to the community

1.1, 1.2, 3.2, 7.3, 12.4, 14.4

St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) (Vic)

Improve community readiness through marketing appropriate and cost effective first aid equipment and servicing

1.2, 2.1

Provide onsite consultations with workplaces and community groups to include first aid component within first aid management plans for the prevention of injuries

1.2, 1.6, 3.2

VBA

Work with other agencies and regulators to review regulatory environment and identify risks and review and implement mitigation measures where required

1.5

VICSES

Assist Municipal councils in the development of emergency management plans for VICSES Control hazards including assistance to incorporate an all hazards risk management approach

1.2

Assist emergency management planning committees in the facilitation of municipal risk assessments that consider and improve safety and resilience of the community from hazards and emergencies through the facilitation of Community Emergency Risk Assessment program

1.2, 1.3

VicTrack

Undertake resilience improvement activities

 

VMIA

Assist departments and participating bodies to establish programs to identify, quantify and manage risks

1.2

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

Provide training programs (such as Basic First Aid) to people affected by emergencies in support of lead agencies

3.2

Worksafe Victoria

Conduct inspections and certifications/authorisations/approvals under health and safety and dangerous goods legislation that provides information for current and emerging risks and hazards, where relevant, before, during and after an incident

1.1

Continue the safety regulator role during emergency events, including promoting compliant occupational health and safety management systems

1.5

Provide people and communities with information about risks, risk mitigation actions, and incidents/events through the development and publishing of guidance notes and alerts on a wide range of occupational health and safety and dangerous goods matters

2.1

 

Critical Task 1.5: Communicate (to communities and agency stakeholders) information on the residual likelihood and consequences after planning and mitigation is communicated.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AEMO

Prepare electricity load shedding priority tables after consultation with industry and government

 

Prepare gas curtailment tables in consultation with government

 

AMSA

Promote and register distress beacons for safety in aviation, maritime and remote land activities including bush walking

1.4

AV

Provide appropriate pre-hospital leadership, skills and equipment through planning for various health emergencies, including mass casualty incidents

1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Provide information to the public relating to health emergencies, and how the risk or consequence of these can be reduced

2.1, 2.3

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

1.4, 6.4, 6.5

CMAs

Assist with specific strategic and regional (non-urban) works and measures in accordance with responsibilities under the regional floodplain management strategy or catchment management strategy in consultation with expert advice

1.4

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

6.4

DELWP

Energy:

 
  • control agency for energy supply disruptions, in accordance with plans and procedures and within the powers available to resolve the situation

3.1

  • as lead Government liaison, works with AEMO which operates and is responsible for the transmission system while other network operators manage the distribution system and the restoration of infrastructure and electric supply

3.2, 10.1, 19.6

Energy - Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) for energy services, including Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) and Government liaison to:

  • work with AEMO to deliver recovery activity of gas services assets reinstatement and return to reliable supply by managing gas system security emergencies within the Victorian Declared Transmission System. Other pipeline operators manage non-Declared Transmission System segments of the system, and the restoration of infrastructure and gas supply
  • work with AEMO and electricity generation companies to deliver recovery activity of electricity services assets reinstatement and return to reliable supply by managing electricity system security emergencies

3.2, 10.1, 19.6

DoT

Plan for the management of incidents on major arterial roads with other agencies, including diversion routes for the different classes of vehicles

1.3

DPC

Coordinate with Commonwealth and state and territory First Ministers’ departments on a range of security and emergency management mitigation issues

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

Coordinate with Commonwealth and state and territory First Ministers’ departments on security and emergency response matters

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

Provide information and strategic advice to the Premier, the SCRC, and relevant committees and sub-committees of Cabinet on whole-of-government:

  • security and emergency management issues
  • response activities for emergencies

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

Coordinate with Commonwealth and state and territory First Ministers’ departments on recovery matters

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

Provide information and strategic advice to the Premier, the SCRC, and relevant committees and sub-committees of Cabinet on whole-of-government relief and recovery activities following emergencies

4.4, 4.5, 4.6

EMC

Responsible, with the Chief Executive EMV, for advising the State Crisis and Resilience Council (SCRC) in relation to any matter being considered by the SCRC on behalf of:

  • Fire Rescue Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Victoria State Emergency Service Authority
  • Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority
 

Be responsible for the preparation and review of the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6

Arrange for the preparation of the SEMP to provide for an integrated, coordinated and comprehensive approach to emergency management at a State level

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

EMV

The Chief Executive is responsible, with the EMC, for advising SCRC in relation to any matter being considered by SCRC on behalf of:

  • Fire Rescue Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Victoria State Emergency Service Authority
  • Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority
 

ESV

Gas:

  • Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.4, 1.6

Electricity:

  • Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.4, 1.6

FRV and CFA

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through applying risk management strategies to identified community risk

 

LSV

Provide water safety expert advice to support the emergency management planning framework

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Melbourne Water

Implement plans for the protection of Melbourne Water’s assets and systems from threats and impacts, including dam safety, water quality, catchment and asset security

1.3

Implement plans and procedures for the continuity of services in the event of a threat or impact to Melbourne Water’s reticulated water supply systems, dams, reticulated wastewater (sewerage) systems, waterways and drainage assets

1.3, 19.6

Municipal councils

Work with the Municipal and/or Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee to implement/coordinate specific risk treatments for identified risks

1.2, 1.4

NOPSEMA

Promote and advise on occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management in offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

1.1, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

Parks Victoria

Develop and administer procedures and guidelines to ensure processes are in place to manage potential risks associated with dams managed by PV consistent with the Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulations. Mitigation activities include:

  • implementing dam safety monitoring procedures for PV dams
  • developing emergency management plans for large dams
  • undertaking periodic training and exercising to ensure the emergency management plan and associated business continuity plan is tested and can be implemented effectively

1.1, 1.6, 16.2

Telstra

Identify sites that may be at risk and potential consequences of loss of asset

1.3, 19.1

TSV

Provide information, guidance and education that promotes awareness and understanding of transport safety issues

1.1, 2.1, 4.5

VBA

Work with other agencies and regulators to review regulatory environment and identify risks and review and implement mitigation measures where required

1.4

VFA

Support DELWP in the delivery of programs to reduce the incidence of cetacean entanglement and vessel strike from fishing activities

2.2, 3.2

VMIA

Assist departments and participating bodies to establish programs to:

monitor risk management by departments and participating bodies

1.6

Provide risk management support/advice to individual organisations and through emergency management forums

1.2, 4.5

Worksafe Victoria

Continue the safety regulator role during emergency events, including promoting compliant occupational health and safety management systems

1.4

 

Critical Task 1.6: Exercise, evaluate and review emergency management plans regularly with agencies and community stakeholders using scenarios related to the community’s risk profile. 

Note: This critical task would remove the requirement to “exercise” emergency management plans as part of the ‘During’ phase, as operational demands mean this would not be practical.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

ADF

Victoria’s Joint Operations Support Staff (JOSS) team and other DoD units regularly attend EMV training, exercises and briefings throughout the year to ensure ADF awareness and maintain an ability to respond quickly

1.2

AEMO

Coordinate Victorian Electricity Emergency Committee and Gas Emergency Management Consultative Forum emergency exercises

21.1, 21.3

Prepare gas emergency procedures, in consultation with government, ESV and industry

1.2, 21.1, 21.3

AMSA

Participate in national emergency planning, preparedness and mitigation measures

 

Participate in relevant aviation, maritime, emergency management and critical infrastructure forums, exercises, and training

 

AV

Provide appropriate pre-hospital leadership, skills and equipment through planning for various health emergencies, including mass casualty incidents

1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Coordinate and participate in training and exercises to maintain a high level of preparedness for all emergencies, including mass casualty incidents, both internally and with other emergency services and health service providers

 

CityLink

Complete annual training exercise to test preparedness of the Emergency Risk Management Plan, Incident Management Team and Executive Management Team involving key stakeholders to identify Critical Infrastructure requirements

1.2, 1.3, 4.1

DELWP

Energy - responsibilities under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 involve working with the energy sector to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through formulation of policy, emergency risk management planning by operators, observing exercises for resilience improvement cycles and designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 19.4, 19.5, 21.1, 21.3

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services - monitor Water Corporations’ implementation of business continuity and emergency management plans to restore water and wastewater (sewerage) services to full functionality; and observe emergency management exercises in the sector

1.1

DoT

Provide leadership to the transport sector through development and running of multiagency exercises

 

Participate in state and regional emergency management meetings and exercises to provide advice on likely risks and impacts to the transport network

 

Work with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through conducting, participating in and observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles for vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

21.1, 21.2, 21.3

EMC

Consider any regional emergency management plan submitted by a Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee for approval

 

Be responsible for the preparation and review of the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

ESV

Gas:

  • Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.4, 1.5

Electricity:

  • Involvement in collective working groups (energy sectors and government agencies) in energy emergency planning and preparedness activities (e.g. development of emergency response and communication protocols and processes; annual emergency exercises; continuous improvement reviews of protocols and processes)

1.4, 1.5

Melbourne Water

Develop and undertake training and exercise activities to ensure that Melbourne Water’s people, customers and partners are able to implement plans and procedures

 

Parks Victoria

Develop and administer procedures and guidelines to ensure processes are in place to manage potential risks associated with dams managed by PV consistent with the Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulations. Mitigation activities include:

  • implementing dam safety monitoring procedures for PV dams
  • developing emergency management plans for large dams
  • undertaking periodic training and exercising to ensure the emergency management plan and associated business continuity plan is tested and can be implemented effectively

1.1, 1.5, 16.2

Salvation Army

Participate in emergency planning/exercises at state, regional and local levels

 

Services Australia

Train and support:

  • agency Emergency Management Coordinators, Emergency Reservists, Smart Centre and Service Zone staff deployed to emergencies/disasters
  • agency staff taking calls or processing claims received relating to an emergency/disaster event

1.2, 1.4

St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) (Vic)

Provide onsite consultations with workplaces and community groups to include first aid component within first aid management plans for the prevention of injuries

1.2, 1.4, 3.2

VCC-EM

Provide information, education and training to cultural and faith communities, municipal council emergency management staff and other agencies

1.2

VicTrack

Participate in emergency management and resilience networks and forums

1.2

VMIA

Assist departments and participating bodies to establish programs to monitor risk management by departments and participating bodies

1.5

provide risk management advice and training to departments and participating bodies

4.5

VRCA

Exercise, evaluate and review the whole of port emergency response plan

 

Water Corporations

Conduct periodic training exercises to ensure emergency management plans can be implemented effectively

 

WICEN

Participate and support local government in organising and conducting exercises identifying different communication strategies

1.2