SEMP Extreme Heat Sub-plan

Purpose and scope

This State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) Extreme Heat Sub-Plan contextualises the current arrangements, roles and responsibilities for planning, mitigation, preparedness, response (including relief) and recovery from all extreme heat events, regardless of their duration. 
Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) on behalf of the Emergency Management Commissioner (EMC) coordinated the development of this plan in conjunction with emergency management agencies.


This plan recognises that emergency management - supporting communities to be safer and more resilient - is the shared responsibility of all Victorians, not just the emergency management sector.

The audience for this plan comprises:

  • government
  • business
  • the community of Victoria and
  • primarily agencies within the emergency management sector. 

How to read this document

This plan should be read in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Plan.

Plan preparation, approval and review

This is the third version of a State-level extreme heat sub-plan and the first in the form of a SEMP Extreme Heat Sub-Plan that is prepared under the reformed emergency management planning arrangements outlined in the Emergency Management Act 2013 (EM Act 2013), as amended by the Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Act 2018. 

This Sub-Plan aligns with the SEMP and was prepared with regard to the Guidelines for Preparing State, Regional and Municipal Emergency Management Plans. It was endorsed by the State Crisis and Resilience Council (SCRC) on 4 November 2022. The Sub-Plan was current at the time of publication and remains in effect until modified, superseded or withdrawn.

The Sub-Plan will be reviewed and updated at least every 3 years in accordance with the above guidelines. Consideration will be given to an earlier revision if the Sub-Plan has been applied in a major emergency or an exercise or substantial change to the relevant legislation or arrangements.

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