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Managing Large Scale Emergency Events

Published 09/11/2012

Earthquake Workshop

On Monday 29 October, Victoria State Emergency Service and Fire Services Commissioner hosted a free workshop for emergency management personnel to critically consider Victoria’s readiness to manage a large scale emergency such as an earthquake.

This workshop, facilitated by Stuart Ellis - Leading Emergency Services Director, provided an overview of the state’s earthquake risk. It also provided presentations by industry leaders on the management of, and lessons learnt from, the recent Christchurch Earthquake.

Presentations included:

  • Introduction - Mary Barry (SES) and Craig Lapsley (FSC)
  • State Earthquake Plan and Risk - Andrew Gissing (SES)
  • Considerations of the Christchurch Earthquake - Stuart Ellis
  • Observations and Lessons for Victoria - Shane Wright (MFB)
  • New Zealand Civil Defence experiences and lessons: A personal perspective
  • Melbourne Earthquake Hypothetical - Stuart Ellis
  • Lessons for Victoria


The workshop also provided an overview of the state’s earthquake risk and provided presentations by industry leaders on the management of, and lessons learnt from, the recent Christchurch Earthquake.

The day concluded with a thought provoking panel discussion, based upon a hypothetical scenario of an earthquake occurring in Melbourne.

In Victoria, SES is the control agency for earthquakes, which means that we are responsible for planning for earthquakes and for managing responses if an earthquake does occur.

Unlike other countries such as Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia, Australia does not lie in close proximity to a tectonic plate boundary where large earthquakes can occur. However, communities in Australia can still experience damaging and deadly earthquakes.

There are number of things you can do to stay safe during an earthquake. For further information, please visit www.ses.vic.gov.au/quakesafe.