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Victorian communities to be safer and more resilient

Published 11/12/2012

Communities across Victoria will be safer and more resilient, and emergency service agencies will be better prepared with the implementation of changes to the way emergencies are managed.

The changes announced by the Victorian Government are outlined in an Emergency Management White Paper that maps out how emergency management will change to ensure an increased focus on community resilience and involvement.

These reforms represent a fundamental shift in emergency management and forms a key part of the government’s efforts to create a more disaster-resilient and safer Victoria.

The Victorian Government is committed to taking the necessary steps to improve the ability of the state to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.

The reforms, outlined in the White Paper, will ensure all emergency service agencies are able to work together effectively to tackle any type of hazard or event.

The White Paper outlines how to reduce duplication in responsibility through the formation of a single overarching emergency management body called Emergency Management Victoria.

Agencies will continue to work together to protect Victorians this fire season while steadily moving to implement the recommendations over 2013 and beyond.

Copies of the White Paper can be downloaded from the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.