Victoria’s emergency management reform journey takes a significant step forward this month with the commencement of new emergency management arrangements and the establishment of Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).
Over a number of years, Victoria’s emergency management sector has been working together to build the foundations for an emergency management system which is sustainable, effective and delivers the best possible value to the community.
As of 1 July 2014, EMV is the new overarching body for emergency management, coordinating emergency management policy and the implementation of emergency management reform. It will be responsible for coordinating emergency preparation, response and recovery in Victoria and is tasked with ensuring Victoria is fully prepared for future emergencies and able to recover more quickly from their impacts.
EMV will strengthen the way in which Victoria’s emergency management organisations train together, work to common operating standards, share the same operational picture, and use equipment and systems that work together.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells has welcomed the commencement of the new overarching body for emergency management in Victoria.
"The Napthine Government’s White Paper into emergency management acknowledged the need for a central organisation to lead an integrated and sustainable emergency management system in Victoria," Minister Wells said.
"This is about moving towards an all-hazards, all-agencies approach to emergency management in Victoria."
These changes will strengthen Victoria’s ability to build resilience within communities and increase interoperability between emergency management organisations, and represent the first major reforms to emergency management in Victoria for 30 years.
For further information, see the Emergency Management Victoria website.