According to the independently commissioned LGV/MAV report, the key benefits of council collaboration on Emergency Management (EM) relate to:
- Avoided duplication in: 1) developing and updating documents; 2) being represented jointly on relevant forums.
- Better plans, realised through access to a broader pool of expertise across councils and to more resources (on a council by council basis) to put into plans.
- Consistency and depth of resources: standardised processes, documentation and the experience of working together helps partner councils support each other more effectively in emergencies. Collaboration means they are more familiar with each other’s processes and the wider pool of capacity helps to reduce “burn out” in an emergency.
- Consistency and communication with agencies: reducing the planning burden on agencies and improving overall collaboration between councils and agencies.
- Councils having a unified voice in their representations at state and regional levels.
- Support for EM staff, giving them a broader network of people to question, share experiences with or call on for support. This also improves councils’ ability to retain and share knowledge and expertise.
Ultimately, and most importantly, collaborations were found to contribute to better outcomes for the community during and after emergencies.
The report concludes that the net financial cost to councils of emergency management collaborations are a marginal cost, compared with the potential to deliver substantial long-term benefits to councils, communities and other stakeholders.
Read the full report:
- Collaborative Emergency Management - costs and benefits for local government (PDF, 1.9 MB)
- Collaborative Emergency Management - costs and benefits for local government (DOCX, 3.7 MB)
For more information on LGV's role in supporting local councils in emergency management:
Phone: 03 9948 8511
For more information about Victoria's emergency management arrangements, visit Emergency Management Victoria.