The emergency management sector has made a real commitment to better understand its capacity and capability, to achieve its goal of safer and more resilient communities. Local governments are a critical partner in the delivery of emergency management in Victoria and the Councils and Emergencies Project provides a unique opportunity for local governments and the sector to evaluate and address gaps in their emergency management capacity and capability.

The Councils and Emergencies project is a multi-year, three phased project that aims to enhance the emergency management capability and capacity of local governments to meet their obligations in the management of emergencies. It is listed as one of the state-wide strategic priorities within the Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan following initial recognition in the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report.

Image describing the aim of each Councils and Emergencies Project Phases

Councils and Emergencies Project Phases

This was undertaken in consultation with Victorian councils’ and the wider emergency management sector.

Councils and emergencies directions paper

Published in January 2017, the Directions Paper was developed using feedback from initial consultation with councils’ and the emergency management sector. It identified councils’ emergency management responsibilities and actions (as at Jan 2017) including how they collaborate with each other and with emergency management agencies. The Paper was released for consultation and LGV received formal submissions from councils, state government and emergency management agencies.

Councils and emergencies position paper

Published in December 2017, the position paper provides a comprehensive overview of the emergency management responsibilities and activities councils can undertake for the betterment of their local communities. The position paper identifies 94 emergency management responsibilities and activities councils can carry out before, during and after an emergency. The release of the position paper marked the completion of phase one of the project.

Councils and emergencies consultation report

Published in December 2017, the Consultation Report provides an in-depth analysis of the rigorous consultation process that began in 2016. The consultation report highlights key feedback received from local government and the emergency management sector and explains how it was used by LGV to inform the development of the Position Paper.

Councils and emergencies capability and capacity evaluation report

Published in December 2019, the Evaluation Report provides a comprehensive overview of the emergency management capability and capacity of Victoria’s 79 councils. A list of all evaluation questions can be downloaded in excel here. The findings enable councils to better understand their capability and capacity and support better emergency management planning locally. The report will also support the emergency management sector to better understand councils’ emergency management capability and capacity. The release of the evaluation report marked the completion of phase two of the project.

Councils and Emergencies Capability and Capacity Evaluation Report

Councils and Emergencies Capability and Capacity Evaluation Report

In Phase Three, councils, state government agencies and other emergency management organisations will be engaged to develop strategies and action plans to address the areas for improvement in councils’ emergency management capability and capacity. The Phase Two capability and capacity findings will be used to provide an evidence base for broader emergency management sector reform.

The strategies and action plans developed in Phase Three will align with other sector reforms including the Victorian Preparedness Framework, Emergency Management Planning Reform and Resilient Recovery Strategy that aim to build safer, more resilient communities. The findings of Phase Three will be developed into a final report which will be used to produce options to address areas for improvement in the emergency management capability and capacity of councils and of the wider emergency management sector.

Further Information

For more information on this project please contact:

Wayne Buckman
Senior Project Manager - Resilience and Capability
or
Esther Daniel
Senior Project Officer - Resilience and Capability
esther.daniel@delwp.vic.gov.au
or

LGV.emergencies@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 20/12/19