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 capability and capacity of councils to meet their emergency management obligations. 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.
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 Directions Paper PDF, 2931.8 KB
- Councils and Emergencies Directions Paper DOCX, 545.98 KB
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.
Phase Three commenced in 2021. During the Phase, 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 outcomes 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 multi-year action plan containing a list of prioritized projects that will enhance the capability and capacity of councils' in emergency management.