The Councils and Emergencies Project is listed in the Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan as ‘Priority B: Enhance the capability and capacity of Local Governments to meet their obligations in the management of emergencies’.

The project’s three-phase approach emphasises consultation with councils and the desirability of partnering with them and the emergency management sector in implementing the priority.

Councils and Emergencies Project Phases

Phase 1: 2016-17

Councils and Emergencies Position Paper

The position paper provides a comprehensive overview of the emergency management responsibilities and activities that councils undertake for the betterment of their local communities. The release of the position paper marks the completion of phase one of the project.

Councils and Emergencies Consultation Report

In support of the position paper, LGV has also released a consultation report which provides an in-depth analysis of the rigorous consultation process that began in 2016. The consultation report highlights key feedback received from the local government and emergency management sectors and how it was used by LGV to inform the development of the position paper.

Councils and Emergencies Directions Paper

The directions paper was released for a period of four months to obtain formal submissions from councils, state government and emergency management agencies. This consultation process was undertaken to inform the development of the position paper.

Phase 2: 2018

LGV will continue to consult with the local government and emergency management sectors as the project progresses through phase two. Phase two involves LGV working with councils to understand their emergency management capability and capacity based upon the Councils and Emergencies Position Paper and the Victorian Emergency Management Capability Blueprint 2015-2025. This assessment will consider the identified needs and risk profile of each individual municipality.

Phase three of the project will develop strategies to address any gaps identified during phase two of the project.

Further information

For more information on this project please contact Esther Daniel.