What does Local Government Victoria do in emergency management?

The Local Government Victoria (LGV) Emergencies Team works across municipal, regional and state tiers to support councils to meet their legislative and community emergency management responsibilities and delivers projects and initiatives that build the capability, capacity and resilience of local governments before, during and after emergencies.

Through three target areas the Local Government Emergencies Team seeks to increase the capacity and resilience of local governments in emergency management.

Councils and Emergencies Project

The Councils and Emergencies Project is a multi-year, three-phase project to enhance the capability and capacity of councils to meet their emergency management obligations. The project is listed as a state-wide strategic priority in the Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan, after having initially been identified in the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report.

You can learn more about the project on the councils and emergencies webpage.

To find out what your council is doing in emergency management check out their website or give them a call. Find your councils details on the ‘know your council’ website.

Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program

The program provides funding to 64 councils to improve their emergency management capability and capacity.

To learn more about MERP, visit the MERP webpage.

COVID-19-related grants

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic from 2020 to 2022, LGV has provided funding across 5 different programs to enable councils to support communities and businesses.

To learn move about these programs, visit the Council COVID-19 Grants page.

Support councils at the local, regional and state levels

LGV supports councils to work collaboratively to build emergency management capability, capacity and resilience.

To gain a better understanding of collaboration in emergency management and to find out about Victoria's wider emergency management arrangements, visit Emergency Management Victoria’s website.

If you would like more information on Local Government Victoria’s role in supporting councils in emergency management:

Email: lgv.emergencies@ecodev.vic.gov.au