The Victorian Government is committed to reform the State’s emergency management arrangements to create safer and more resilient communities. This includes the review and redesign of Victoria’s relief and recovery system, as identified through numerous reviews, inquiries and reports.
To develop a strategy for relief and recovery in Victoria, Emergency Management Victoria is proposing three key changes to our current arrangements:
First, individuals and communities will be at the centre of recovery before, during and after emergencies and communities understanding of their needs and values will better inform recovery planning and engagement.
Second, relief and recovery will shift from a set of activities to agreed outcomes across wellbeing, liveability, sustainability, viability and community connection. Focusing on outcomes, aligned with individual and community values, will allow us to be clear about what we are collectively trying to achieve in relief and recovery and what success looks like.
Third, we will approach relief and recovery as a system that has networked policy and programs, governance arrangements and accountabilities, capability and capacity and funding and investment. This approach will allow us to build a system that is integrated, consistent, understood and is adaptive to continual learning and improvement.
Resilient recovery connects community systems and networks to plan for and support:
- Wellbeing – the safety, security, physical and mental health of individuals, families, and their community, including the most vulnerable.
- Liveability – the continuity, restoration and reconstruction of essential services, critical infrastructure and community infrastructure, to enable the functioning of a community.
- Sustainability – the reconnection, re-establishment and integration of local social and economic systems and networks.
- Viability – social and economic systems provide opportunities for growth, renewal and innovation.
- Community connection – Community systems and networks are understood, informed and work together to participate in planning and leading recovery through to long-term community resilience.
The development and implementation of a strategy will ensure that we have a sustainable and effective relief and recovery system for the future.
EMV will spend the next few months consolidating the feedback received from the Discussion Paper into the development of the Resilient Recovery Strategy.
EMV received over 55 responses to the Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery and would like to thank all those who have engaged with the Paper and made a submission. This feedback will be utilised in the development of the Resilient Recovery Strategy.