Emergency Management Planning Reform Program

EMV is leading reforms to Victoria's arrangements that apply to emergency management planning at state, regional and municipal levels.

The Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (EMLA Act) was passed through Parliament in August 2018, and will establish a new integrated, comprehensive and coordinated framework for emergency management planning.

A Program Office has been set up by EMV to support the implementation of the new arrangements by 1 December 2020, when the legislation will take effect in full.

Key deliverables to be in place by this date include:

  • Guidelines for preparing the State Emergency Management Plan
  • State Emergency Management Plan
  • Guidelines for preparing State and Regional Emergency Management Plans
  • Regional emergency management plans
  • Draft Guidelines for preparing State, Regional and Municipal Emergency Management Plans (to be issued once the municipal phase takes effect)

The obligation to start preparing Municipal Emergency Management Plans under the new guidelines will take effect on 1 December 2020. Current municipal plans will continue as a transitional measure and a rolling schedule of assurance will be established from 2021. 

Three significantly different regions were used in a ‘proof of concept’ phase to test the development of a regional plan and refine the guidelines content. The three regions included Barwon South West, Loddon Mallee and Southern Metro. 

It is important to note that nothing is changing immediately. Existing arrangements continue to apply until we progressively transition to the new arrangements.

The emergency management planning resource library provides useful resources to inform emergency management planning. 

For more information on the reform program, contact emergencyplanning@emv.vic.gov.au (External link).


Key Messages - EM Planning Reform 

Fact Sheet #1 - EMPR State level planning 

Fact Sheet #2 - EMPR Regional level planning 

Fact Sheet #3 - EMPR Municipal level planning

Fact Sheet #4 - EMPR ESOs and departments 

Fact Sheet #5 - EMPR Fire prevention planning 

Fact Sheet #6 - EMPR New assurance model

Fact Sheet #7 - EMPR Sub-plans and complementary plans