The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria, in collaboration with the community and emergency management sector:
a) develops and implements a sector-wide outcomes framework that aligns to the strategic and operational elements of all phases of emergency management. The framework must:
• develop emergency management outcomes that reflect the Victorian whole-of-government outcomes
• identify outcome measures and associated indicators
b) provides guidance and support for the sector on how to incorporate emergency management outcomes and measures in emergency management planning, policy development, decision-making and assurance activities.
In addition, Victoria’s Resilient Recovery Strategy details the strategic approach to improving Victoria’s recovery systems, setting agreed recovery outcomes to guide recovery programs, with consideration of local community outcomes and priorities.
IGEM notes this action is an affirmation of an existing Victorian Government strategy.
EMV released the Resilient Recovery Strategy (the strategy) in November 2019 following endorsement from the SCRC and the then Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
The strategy sets agreed outcomes and strategic priorities to guide how the government improves recovery approaches and systems, and supports and empowers councils and the recovery workforce. The strategy is available at emv.vic.gov.au/how-we-help/resilient-recovery-strategy
In April 2021 EMV informed SCRC that emergency events such as the 2019–20 Eastern Victorian Bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic had limited the progress of formal implementation planning for the strategy. Despite this, the strategy had been applied to recovery programs and forums at the state and national level.
EMV advised that continued implementation of the strategy will feature as part of the government’s response to IGEM’s Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season – Phase 2 report (Phase 2 report) and that implementation of the strategy will be reviewed following public release of the Phase 2 report and associated government response.