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Report name
Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria's emergency management sector
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
June 2022
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Recommendation theme
Recommendation 4: Capability development
Recommendation details

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria streamlines the existing suite of work underway to identify gaps in the sector's capability and capacity to deliver a comprehensive sector-wide capability development strategy for operational and strategic personnel – including volunteers – that considers:
a)    all capabilities identified through the Victorian Preparedness Framework and additional strategic emergency management capabilities
b)    all capability development mechanisms (including accreditation, work-based learning, training and exercising).


Identify resourcing, training and professional development needs to enhance leadership and operations managed by the three tiers of command and control within the state’s emergency management arrangements. This will include training and development needed to support ongoing interoperability and resource integration across the sector.

Summary of progress

To deliver 10YOR Action 4.5 and 10YOR Action 4.4, EMV engaged consultants to:

  • review the state’s Incident Management Team (IMT) training and accreditation system and produce a report with findings and recommendations (August 2021) 
  • develop a Training and Development Masterplan that provides a strategic and consistent approach to training and professional development for emergency management personnel (November 2021).  

Both the IMT review and the Training and Development Masterplan draw on consultation conducted with agencies during 2021. The Emergency Management Capability and Capacity Steering Committee (EMCCSC) provides oversight of the project.  

During 2022 EMV consolidated the IMT review and the Training and Development Masterplan into a Learning Reform Action Plan (LRAP). To develop the LRAP, in March 2022 EMV held workshops with subject matter experts to identify and prioritise training deliverables. Further workshops were held in May 2022 to align training courses with emergency management roles. 

The LRAP aims to increase skills and build capability across the emergency management sector, focusing on five key areas: 

  • course development
  • data sharing
  • exercise and simulation delivery
  • leadership, coaching and mentoring development
  • Victorian Emergency Management Institute  enhancements.

EMCCSC members provided feedback on the LRAP and its accompanying communications and engagement plan in June 2022. Following the consideration of this feedback, the LRAP and communications and engagement plan were both endorsed by EMCCSC at its September 2022 meeting. EMV plans to coordinate monthly updates to the EMCCSC on the progress of work completed under the LRAP. 

IMT resourcing is being considered as part of the Emergency Management Operating Model Review led by EMV. Refer to 10YOR Action 4.3 for more information.