Recent events such as the 2019-20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the sector’s reliance on critical employees to support emergency management operations and ability to surge workforce resources as needed in the event of a prolonged disruption or emergency incident.

Examples of past reviews examining human resource capabilities and capacity to support emergency management operations include, Managing Emergency Services Volunteers and Review of incident management teams: accreditation and rostering.

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Publish year Assurance activity Summary Organisation
2023 After the Fires: The impacts of the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires on the wellbeing of emergency services personnel who responded to the fires (External link) After the Fires investigated the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires on emergency services personnel, to address key gaps in knowledge about how to foster resilience and coping, and investigate how to deliver effective support for mental health and wellbeing to Australian bushfire first responders Academia
2023 Fire Services Implementation Monitor FY 2022–23 Annual Report (External link) Third annual report that summarises progress against each of the remaining 39 actions in the Year Two to Five Plan, it comments on the progress of the four recommendations in Year Two annual report, and provides one additional recommendation to improve the focus of reform activities Fire Services Implementation Monitor
2023 Behind the Frontline: Vicarious Trauma Amongst Support Staff in Victoria’s Emergency Management Sector (External link) An examination of how vicarious trauma may be impacting support staff working in Victoria’s emergency management sector and recommendations for best practices for supporting them Independent
2023 Champions of Change Fire and Emergency 2022 Progress Report (External link) Fire and Emergency Champions of Change Group’s fifth progress report, providing a snapshot update on actions taken, and outcomes achieved against gender equality priorities. This is the first report that provides a five year review of progress on women’s representation in the sector, including in frontline service delivery roles, documenting the progress that has been made since the Group first reported in 2018. Independent
2023 Support needs of family members of emergency services volunteers (External link) A study conducted to better understand the support needs of family members of emergency services volunteers, its findings will be translated to inform the development of a suite of initiatives to support the families of volunteers. Independent
2022 Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority Capability and Service Review: Final Report (External link) A review that responds to concern around the effectiveness of ESTA’s capability and capacity to deliver consistent Triple Zero (000) services across Victoria, it considered all aspects of ESTA’s operating model and assessed the agency's capabilities against the core services it delivers. The review made 20 recommendations which the Victorian Government supported in principle. Independent
2022 Emergency Services Workforce 2030 (External link) A consolidated overview of emerging workforce challenges and opportunities likely to face emergency service organisations over the coming decade, this report presents a high-level summary of key trends and developments highlighted in research from beyond the emergency management sphere. It identifies potential implications of these trends and developments for the future emergency service workforce. Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
2022 Volunteering and Australia's crisis resilience (External link) An analysis of the ways volunteers contribute to crisis resilience in Australia, it examines volunteers in emergency management, and their inclusion in current national disaster arrangements. It concludes by highlighting key drivers of change in the sector, and suggesting measures to improve effectiveness and safety across crisis prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery, and to preserve volunteer efforts in crisis resilience in Australia. Independent
2022 Final Report of the Independent Review into Workplace Equality in Ambulance Victoria (External link) Volume II of the Final Report examines the experience of workers across the employment life-cycle and proposes strategies designed to embed equality into the culture, systems, policies and practices of the organisation so that Ambulance Victoria can become a safer, more equal, fair and inclusive workplace for all. The report makes 19 recommendations to address systemic barriers, fill gaps in policies and procedures, and improve individual and organisational capability to deliver, measure and monitor workplace safety and equality outcomes. Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
2022 Business Continuity during COVID-19 (External link) An examination of all eight Victorian Government departments - plus IT provider Cenitex - on their preparation for a major disruption prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and if plans were effectively implemented to maintain prioritised services during the pandemic. Victorian Auditor-General's Office