A hazard is a source of potential harm. A hazard event is another term for emergency.

Some assurance activities examine system-wide risks that span across multiple hazard types, including reviews into the emergency management functions of sector organisations.

Examples of such assurance activities include the Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector and the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.

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Publish year Assurance activity Summary Organisation
2020 Emergency risks in Victoria (External link) A report into the results of Victoria’s State-level emergency risk assessment completed in November 2017 with updated information about Victoria’s significant emergency related risks, including a comparison of their severity, and the institutional arrangements in place to manage these risks. Victorian Government
2020 Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan Update #3 2018–21 - Progress Update 2019 (External link) An assessment of the state's implementation progress of the SAP Update #3 2018–21. The SAP is a rolling plan that outlines statewide strategic priorities, with corresponding actions, to support Victoria in achieving its vision of safer and more resilient communities. Inspector-General for Emergency Management
2020 Planning and capability requirements for catastrophic and cascading disasters - final project report (External link) A three-year research project focusing on the nature of catastrophic disasters in the Australian context, frequency of such disasters, most appropriate practices to plan and prepare for them, and how businesses and community organisations can best be incorporated into planning and preparedness arrangements for catastrophic disasters. This research finds that disaster planning and risk reduction are not effectively implemented within Australia and that planning is being inhibited by cultural, knowledge and resource constraints dominated by reactive response-oriented approaches by emergency services. It also identifies the need for a collective national view of future capability requirements to inform investment. The outcomes of this research were presented as evidence to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
2020 VICSES Community Resilience Strategy Year Three Outcomes Report (External link) A report presenting key highlights, activities and outcomes for VICSES from implementing the Strategy in 2018-2019 and the KPIs to measure achievement against the strategic objectives. The report is intended to support continuous improvement of programs and initiatives during the lifetime of the Strategy. Victoria State Emergency Service
2019 VICSES Community Resilience Strategy Year Two Outcomes Report (External link) A report presenting key highlights, activities and outcomes for VICSES from implementing the Strategy in 2017-2018 and the KPIs to measure achievement against the strategic objectives. The report is intended to support continuous improvement of programs and initiatives during the lifetime of the Strategy. Victoria State Emergency Service
2019 Review of Victoria’s emergency management sector preparedness for major emergencies (External link) A system-wide review identifying opportunities to enhance Victoria’s sector preparedness for major emergencies exploring possible pathways for Victoria to strengthen preparedness for major emergencies that recognise and reflect the current emergency management arrangements. This review identified preparedness as a shared responsibility and applies to all stages of prevention, response and recovery; and guided by risk. Inspector-General for Emergency Management
2019 Review of connecting and collaborating with the private sector and community organisations (External link) A system-wide review considering how the emergency management sector connects and collaborates with private sector and community organisations across the broad areas of governance, mitigation and resilience building, and response and recovery. The review considered the purposes for which collaboration is required now and in the future, and identified challenges relevant to sector organisations in connecting and collaborating. Inspector-General for Emergency Management
2019 VICSES Community Resilience Strategy Year Two Outcomes Report (External link) A report presenting key highlights, activities and outcomes for VICSES from implementing the Strategy in 2017-2018 and the KPIs to measure achievement against the strategic objectives. The report is intended to support continuous improvement of programs and initiatives during the lifetime of the Strategy. Victoria State Emergency Service
2019 Critical Infrastructure Resilience - 2018 Report (External link) A report detailing IGEM’s transition from monitoring implementation of critical infrastructure resilience arrangements to assessing their efficiency and effectiveness. Inspector-General for Emergency Management
2019 Review of impact assessment and consequence management (External link) A system-wide review exploring the impact assessment and consequence management arrangements in the sector, and identifying opportunities to ensure the arrangements aligned with performance expectations, leading practice, and intended community outcomes based on observations and findings from emergency events in Victoria, including the 2018 South West fires. Inspector-General for Emergency Management