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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
June 2022
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation theme
Recommendation 14: Shift rostering and fatigue and safety management
Recommendation details

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in consultation with relevant agencies – develop a system to manage personnel and asset deployments to all tiers of incident management to meet the needs of the emergency and support the health and wellbeing of personnel.


Where appropriate and within occupational health and safety requirements, this may include:
a)    standardised shift rosters across agencies and incident management tiers
b)    a single or integrated platform to allow consistent recording of shift times and locations
c)    records of accreditation, qualification, training and currency.


EMV will initiate research into interstate and international rostering and resourcing management arrangements, to identify potential improvements or alternative models to the current Victorian arrangements

Summary of progress

IGEM’s 2021 progress report noted that research and analysis into rostering and resource management arrangements of other jurisdictions would form part of the Operating Model Review being led by EMV. 

The progress summary for 10YOR Action 4.3 provides more information on the review. 

As part of the review, EMV engaged consultants to produce an Emergency Management Operating Model Review Consultation Report (November 2021).  

The consultation report includes extensive research on rostering and resource management arrangements in other jurisdictions to identify potential improvements to current Victorian arrangements and inform stakeholder input to the review. 

For example, the consultation report:

  • benchmarks IMT capacity across comparable jurisdictions 
  • provides case studies and analysis of IMT models and structures in overseas jurisdictions 
  • profiles the use of mobile incident control centres in other jurisdictions 
  • identifies alternative resourcing arrangements (including volunteer resourcing) and business and non-government organisation network models from other jurisdictions.