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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
September 2020
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation theme
Recommendation 12: Regional tier of control
Recommendation details

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in collaboration with the emergency management sector and as part of the emergency management planning reforms:
a)    review, update and confirm arrangements for all tiers of control, including the flexible application of areas of operations, with a particular focus on the triggers for activation, integration with other tiers of control and clearly defined roles and responsibilities
b)    exercise these arrangements to ensure they are appropriate and familiar during emergencies.


The SEMP incorporates command and control arrangement flexibility to enable a more agile response to concurrent and compounding emergencies.

Summary of progress

SCRC approved the first Victorian SEMP on 10 September 2020 (refer to Action 2.1 on page 33 of IGEM's 2021 progress report). EMV published the SEMP on its website on 30 September 2020: emv.vic.gov.au/responsibilities/semp (External link).

Victoria's emergency management sector operates under the Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS) principle of flexibility. The SEMP outlines arrangements for emergency mitigation, response and recovery, including flexible command and control arrangements. Table 5 in the SEMP outlines various transfer of control scenarios, including in the event of concurrent emergencies.