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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
December 2021
IGEM considers that this action is closed with no further activity planned
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 as a priority, develop common incident resourcing principles to maximise deployment and resourcing, along with a fit for purpose safety management system that can integrate information from across agencies.

Summary of progress

Common incident resourcing principles
IGEM’s 2021 progress report noted that detailed standalone Strategic Resource Plans may be implemented for specific incidents depending on the complexity of resourcing required to support operations. Strategic Resource Plans specify that prioritisation occurs in accordance with the existing State Emergency Management Priorities, including protection of life and property, and protection of critical infrastructure. 

EMV advised that no further activity is planned for this part of the action. 

The existing JSOP 3.09 – Resource Request Process guides the process of requesting resources for all major emergencies.

Safety management system 
EMV advised that it no longer intends to create a sector-wide safety management system due to the various employment arrangements of agencies. IGEM notes that the recently established Safety Coordination and Capability Group provides a sector forum to promote a coordinated approach to safety management.