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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation theme
Recommendation 16: Cross-border interoperability
Recommendation details

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria works with the emergency management sector and relevant emergency management entities in New South Wales and South Australia to identify and address key cross border operational and resource management issues.

This engagement should aim to enhance interoperability and maximise the capability and capacity of agencies to work together during emergencies along Victoria's borders.


The EMC will continue to strengthen the interests of Victoria through representation on the Commissioners and Chief Officers Strategic Committee in relation to the Arrangement for Interstate Assistance.

Summary of progress

Commissioners and Chief Officers Strategic Committee
The CCOSC of AFAC was established in 2013 to provide jurisdictional consideration and representation of emergency service operational matters focused on interstate and international resource sharing. CCOSC is also a coordinating group for the sharing of jurisdictional resources.

The EMC represents Victoria on CCOSC, which meets formally three times a year.

Arrangement for Interstate Assistance
The Arrangement for Interstate Assistance is a key framework for sharing fire and emergency service resources between Australian states and territories, and New Zealand.

As core doctrine, CCOSC meetings regularly consider a range of matters related to the arrangements.