IGEM’s functions include monitoring and assessing the capacity, capability and performance of the emergency management sector and undertaking system-wide reviews of the state’s emergency management arrangements.

Through the conduct of its assurance activities, IGEM seeks to promote a sector wide culture of continuous improvement.  This includes identifying what is working well, where change is required, and monitoring the implementation of desired changes into practice.

While independent of Emergency Management Victoria and the Emergency Management Commissioner, IGEM works closely with these key entities in reviewing and progressively monitoring the performance of the emergency management sector to identify effective work practices and those areas where improvement is required.

Through ongoing monitoring processes, IGEM also follows-up on the implementation of recommendations and actions arising from the emergency management sector’s operational reviews and other inquiries.  This includes a consideration of the effectiveness of actions implemented and their sustainability in driving improvement in the long-term.

All IGEM activities contribute to building a sustainable and efficient emergency management system that reduces the likelihood, effect and consequence of emergencies on the Victorian community.


What is assurance?

Assurance is an expression or statement designed to increase the confidence of government and the community in the ability of the emergency management system to:

  • plan for

  • respond to

  • recover from emergencies.