Over the years Victoria has faced a range of large-scale disasters which have tested the state’s emergency management arrangements.
Reviews such as the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and the Review of the 2010-11 Flood Warnings and Response have highlighted the severity of impacts on communities, and in particular communities and individuals with social vulnerabilities.
This report assesses Victoria’s emergency management sector arrangements for identifying, preparing and protecting high-risk communities. This includes identification of opportunities for improvement in line with leading practice.
In this review, high-risk focuses on communities and individuals that face both social vulnerabilities and high hazard risk (natural hazards and structural fires), meaning they require additional consideration and support for emergencies.
The report makes observations, findings, and four recommendations to improve management of the impact of emergencies on particular communities, including those that are vulnerable or at risk.
Government released and responded to this report on 14 October 2019.
Read the full response: emv.vic.gov.au