New Victorian Emergency Management Authority

March 20, 2018

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The new Victorian Emergency Management Authority will be a combination of over 40 current agencies streamlined into a central authority.

Victorian Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan has previously stated that the reform will create a genuine all-hazards, all-agencies approach and improve emergency management, with a strong emphasis on risk mitigation.

This new authority will streamline agencies such as the State Emergency Service, Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Department of Sustainability and Environment plan and work together.

For the first time, one authority will oversee response and management for natural disasters and emergencies, from preparation through to response and recovery, Mr Ryan and Premier Ted Baillieu have both previously said.

A new emergency management commissioner will oversee the disaster response and assume the operational responsibilities of the current Fire Services Commissioner.

A new state crisis and resilience council will also be established as the peak body responsible for developing and co-ordinating emergency management policy and overseeing its implementation. A new inspector-general for emergency management will monitor the states emergency management services.

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