In association with the Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group we identified a need to determine an agreed position between councils regarding the provision of resources to assist other municipalities with response and recovery tasks during and after emergencies.
This led to the development of a protocol for inter-council emergency management resource sharing. The protocol is intended to clarify operational, insurance and reimbursement issues that may arise through municipal resource-sharing arrangements.
All councils were invited to provide input to a draft version of the protocol in October 2006.
In developing the protocol, we consulted the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner, Civic Mutual Plus (now Liability Mutual Insurance), WorkSafe Victoria and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority.
The protocol is consistent with the concepts and policy guidelines articulated in the Emergency Management Act 1986 and the Emergency management manual Victoria. It has been endorsed by the MAV Board.
Council adoption of the protocol is voluntary. It is not intended to inhibit or diminish the effectiveness of any existing inter-council resource sharing arrangement. Councils should review any existing arrangements to ensure that issues identified in this protocol are addressed.
Councils can opt in or out of the protocol arrangements at any time by notifying us in writing.
Councils that are currently signatories are formally indicating their support for the principles of the protocol: