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Capability improvement

We are supporting and developing programs, activities, sustainable tools and resources to build the capability of councils in performing their emergency management role.

Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group

We are a member of the Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group (MEMEG), a state-level committee of local government and emergency management agencies.

The group supports and advises local government emergency management practitioners, and advocates on behalf of local government in emergency management strategy and policy.

MEMEG has developed a number of practice notes including:

Read more information about the Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group.

Emergency Management System – Crisisworks

Our statewide IT solutions for incident management project has resulted in MECC Central emergency management software being adopted by 74 councils. This has built greater resilience and capacity within Victorian local government to support emergency management.

The project has been recognised with a commendation in the 2012 Resilient Australia Awards (Victoria).

The Crisisworks software, developed by Datalink Internet Systems, is a web-based system that interacts with mobile devices and mapping. It also enables improved task tracking, resource management, record management and financial reporting, reducing the reliance on paper-based systems.

Read more information about Crisisworks.

Resource Sharing Protocol

We developed the protocol for inter-council emergency management resource sharing in association with MEMEG.

This protocol facilitates an agreed position among councils regarding the provision of municipal resources to assist other councils with response and recovery tasks during and after emergencies.

Most Victorian councils are now signatories.

Read more about the resource sharing protocol.

Collaborative Emergency Management Report

The MAV and Local Government Victoria commissioned an independent analysis of the benefits and costs of collaborative approaches to emergency management by councils.

The analysis found that local government collaborations contribute to better outcomes for the community during and after emergencies, and concludes that the net financial cost to councils of emergency management collaborations should be seen as a marginal cost with the potential to deliver substantial long-term benefits to councils, communities and other stakeholders.

The report explores a range of benefits, key factors for success and lessons identified through a review of three existing collaborations between councils on emergency management.

Read the Collaborative emergency management: Costs and benefits for local government report (Word - 3.70MB).

Evaluation of the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program

The Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program (MERP) provides targeted funds to rural, regional and peri-urban councils across the state. The program’s current round of funding was evaluated to provide an evidence base for designing the next round of MERP funding. This included understanding how effectively MERP has supported councils, the opportunities for improvement, and how emergency management capability and capacity can be more broadly supported within local government.

Read the findings in the MERP evaluation report (Word -1.41MB).

Financial Management of Emergencies

The MAV developed a Financial Management of Emergencies Guide (Word - 139KB) to strengthen the ability of Victorian councils to manage their organisation’s financial sustainability during and following an emergency event within the municipality.

The guide includes recommended processes for tracking expenditure, advice on funding arrangements and recommendations relating to procurement and financial delegations.

Emergency Management Cluster Pilot Project for Councils

The Emergency Management Cluster Pilot Project for Councils was initiated by the MAV in recognition of the need for a sustainable resource sharing model for emergency management purposes within Victorian local government. The project aims to build greater capacity and resilience within councils and strengthen their emergency management capabilities.

The MAV was funded through the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS) to run this project, with four participating councils and the MAV providing a matching in-kind contribution. The City of Greater Bendigo, and the Loddon, Campaspe and Mount Alexander shires comprise the pilot cluster of councils.

During year 1 of the project, the MAV worked with the participating councils to develop a governance model, culminating in the council CEOs signing a Memorandum of Understanding to pilot the model. In 2014/15, the four councils will pilot the collaboration in specific areas of emergency management, ranging from risk assessment and emergency management planning through to relief and recovery.

Local Government Emergency Management Handbook

In conjunction with the Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group we redeveloped the Municipal emergency management orientation kit, first published in 2004.

The new document is called the Local government emergency management handbook (Word - 1.3MB).

It provides local government emergency practitioners with a resource that covers:

  • orientation and induction for staff new to municipal emergency management
  • model position descriptions for recruitment of key municipal emergency management roles
  • professional development for staff with emergency management roles.

This project received funding from the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme which is administered in Victoria by the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner.

Local Government Emergency Management E-library

We developed a secure online resource that enables municipal emergency management practitioners to access and share tools and documents.

It also provides a forum that enables practitioners to engage with colleagues in other councils to discuss emergency management topics and seek advice.

For more information, email the MAV's emergency management team on

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