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Emergencies in Victoria


We work with councils, agencies and the Victorian Government to increase consistency and integration in fire management.

At the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission we represented local government. We coordinated local government’s response to the Commission’s final report recommendations and to the Victorian Government’s implementation strategy.

As part of the State’s response to the 2009 bushfires, neighbourhood safer places (NSPs) were introduced as a last resort bushfire shelter option. We developed guidance and planning documents to support councils’ role to identify and designate NSPs and worked with government departments and agencies to develop land-use consent protocols.

We also represented councils throughout the State’s community fire refuges pilot project which resulted in three fire refuges operating over the 2013–14 fire season.

Recent MAV submissions include responses to the Victorian Government’s Fire services' property levy options paper (2011) and Bushfire shelter options discussion paper (2013).

Find more information on our policy work and resources on fire management.


We are working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to influence the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy. We are also a member of the Project Control Board for the Melbourne Flood Strategy.

We made a submission to the draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy (2014) on behalf of local government. We also made submissions to the Victorian review of 2010 – 2011 flood warnings and response State Parliament Environment and Natural Resources Committee's Inquiry into Flood Mitigation Infrastructure in Victoria.

Read more on our policy work and resources on flood management.


Our advocacy has a focus on the role local government would play in the event of a pandemic.

We worked with councils and the Department of Health and Human Services on resources and plans to clarify the role of councils in a pandemic.

For information about pandemic influenza, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.