Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group

The Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group (MEMEG) is a state-level committee of local government and other emergency management agencies.

It supports and advises local government emergency management practitioners and advocates on behalf of the local government sector on emergency management strategy and policy.

Other member organisations include:

  • Municipal councils
  • Local Government Victoria (part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Emergency Management Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Victoria Police.

Secondary Impact Assessment Project

Local government is responsible for the coordination of relief and recovery after an emergency at the municipal level, including Secondary Impact Assessment (SIA). However, currently there are various SIA guidelines and procedures that exist across the Victorian local government sector.

The need to formally consolidate and develop a state wide approach for Victorian local government to coordinate Secondary Impact Assessment has been recognised and recently endorsed by the State MEMEG.

The purpose of the Secondary Impact Project is to develop an overarching framework that outlines the coordination and delivery of Secondary Impact Assessment across the Victorian local government sector.

MEMEG protocols and practice notes

Sourcing supplementary response resources

The Sourcing supplementary response resources practice note (Word - 864KB) clarifies the policy and procedures governing the sourcing of supplementary emergency response resources by response agencies from other councils.

It brings together existing direction and information from the Emergency Management Act 1986, Emergency Management Act 2013 and the Emergency Management Manual Victoria. Municipal resources are defined and the role and responsibilities of the municipal emergency resource officer is clarified.

The practice note was endorsed by the Emergency Management Commissioner in May 2015. It should be discussed by municipal emergency management planning committees and local supplementary resource arrangements should be reviewed.

Standard municipal emergency contact protocol

Councils should consider adopting the Standard municipal emergency contact protocol (Word - 59.1KB) to help simplify the contact process for all stakeholders and alleviate some of the logistical burden of maintaining up-to-date emergency contact lists.

2018 State MEMEG Forum

The 2018 MEMEG Forum was held in Melbourne on 23 August.

For more information, contact the current Chair Helen Napier.