Emergency management

Councils play an important role in Victoria’s emergency management arrangements. They facilitate emergency management planning at the local level and are responsible for coordinating relief and recovery support for affected communities. They also have a long-established role in providing support to response agencies.

The MAV supports councils to undertake their roles and responsibilities through advocacy, guidance and practical assistance. We also represent local government on state-level committees and working groups.

Current priorities

We currently have a particular focus on defining the role of councils in emergency management, and are seeking to resolve long-standing funding issues including the natural disaster funding arrangements.

To support this work, we worked with the sector to develop an updated position paper on the role of councils in emergency management (PDF - 247KB) that was endorsed by the MAV Board in June 2022.

We will also continue to represent councils at the state level as the Victorian Government continues to reform the emergency management arrangements.

Our immediate priorities include working with State agencies and representing councils on the following projects.

Submissions, briefs and position papers

We develop and form a collective local government sector view on a range of emergency management topics. Our recent submissions include:

To access all our emergency management-related submissions, visit the MAV submissions page.

Committees and reference groups

We represent local government on numerous high-level advisory and reference groups, including the:

  • State Crisis and Resilience Council – Victoria’s peak crisis and emergency management advisory body
  • Emergency Management Joint Public Information Committee
  • EMV Planning Reform Interdepartmental Committee
  • Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group
  • State Emergency Management Team
  • State Relief and Recovery Team
  • State Fire Management Planning Committee
  • Bushfire Risk Mitigation Committee.

We also convene committees and working groups as required, to help inform our work and build capacity within the sector, including the MAV Emergency Management Committee.


Other reports and guides

Further information

Engage with us

Subscribe to our Emergency Management quarterly bulletin to keep informed about local government environment-related news and events.

For more information about our emergency management policy work, contact:

Emma Lake
Manager Climate Futures and Resilience
(03) 9667 5532