Protocol for inter-council resource sharing
In association with the Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group (MEMEG), 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 (Word - 121KB). The protocol is intended to clarify operational, insurance and reimbursement issues that may arise through municipal resource-sharing arrangements.
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 are asked to recommit to the protocol every four years. They can opt in or out of the protocol arrangements at any time by notifying us in writing and providing 30 days’ notice.
The current protocol (Version 2) will be superseded in February 2021 by Version 3 (Word - 271KB). The list of signatories will be updated after this date.
To assist with the response to the 2019-20 bushfires in east Gippsland and north east Victoria, the MAV established a Human Resource Sharing Database to log offers of assistance from the local government sector. It is intended to only activate the use of the database in major emergencies to facilitate resource sharing.
MAV Human Resource Sharing Database link:
Councils that are currently signatories are formally indicating their support for the principles of the protocol.Under the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997, the board of an alpine resort is deemed to be a municipal council for the purposes of the Emergency Management Act (1986). Therefore alpine resorts are eligible to be signatories to the protocol.