Bushfires, floods, storms and other hazards can have significant impacts on communities, the economy, our environment and essential services, including water and wastewater services.
Victoria’s current emergency management arrangements are set out in the Emergency Management Act 1986, supported by the Emergency Management Manual Victoria (EMMV). Together these documents establish the “all hazards, all agencies” approach underpinning Victoria’s emergency management arrangements.
The EMMV nominates the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) as the Control Agency for a range of emergencies including the disruption to water and wastewater services and for the safety of dams in Victoria.
In order to meet its obligations under the EMMV, DEPI has developed a suite of emergency management documents to help mitigate the impact of these events.
For more information on dam safety and emergency incidents, please see section on dam safety management.
Water Security and Continuity Network (Water SCN)
DEPI works with support agencies and relevant organisations in managing such incidents. In particular, DEPI works in close partnership with water corporations to maintain public safety and the continuity of supply of essential water and wastewater services.
The Water SCN provides an “all hazards” planning forum for water corporations and DEPI to share ideas, identify emerging issues and agree on improved practices.
For more information, see the Terms of Reference:Terms of Reference - Water SCN (PDF~34.1kB)Terms of Reference - Water SCN (DOC~33.5kB)