Bushfires, floods, storms and other hazards can have significant impacts on communities, the economy, our environment and essential services, including water and wastewater services.

The Emergency Management Manual Victoria (EMMV) nominates DELWP as the Control Agency for a range of emergencies including for blue-green algae incidents, the safety of dams in Victoria, disruption to water and wastewater services, and for non-hazardous pollution of inland waters.

In order to meet its obligations under the EMMV, DELWP has developed a suite of emergency management documents to assist the response to and to mitigate the impact of such events.

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Blue-green algae incidents, dam safety incidents, disruptions to water and wastewater services and non-hazardous pollution to inland waters

Incident Notification Protocol between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Victorian Water Corporations

The Emergency Management Manual Victoria (EMMV) assigns roles to emergency service organisations and other agencies for various types of incidents. Within the EMMV, the DELWP is identified as the control agency for blue-green algae incidents, dam safety incidents, disruptions to water and wastewater services and non-hazardous pollution of inland waters.

It is necessary to have well-practiced set of emergency response arrangements to minimise the risks and manage the consequences of, or threats from such events.

The Incident Notification Protocol between the DELWP and Victorian Water Corporations is part of the broader emergency management response arrangements within the DELWP and the water sector.

The protocol provides an agreed set of response arrangements between Victorian Water Corporations and DELWP for incidents relating to blue-green algae, dam safety, disruptions to water and sewerage services and non-hazardous pollution of inland waters.

The objective of these arrangements is to reduce the impact and consequence of an emergency on people, communities, industry, the economy and the environment.

These arrangements are consistent with State arrangements and other support agencies as outlined in the State Emergency Response Plan contained in the EMMV.

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Page last updated: 12/12/18