Our business is emergency management Our outcome goal: reduced impact of major bushfires and other emergencies on people, property and the environment To succeed, we must: Increase the level of preparedness for bushfires and other emergencies Increase community understanding of potential risks and impacts of bushfires and other emergencies Increase the ability of people and communities to respond to and recover from bushfires and other emergencies Increase the ability of ecosystems to recover from destructive natural events  What does success look like? Our targets for 2019–20:  Achieve statewide bushfire risk < 70%

Safer Together delivers an integrated approach to reducing the risk of bushfires and other emergencies to protect people, property and the environment. The department plans and delivers integrated bushfire management and the provision of emergency response across Victoria.

Increase the level of preparedness for bushfires and other emergencies

We will:

  • lead and deliver a community-centred, risk-based approach to reduce the impact of bushfires
  • continuously improve our approach to emergency management, assessing and learning from our performance
  • involve local communities in decision making about bushfire and emergency management year-round
  • work with industry to improve planning and response for energy, water and other emergencies
Outcome measuresResult 18–19Target 19–20
Statewide bushfire risk maintained at or below the target — Phoenix Rapidfire 66% (data still being collated)<70%
Proportion of community-based bushfire management partnerships rated as high functioning New measure80%
Percentage of bushfires contained at first attack and/or under five hectares to suppress bushfires promptly, keep bushfires small and minimise loss92%80%

Increase community understanding of potential risks and impacts of bushfires and other emergencies

We will:

  • engage with local communities to build awareness of bushfires and other emergencies to achieve positive behaviour change
  • share hazard data and risk modelling tools online and through partnerships so that communities can assess their own bushfire risk and develop strategies for action
  • make information on changes to bushfire risk at the state and local level available to communities
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Number of stakeholder and community forums on bushfire management and planned burning 12 12

Increase the ability of people and communities to respond to and recover from bushfires and other emergencies

We will:

  • implement an ‘all communities, all emergencies’ model for emergency management before, during and after an emergency event
  • partner with and support the emergency management sector to build the resilience of communities and the environment
  • realign policies, programs and activities to help build and strengthen community resilience characteristics
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Readiness and response plans completed prior to the upcoming fire season 100% 100%

Increase the ability of ecosystems to recover from destructive natural events

We will:

  • apply appropriate fire regimes to maintain or improve biodiversity
  • maintain a diversity of vegetation communities and growth stages (juvenile, adolescent, mature and old) on public land
  • develop and implement an Aboriginal fire strategy in partnership with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Number of ecological burns conducted 34 40

Page last updated: 29/08/19