Role of State Government

Six Victorian Government departments play important roles in flood management.

  • Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) leads emergency management to strengthen the capacity of communities to plan for, withstand, respond to and recover from emergencies.  [The Emergency Management Manual Victoria contains policy and planning documents for emergency management in Victoria, and provides details about the roles different organisations play in the emergency management arrangements.
  • Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning:
    • Floodplain Management coordinates flood policy and programs through the implementation of the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy and Regional Floodplain Management Strategies.
    • Planning provides statutory and strategic guidance about planning in Victoria.
  • Department of Health and Human Services develop and deliver policies, programs and services that support and enhance the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.
  • Victoria State Emergency Service coordinates flood response planning, and is the control agency during significant floods and storms.
  • Victoria Police leads disaster control and coordination.
  • Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates building and plumbing practitioners.  In partucularly, the VBA administers the Building Regulations, which includes buildings within areas liable to flooding.

The Victorian Government's roles in flood management are briefly outlined below.

  • Ensure adherence to State flood policy, best practice processes and proper investment of government resources.
  • Facilitate land use planning measures to reduce the future growth of flood risk and flood damages.
  • Support and assist communities in the implementation of appropriate flood mitigation works to reduce the risk of flooding to existing development, where the works are cost effective and address a significant flood risk.
  • Encourage and facilitate the implementation of total flood warning system services and emergency management programs to reduce the residual risk of flooding to life, health and safety, and damages caused by flooding.
  • Ensure that relevant flood information is available to promote community awareness and facilitate decision making.
  • Provide resources during significant floods and storms to assist communities in reducing flood risk and human suffering.
  • Provide financial assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
  • Provide for the conservation of natural resources and environmental values of State significance.
  • Develop State legislation, policy and standards for flood management, and provide input to national flood management policy.

Flood and floodplain management, in the broad context of emergency management, is described in Learn about Flooding page of this website.

Go to the Contacts page on this website for contact details.

Page Last Updated: Tuesday 6 March, 2018