Emergency management - Gippsland
Our responsibilities in Victoria’s emergency management arrangements include the following:
- Community support and recovery. The Department of Human Services is the principal agency for State Recovery Coordination.
- Pre-hospital mass casualty management at incident sites by medical and ambulance services including the deployment of hospital teams.
- Hospital emergency response to a surge in demand for services.
- Public health emergency response, including incident control functions for biological and radiological incidents, and food and water contamination.
In Victoria our emergency management arrangements are based upon the all hazards, all agencies approach. Under this approach, all emergencies, regardless of their cause, are managed through a consistent set of arrangements. This includes health service or hospital capacity to deliver care during incidents and emergencies, and maintain their ability to provide usual hospital services.
The Regional Director, Department of Human Services (DHS) has responsibility for the management of all DHS and DH emergency operations (activities) at a regional level, except where DH is the “control” agency.
The Regional Director, DHS responsibility for the management of DHS and DH emergency operations includes decision on the management and deployment of DHS and DH resources, in the response and recovery phases of an emergency.
Where DH is the control agency (human disease, biological, radiological, food/drinking, water contamination), the Director, Health and Aged Care has the lead for the response phase of emergency operations, working in collaboration with the Regional Director, DHS.
The Regional Director, DHS retains responsibility for the management of DHS and DH operations in the recovery phase, and for cross-government regional recovery coordination.
For further information about emergency management coordination arrangements visit the Emergency management.
To find out more about the environmental health impacts of emergencies visit the Environmental health - emergency management.