Victoria’s emergency management sector has released its newly created Resilient Recovery Strategy which aims to build more meaningful community involvement, more effective partnerships and stronger recovery arrangements.

The Resilient Recovery Strategy is the culmination of many reviews, inquiries and reports focussing on Victoria’s recovery systems and extensive collaboration between community and recovery practitioners including state government departments and agencies, municipal councils, NGOs, communities and community organisations, individuals and the private sector.

The strategy was developed through extensive consultation at local, regional and state levels. 

This included a series of eight regional workshops conducted in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Nearly 400 participants attended these workshops from a range of backgrounds and expertise to share their living experiences and knowledge of recovery.

The strategy positions Victoria to better address the consequences and economic impacts of emergencies. It hopes to guide reform of the sector to enable state government to improve processes and accountabilities, better support local government in the delivery of recovery services and to support communities in their recovery. 

The Resilient Recovery Strategy identifies four strategic actions that promote a shared responsibility approach to emergency management and the importance of recovery planning. They are:

  1. Deliver a people and community centred recovery. A community-centred approach ensures government and those delivering recovery services partner with community and allow people to play a greater role in their recovery.
  2. Strengthen recovery through better emergency management planning. By bringing community into the planning process before an emergency, and drawing on community involvement after an emergency, recovery activities will be able to better reflect community needs and values.
  3. Streamlined and flexible recovery system. Improving operating processes and providing clearer, more-timely resourcing for recovery will ensure recovery services and supports are delivered in a more coordinated and effective way.
  4. Support the recovery workforce. This strategy aims to better connect and enhance existing support and wellbeing programs across the sector to ensure appropriate wellbeing support for all people working in recovery.

The strategy aims to build on and complement existing initiatives and work in the sector that will enhance recovery outcomes and build resilience for Victorians. EMV will continue to work with our stakeholders and partners in the development of the implementation plan into 2020.

The Resilient Recovery Strategy can be downlaoded online here https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/how-we-help/resilient-recovery-strategy