Implementing Emergency Risk Management through the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework

A Guideline for Local​ Government and Emergency Managers

This guideline provides information to assist councils in integrating Emergency Risk Management (ERM) in their planning and strategies for the future.

The guideline should be used when developing Community Strategic Plans and the supporting Delivery Program, Operational Plan, Resource Strategy and other documents required as part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework.

ERM related considerations are inherently already part of councils' planning responsibilities, and this Guideline aims to better link ERM considerations with the priorities and requirements of emergency management agencies. Councils already make a significant contribution to ERM through hazard management programs, such as bushfire, landslide, floodplain, coastal and sea level rise risk management studies, as well as through constraints mapping as part of strategic land use planning processes. This Guideline aims to promote opportunities to enhance and integrate the outcomes from these separate processes into broader council planning processes.

The Guideline can inform a range of ongoing council planning, however its key purpose is to inform the development and implementation of the IP&R process when council:

  • amends or reviews components of the framework, particularly the Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Resource Strategy; and
  • prepares financial statements, annual reports and end of term reports.

For emergency management agencies the Guideline provides information on how ERM and emergency response planning can inform the strategic planning decisions of council.

Who should use this guide​line?

The key audiences for this Guideline are:

  • council officers responsible for the coordination and implementation of the integrated planning and reporting suite of documents
  • council officers responsible for emergency risk management planning and delivery
  • emergency management agencies who wish to engage local councils as partners for the delivery of local emergency management activities.

Full doc​​ument

Current as at December 2012