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:
For emergency management agencies the Guideline provides information on how ERM and emergency response planning can inform the strategic planning decisions of council.
The key audiences for this Guideline are:
Current as at December 2012