Emergency Management Victoria

EMV plays a key role in implementing the Victorian Government’s emergency management reform agenda and supports the Emergency Management Commissioner, who has overall responsibility for coordination before, during and after major emergencies including the management of consequences of an emergency. Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) operate under EMV and play an extremely important role in the safety of boaters around Victoria’s coastline, out at sea, and in many of our inland waterways.

  • 19 Australia Volunteer Coast Guard flotillas
  • 7 Independent MSAR units
  • 4 Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • 1 State Emergency Service unit

EMV shares responsibility with a range of agencies, organisations and departments, for ensuring the system of emergency management in Victoria is sustainable, effective and community focused.

Mental health and wellbeing

EMV is focused on providing support to the emergency management sector with mental health and wellbeing promotion, prevention and early intervention, and improving access to support services for emergency workers and volunteers.

Collaborating with ESF

Each agency has a valuable role to play in the mental health and wellbeing of their people, but the value of sector wide collaboration is integral to bringing real transformation, long lasting and meaningful change. EMV and ESF have a critical role in facilitating Victoria’s input into Australia’s first mental health plan for emergency service workers: 2021 – 2024, as well as ensuring effective outcomes for our emergency services workforce and volunteers. 


EMV: 8685 1355 (M-F during business hours) or admin@emv.vic.gov.au