The current Monitoring and Assurance Framework for Emergency Management (the framework), developed in partnership with the sector, is the overarching assurance framework for the sector.
The framework contributes to the sector's vision of 'safer and more resilient communities' by supporting continuous improvement and promoting a coordinated sector-wide approach to assurance. It seeks to ensure that lessons from emergencies are identified and turned into sustainable improvements that make a lasting difference for Victorian communities.
Effective 17 October 2018, legislative amendments to the Emergency Management Act 2013 changed the name of the Monitoring and Assurance Framework for Emergency Management to the Assurance Framework for Emergency Management.
Any reference to the Monitoring and Assurance Framework for Emergency Management should be taken to be the Assurance Framework for Emergency Management.
Subject to approval by the Minister for Emergency Services, IGEM will publish a refreshed version of the framework in 2019.
The framework describes at a high-level:
- what assurance is for the sector
- why assurance is important for achieving the sector's vision
- who conducts assurance in the sector
- how assurance is conducted in the sector.
To support the ongoing implementation of the framework, IGEM:
- develops assurance plans to provide more detail on how specified emergency management arrangements will be monitored, reviewed and assessed
- will develop guidance notes to provide further information on good practice assurance and links to tools and resources.
Annual Assurance Summary
Under the Monitoring and Assurance Framework, IGEM prepares an Annual Assurance Summary to highlight Victorian emergency management incidents of note and significant assurance activities for a particular year.
It provides a high-level picture of sector performance, risks and progress against Victoria's emergency management reform agenda.