Napthine Government Releases Technology Vision For State’s Emergency Services

• Napthine Government releases Victoria’s Emergency Management Long Term Communications Plan
• Plan builds on significant reforms to emergency management over the past four years
• Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

The Napthine Government has released Victoria’s 2025 technology vision that will shape the future direction of emergency management operational communications.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said Victoria’s Emergency Management Long Term Communications Plan builds on the Napthine Government’s significant reforms to emergency management over the past four years.

“This plan is about continuing to improve Victoria’s communications networks for our emergency services and increasing emergency management response capabilities, particularly in regional Victoria,” Mr Wells said.

“It is absolutely crucial that Victoria’s emergency services personnel have access to the best technology, so they can access the right information at the right time, and this plan outlines how we will implement and achieve this.”

The plan outlines technology enhancements including:

• Regional police and emergency services personnel having access to the same communications capabilities as those based in metropolitan areas;
• High quality broadband data services for all emergency services agencies;
• Improvements to wireless operational communications between personnel on the ground and command;
• Consolidating communications networks to provide a single integrated voice and narrowband network; and
• Greater use of smart devices such as vehicle mounted cameras and drones to capture live footage and mapping images from the field.

“We recognise that Victoria’s needs are changing, and as the demand for emergency services increases each year it is vital that our communications networks keep pace with changing requirements,” Mr Wells said.

Mr Wells said the Coalition Government has already made a substantial contribution to strengthening communications for the emergency services, delivering the $66 million CFA regional radio dispatch service earlier this year.

“This system has been rolled out to all CFA districts across regional Victoria and has significantly reduced the risk of dispatch failures, and improved coordination between emergency services agencies,” Mr Wells said.

“The investment we have made to enhance the CFA’s communications network will build the state’s overall regional communications network.”

Mr Wells said that the plan will guide the important investment decisions that will be made over the next 10 to 15 years.

“Implementation of this plan will further innovate and influence the sector and ensure Victoria is a safer place.”

To view the plan go to www.emv.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Jess Jackson 0437 422 048 jessica.jackson@minstaff.vic.gov.au