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The opportunity now is for individuals communities

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The opportunity now is for individuals, communities, agencies, government, academia and business now have the opportunity to engage with and discuss the model within your networks and to think creatively and share your ideas and views by making a submission. I look forward to the discussion and engagement over the coming months and to work together to co-create a resilient recovery model for the future. The opportunity to reform relief and recovery has never been greater. Craig Lapsley, PSM Emergency Management Commissioner, Victoria 4
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Introduction Since 2009, the Victorian Government has committed to reform the State’s emergency management arrangements to create safer and more resilient communities. Significant work has been undertaken to develop sustainable and efficient emergency management preparedness and response arrangements that reduce the likelihood, effect and consequences of emergencies. The current emergency management relief and recovery arrangements have been in place for many years and are largely based on the goodwill and collaboration of many partners. In Victoria, numerous reviews, inquiries and reports have identified the need for reform to our relief and recovery arrangements. In response, specific improvements have been made, however until now the relief and recovery system has not been comprehensively reviewed. The absence of a cohesive strategy for relief and recovery in Victoria has resulted in a lack of coordination, consistency and community engagement across recovery programs and activities following an emergency. Additionally, insufficient recovery planning prior to an emergency has meant that delayed and improvised arrangements are put in place afterwards which often do not meet community needs and expectations. Victoria does not have sustainable and effective relief and recovery arrangements for the future. The development of a modern, resilience-based relief and recovery system for Victorian communities is needed. We require a model that moves arrangements from welfare to wellbeing, disconnected activities to connected systems and services, unclear roles and responsibilities to agreed accountabilities, inconsistent capability to collaborative partnerships, and disparate to sustainable funding arrangements. This new way of thinking about recovery has been developed through our evolving knowledge and understanding of resilience, including through the interim Community Resilience Framework for Emergency Management in Victoria. The concept of resilient recovery, introduced in this paper, challenges our current arrangements and for the first time provides a pathway from recovery to resilience. A resilient recovery supports individuals, families and communities to be healthy and safe, engage in and lead their recovery, to be able to live, work and connect within their community, and to identify opportunities for growth, renewal and innovation. The proposed Resilient Recovery Model connects community systems and networks to plan for and support community
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