On 1 July 2015, the Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2015–2018 was released. The SAP is a three-year rolling plan that outlines state-wide strategic priorities, with corresponding actions, to support Victoria in achieving its vision of safer and more resilient communities. It guides reform, identifies priority actions across government and assists with investment decision making. 43
Upgrading operational communications The Emergency Management Operational Communications Program (the Program) sets out a 10 to 15 year plan to transition over 20 existing operational communication networks into a single, secure, state-wide system and provide broadband data capability by leveraging the commercial telecommunications networks. Victoria currently spends over $150 million annually on dedicated emergency management operational communications. The complexity of existing contracts, technological transitions and a high level of interdependency require detailed planning for the state to effectively strategically source, procure and transition services. The Program aims to deliver significantly greater capability for the sector, largely within the existing funding envelope, by eliminating duplication in operational communications. Centralised governance, delivered through EMV, will ensure joined up operational arrangements and a consistent and coordinated approach to funding, procurement and delivery of the Program. Key achievements for 2014–15 include: Regional radio dispatch service established The full transition of all 16 Country Fire Authority districts to the Regional Radio Dispatch System was completed in August 2014. The new digital system provides significantly more reliable communications between the Triple Zero (000) dispatch service and CFA responders, including improved radio coverage, voice quality and coordination. CFA is now in the process of transitioning its remaining radio operations, including command, to the system. As the network service is a state contract, now known as Regional Mobile Radio (RMR), other agencies will be able to move onto the network over time, subject to funding available for new digital radios and network capacity. Victoria State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria and Sheriff’s Office Victoria are in the process of transitioning operations onto the RMR network after receiving funding in the 2013–14 State Budget. This transition is a key step towards realising the Operational Communications Plan vision of a single, integrated voice and narrowband data network for Victoria. Mobile data network extended The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) and EMV, on behalf of the State, negotiated a two-year extension, with provision for a further two optional one-year extensions, to the existing Mobile Data Network (MDN). The MDN is a data switching network for Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria, providing connectivity between mobile data equipment in the field, their corporate databases, and the call-taking and dispatch environment, enabling the efficient dispatch of emergency service resources to events in the field. The
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