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Victorian Budget 22/23

Responding to emergencies

Devastating bushfires, floods and natural disasters have highlighted how important it is that our state is prepared, connected and resourced to deliver quick and efficient emergency response.

Ambulance on regional road

This Budget ensures the safety of all Victorians by supporting the capacity of our emergency service operators and workforce to look after us, in times of need.


  • $26 million for the maintenance of VICSES facilities and replacement of vehicles reaching end-of-life, and extra support for volunteers to deal with complex people and behaviours. And a further $2.7 million to deliver VICSES volunteer training and professional development programs
  • $10 million to deliver energy resilience solutions such as microgrids to targeted locations that are exposed to power outages due to bushfires and extreme weather
  • $2.4 million to continue to support the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program for the Victorian community to reduce the risk of powerlines starting bushfires.


  • $9.4 million to rebuild public roads and ensure the security of energy supply networks in communities affected by the June 2021-22 flood and storm event
  • $714,000 to continue recovery social support services to communities affected by the June 2021 flood and storm events.


  • $42 million to support our Forest Fire Operation Officers to deliver frontline firefighting and planned burning to reduce bushfire risk across the state
  • $36 million to support the State Control Centre’s 24-hour operations capability, workforce delivery, data analytics and digital infrastructure
  • $11 million to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) for volunteer driver training, licensing and related emergency vehicle fleet.

Reviewed 01 May 2022


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