VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide this Submission to the Review of the Vulnerable people in emergencies policy Discussion Paper.
The review is an important step in improving emergency management policies to better meet the needs of people who may be additionally vulnerable in an emergency.
To help inform this submission, VCOSS convened a consultation forum for more than 35 community and social service organisations to provide feedback on:
- the role of community organisations in emergencies
- the impact and effectiveness of the Vulnerable people in emergencies policy
- key challenges faced by organisations in implementing the Policy
- ideas for the future development of the Policy.