The Emergency Management Act 2013 (Vic) came into force on 1 July (see ‘New laws come into force’, 7 July 2014). Even thought this is a new Act it is already subject to amendments. The Emergency Management Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Resilience) Bill 2014 (Vic) was introduced to the Victorian Parliament on 5 August 2014 and this Bill will, if passed, amend the 2013 Act to provide for the further development of critical infrastructure resilience.
In short, the Bill will provide for three categories of critical infrastructure, significant critical infrastructure, major critical infrastructure and vital critical infrastructure. Ministers who have responsibility for infrastructure to assess that infrastructure using prescribed ‘criticality assessment methodology’. Once the infrastructure has been assessed it is to be recorded on the Victorian Critical Infrastructure Register that will be maintained by Emergency Management Victoria. The entity responsible for critical infrastructure will be required to ensure that there is a relevant emergency management plan that is audited every 12 months. Relevant officers with emergency management or counter-terrorism responsibilities may access the register to obtain details of the infrastructure and who is responsible for that infrastructure.
The Bill will, if passed, come into force on 1 July 2015 unless proclaimed to commence earlier.