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Economic Recovery and Development

Current Emergencies

The Economic Recovery Unit cannot provide information about current or past emergency events that are not related to the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

For information about a current emergency please go to the VicEmergency website or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Immediate Emergency Assistance and Advice guidelines (PDF 117.8 KB)

Victoria’s Economic Recovery Unit

We are responsible for facilitating and delivering a range of collaborative activities, before, during and after events, defined by the whole of Victorian Government reform emergency management arrangements.

The State Emergency Relief and Recovery Plan identifies three areas that the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is responsible for: economic recovery; agriculture; businesses and local economies.

Economic recovery coordination for businesses and local economies is primarily conducted by Regional Development Victoria (RDV), Small Business Victoria (SBV) and the Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy branch (TEVE).

Regional Programs and Recovery coordinates economic and community recovery program delivery and emergency management responsibilities, including through the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) Recovery Coordination Subcommittee, chaired by the RDV Chief Executive.

RDV is a member of the State Emergency Management Team, working across government and department. RDV regional teams also represent DJPR on Regional Emergency Management Teams and Regional Recovery Committees.

Helping Victorians manage unplanned events

RDV uses its strengths, systems, networks and experience in economic recovery from emergencies to facilitate economic recovery coordination in collaboration with Agriculture Victoria for emergency events related to natural disasters, including protracted blue green algae events, and economic events such as significant milk price cuts and subsequent impacts to dairy communities.


RDV contributes to the whole of government response to drought. For example, in November 2015, the Victorian Government announced a $27 million drought response package targeting drought affected farmers, small businesses and communities.

As part of the package, RDV worked closely with affected councils to bring forward regional development projects to strengthen the economic and social base of drought affected communities.


RDV is equipped and prepared to provide advice and support to communities affected by bushfires. The team’s expertise in community engagement, grant management and stakeholder liaison combined with the knowledge of personnel involved in recovery efforts are critical to providing effective support and advice across government and in communities.

Victorian Government Bushfire Recovery Services Guide (PDF 1.7 MB) (WORD 1.5 MB)

Support for the 2009 Victorian bushfires is ongoing as a range of recovery and memorial projects are finalised.

Blue Green Algae

Another successful recovery program addressed the blue green algae problem through the Blue Green Algae Management Plan.

Dairy industry farmgate price revision

In an economically stressful situation resulting from a drop in farmgate prices paid to farmers. RDV assisted local groups in a range of measures, including; identifying estimated economic impact on ‘beyond farmgate’ supply chain and businesses and facilitating appropriate support measures to assist those businesses.

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