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Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells today welcomed the appointment of Tony Pearce as the inaugural Inspector-General for Emergency Management.
*Victorian Government Media Release*
- Seasoned professional to monitor emergency management arrangements
- New position part of an historic suite of reforms
- Napthine Government building a safer Victoria
“Mr Pearce has broad experience in emergency management and is widely respected within the sector in Victoria, Australia and internationally,” Mr Wells said.
“He is the former Director General of Emergency Management Australia where he coordinated the Australian Government’s response to numerous domestic and international emergencies, including the Black Saturday fires. This followed extensive Victorian experience working as the Deputy Commissioner in the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner.
“I congratulate Mr Pearce on his appointment and look forward to working positively with him in his new role.”
The Inspector-General is a key part of Victoria’s emergency management reforms, brought about by the Victorian Coalition Government’s White Paper on emergency management.
“The Inspector-General will operate independently of Emergency Management Victoria and progressively monitor the performance of the emergency management sector and identify opportunities for improvement,” Mr Wells said.
“The Inspector-General’s work will help ensure the government and the community have confidence in the state’s emergency management arrangements.”
Mr Wells also thanked Clint Saarinen, who has been acting Inspector-General since 1 July 2014. He will remain in this position until Mr Pearce takes up his position in August.
The Napthine Government’s suite of reforms to emergency management are the most significant in more than 30 years.
“Alongside the creation of Emergency Management Victoria, our reforms will facilitate further interoperability between emergency management agencies and bolster resilience within the community,” Mr Wells said.