Infrastructure Projects

The Emergency Services Infrastructure Authority (ESIA) is responsible for the effective, efficient, timely and transparent delivery of Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) and Life Saving Victoria (LSV) built infrastructure projects and Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) sector vessels.

ESIA engages specialist staff with building and construction backgrounds, bringing together project management and procurement expertise to ensure that facilities are delivered efficiently and fit-for-purpose, resulting in better supported and connected emergency services.

Modern and appropriate facilities not only support the emergency services in their vital work for all Victorians, but contemporary services help sustain and encourage volunteerism within the community.

Project rollout

12 in planning
3 in progress
0 completed
15 total projects
$35m investment*

* Includes current investments from Victorian Government and other contributors where applicable  

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) provides emergency assistance to minimise the impact of emergencies and strengthen the community’s capacity to plan, respond and recover, when emergencies occur.

Established in 1950, VICSES operates under the Victoria State Emergency Act 2005, and is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami, earthquake and landslide emergencies throughout Victoria. VICSES also provides the largest road rescue network in Australia, with specialist teams in 102 of their 149 units across the state.

VICSES provides emergency assistance to thousands of Victorians every year, and plays an important role in supporting other emergency services in search and rescue operations, as well as during fire and other emergency incidents.

ESIA is responsible for managing the delivery of high-quality built infrastructure projects on behalf of VICSES, for units across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Project list

Project rollout

6 in planning
5 in progress
2 completed
13 total projects
$65.7m investment*

* Includes current investments from Victorian Government and other contributors where applicable  

Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV) mission is to prevent aquatic related death and injury in all Victorian communities, with a vision that all Victorians learn water safety, resuscitation and how to swim, and be provided with safe aquatic environments and venues.

Established in 2002, through the merger of Surf Life Saving Victoria and the Royal Surf Life Saving Society Australia Victoria Branch, LSV has 32,000 volunteer members.

Through considered planning and engagement with key stakeholders, and with the support of local government and coastal
managers, improved lifesaving facility design and functionality will lead to a reduction in the risk of drowning, as well as increased
community engagement and greater inclusiveness.

It will also provide a facility that stands the test of time aesthetically, structurally and environmentally.

Lifesaving Facility of the Future provides a guide to redevelopment and facility design for lifesaving facilities, which aim to ensure a sustainable and vibrant lifesaving club and active and engaged membership now and for the future.

ESIA oversees, guides and supports the delivery of LSV built infrastructure projects throughout Victoria, to ensure they are on-time and on-budget.

Project list

Project rollout

3 in planning
6 in progress
16 completed
25 total projects
$6.4m investment*

* Includes current investments from Victorian Government and other contributors where applicable  

Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) units across the state play an important role in the safety of boaters around Victoria’s coastline, out at sea, and in many of our inland waterways.

MSAR is made up of more than 800 volunteers, with rescues ranging from assisting sinking vessels, responding to vessels in distress and with other mechanical problems, to vessels that have run aground and need to be towed back to safe harbour.

In February 2016, the Victorian Government committed to high-level reform to better support the crucial service provided by the MSAR sector.

This decision followed the 2014 Parliamentary Inquiry into Marine Rescue Services in Victoria, which found that increased governance and regulation would be beneficial in supporting a more effective service.

ESIA is providing project management support to the MSAR Office within Emergency Management Victoria to assist with
the on-time and on-budget delivery of new MSAR sector vessels and replacement engines.

Project list