This flagship joint ECCV-VCOSS research paper draws from the insights and experiences of our work with communities and the Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership (MEMP).

It highlights the critical importance of strong connections and engagement between multicultural communities, government and the emergency management sector, and makes recommendations to enhance how this occurs.

It also recommends how the emergency management sector can become more diverse and inclusive, placing it in a better position to support all Victorians.

Two things are certain to happen in our near future. Climate change will demand increased community resilience and Victoria will become more culturally diverse.

It is therefore imperative multicultural communities are prepared for emergencies and disasters, and supported to respond and recover according to their specific contexts and needs.

Valuing strengths, building resilience: Improving emergency management outcomes for multicultural communities in Victoria provides a blueprint to achieve this.