Lifeline utilities are entities that provide infrastructure services to the community such as water, wastewater, transport, energy and telecommunications.
Lifeline Utilities Groups are voluntary organisations that act as facilitators to promote reduction (mitigation) and readiness work to be carried out by their members as stipulated by the requirements of Section 60 of the CDEM Act 2002. Their emphasis is on educating and motivating by developing and providing best practice information. They also provide a technical forum with appropriate degrees of confidentiality, enabling engineering and physical risk management issues of interdependency to be addressed. Lifeline Utilities Groups work across the 4 Rs (Reduction, Readiness, Response, and Recovery) of the emergency management continuum in support of resilient communities.
The group's mission is to enhance the connectivity of lifeline utility organisations across agency and sector boundaries in order to improve infrastructure resilience.