Rick Nugent APM
Emergency Management Victoria

Rick NugentRick Nugent APM is the Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner. Mr Nugent is a skilled emergency management leader with a 35-year career with Victoria Police.

In his role as Deputy Police Commissioner, Mr Nugent has provided exceptional leadership in community safety, managing more than 12,000 police members across 330 police stations across Victoria.

Mr Nugent has led police operations as State Police Commander for some of Victoria’s major emergencies, including the 2022 October floods, and COVID-19 pandemic response.

He has also played key leadership roles in the operational response to the 2019-20 Victorian bushfires, numerous large-scale protests, sporting events, and other critical incidents.

His recent accomplishments include the delivery of the Victoria Police Youth Gang Strategy 2023-2026, development and implementation of the Victoria Police Drug Strategy 2020-2025, establishing Community Safety Forums throughout the state, and driving a capability uplift in emergency and incident management across the police force.

Updates from the Fire and Emergency Group

Champions of Change Fire & Emergency 

Rick Nugent APM is a Member of the Champions of Change Fire &  Emergency Group which was established in 2017 in partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC). The group includes Chief Executives and Commissioners leading more than 30 agencies responsible for fire, emergency and land management services across Australia and New Zealand. The group is committed to advancing gender equity, inclusive cultures and achieving significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women in their workplaces.