Information for Local Governments

State Emergency Management Capability Webinar for Local Governments

Peta Turner, Program Leader, DFES State Capability Team, will present on the State Emergency Management Committee’s (SEMC) State Emergency Management Capability Framework and the associated capability survey in a webinar hosted by WALGA. Discussion will include how the survey and framework have evolved and what they mean for EM, specifically for Local Governments.
With the 2021 capability survey scheduled for release to Local Governments in April, the webinar will also cover some of the practicalities of completing it, including the new tools that have been developed. Peta will also discuss the individual organisation capability summary reports that are being rolled out to Local Governments, including how to interpret the findings and how they can be used.  
Join us at this webinar to hear about
• What does it mean to have Emergency Management capability?
• What is the SEMC State EM Capability Framework?
• What is the yearly capability survey?
• What are individual organisation capability summary reports?

 WEBINAR: State Emergency Management Capability Webinar for Local Governments
Date: Tuesday, March 16
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Venue: Online
Click here to register

Australian Fire Danger Rating System

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is leading Western Australia’s participation in a national program through the Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) to design and implement a new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS).
DFES are currently developing a State implementation plan to identify the governance requirements, resourcing needs and change management processes required to enable the effective implementation of the new AFDRS scheduled for release in June 2022. This will include extensive engagement with stakeholder groups including Local Governments, to understand impacts and support structures that need to be put in place to support this significant change.

DFES in consultation with WALGA administered an online survey to all Local Governments, providing the opportunity to help inform on the impacts that the new AFDRS may have on their specific Local Government. The survey was sent out to all Local Government CEOs for consultation in late 2020.

The survey report can be viewed here


Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards for residential and public buildings

In November 2020, the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner published new Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards for Western Australia. The Standards provide owners and occupiers of land within specified areas of the State the ability to undertake specific vegetation management activities around residential and public buildings without breaching State or local law. To read the Standards, open the PDF here

Information about the Standards will be available from the DFES website under the Managing Vegetation tab.

WALGA hosted a webinar to provide information on using the Standards in November 2020. The webinar can be viewed here

For further information about the Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards, please email the DFES Rural Fire Divison.