Emergency Management News

Issue 5 - April 2022

Spotlight: AWARE Grants

Local Governments looking to enhance their Emergency Management arrangements can apply for funding out of the $200,000 total grant pool, in this latest round of AWARE grant funding.
Opening Friday, 29 April until Friday, 10 June, the AWARE program invests in projects that build emergency management capability and preparedness at the local level, such as:
  • furthering emergency risk management processes
  • field and workshop exercises
  • planning activities and assistance in reviewing Local Emergency Management Arrangements (LEMA)
  • community education to enhance knowledge and awareness, including delivering emergency management training
  • hosting or facilitating emergency management events or forums, and
  • research and undertaking assessments to better inform decision-making in the areas of risk, impact and capability.
Did you know that you can apply for AWARE funding to have WALGA’s emergency management training courses delivered at your Local Government? WALGA’s emergency management courses can be viewed here

For more information on the AWARE grant program including eligibility, criteria and how to apply, visit the SEMC website or email

Sector Updates

AFDRS Design and Messaging

The Australia Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) Board has signed off on the final look of the new signage and high-level messaging. The new system will be active from Thursday, 1 September 2022. Subscribe here to receive DFES updates on the project. Read more.


DFES is encouraging Local Governments to continue promoting and distributing the Burn SMART resources for landholders. To access the resources and for more information, visit the DFES website.
Read more.
Image Source: DFES

Survey - Reducing Bushfire Risk

The University of Adelaide is researching fuel management strategies for reducing bushfire risk at the rural-urban interface and are seeking local fire managers’ knowledge of fuel management activities. The online survey will be open until Wednesday, 1 June. 

Sponsorship Opportunity

The National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) supports Australian communities through sponsorship of local events, providing up to $20,000. Further information on the sponsorships and the application guidelines are located here

Large Air Tankers for WA

The State Government has committed $11million over four years in the 2022-23 State Budget to secure the first Large Air Tanker to be based permanently in WA during bushfire season.
Read more.
Image Source: Australian Government
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

In Other News...

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) Review

The Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience has initiated a review into the DRFA.

Black Summer Bushfires Study

A new study shows the Black Summer bushfires caused extreme changes to the chemistry of the stratosphere (here).

Bushfire Operations Committee Communique

BOC met on Monday, 28 March for its first meeting of 2022. Read the communique here

International Panel on Climate Change

The 6th Assessment report Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change has been released.

Local Government Focus

2021 SEMC Capability Summary

The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) has released a summary of the emergency management capability of all WA Local Governments. A webinar recording outlining the main findings can be viewed here

Mobile Workers Accommodation Funding

The Shires of Mingenew and Perenjori have been allocated $400,000 from the Temporary Accommodation for Workers program, as part of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), to deliver fully equipped caravans in their towns.

Water Funding Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the Shires of Boyup Brook and Plantagenet in receiving $75,000 funding each towards increasing their towns water reserves to provide additional capacity during the fire seasons. Read more.

Preparing Australia Grants Awarded

More than $18million has been allocated to 16 WA Local Government projects as part of the first round of the Preparing Australia Grants led by the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.
Read more.

New Firefighting Equipment for Great Southern Volunteers

Congratulations to Great Southern volunteer firefighting brigades receiving new emergency vehicles worth more than $1million to assist the region.
Read more.

Events and Training

Recovery Coordinators Course for Local Government

5 May to 6 May, In-person
Register here.

City of Canning - Changing Your World Conference 2022 

12 May, In-person
Register here.

Support Your Volunteers: Volunteer Leader Toolkit Launch

Tuesday, 31 March
Register here

2022 Regional Heritage Conference 

Be prepared – act now to protect our past
19 to 20 May, Online
More information here.

Masterclass: Animal Emergency Management Complexities

Three Courses across May and early June
More information here

Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders

14 June, In-person
Register here

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WALGA contacts

Susie Moir, Policy Manager, Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Vanessa Jackson, Senior Policy Advisor, Emergency Management, 9213 2064
Cassandra Mora, Policy Officer, Emergency Management, 9213 2044
Simone Ruane, Project Lead, LEMA Review, 9213 2049
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