Emergency Management News

Issue 9 - August 2022

LEMA Review Workshops

Register to attend one of WALGA's workshops to contribute to the design of a more fit-for-purpose Local Emergency Management Arrangements (LEMA) model. The outcomes of the workshops will inform a LEMA Improvement Plan that will be prepared by the SEMC Business Unit.

A total of six face-to-face workshops are being held in the following locations; Geraldton, Stirling, Katanning, Bunbury, Northam and Victoria Park. Register here. Online workshops are to be confirmed.

Read more in the WALGA LEMA Review Issues Paper. Local Governments are encouraged to provide written feedback on this paper by COB Friday, 15 October 2022.

To comment on this paper or find out more about other opportunities to contribute to the LEMA Review, please email WALGA LEMA Review Project Lead, Simone Ruane on

State Emergency Management Capability Framework Review

SEMC is undertaking a review of the State Emergency Management Capability Framework and looking for feedback from Local Governments on this matter. To obtain feedback SEMC is undertaking a survey and hosting an online Local Government workshop.
Please find the link to the SEMC Capability Framework Review Survey here. The survey closes on Monday, 12 September.

The aim of the workshop will be to understand key themes arising from the capability review survey, Local Governments’ emergency management information needs, and what the capability framework and survey could look like going forward.

SEMC Capability Framework Review Online Workshop for Local Government
Date: Wednesday, 28 September
Time: TBA

Please email your interest to Spaces are limited. Once confirmed SEMC will send a calendar invite.

More information on the review is available here, or if you have any questions or need further information about this survey or the review, please contact the DFES State Capability Team via or (08) 9395 9933.

Sector Updates

SEMC Policy Amendments

Recent SEMC Policy updates include the revocation of the All-Hazards Evacuation Flagging Guideline and the update of the Traffic Management during Emergencies Guideline.

La Niña Alert

BOM is predicting a third consecutive La Niña event will occur through its ENSO Outlook, meaning an increased likelihood of flooding, drought and tropical cyclones in Australia. 
Read more
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

In Other News...

Recovery Volunteer Hub 

Volunteering WA have announced the relaunch of the upgraded Emergency Volunteering platform designed to connect impacted communities with emergency support.


NSW Parliament Flood Report

The New South Wales State Government has released the Report on the 2022 NSW Floods Inquiry.

Heritage Conference Presentations

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has made presentations from its 2022 Heritage Conference, 'Be Prepared - act now to protect our past', available online. 

Local Government Emergency Management Training

Local Governments are encouraged to attend one of WALGA's upcoming Emergency Management training courses.

Local Government Focus

AFDRS Update

DFES has provided an update on the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) implementation relating to signage replacement, legislative changes, and the national and state community awareness campaigns. Read the latest update from DFES here

Better Practice Forum for Local Government

LGPro is hosting a Better Practice Forum on Thursday, 8 September looking at Emergency Management, Recovery and the Impact of Climate Change. Read more.

Events and Training

LGIS Risk Forum

Tuesday, 6 September, In-person
Register here.


LG Pro - Better Practice Forum

Thursday, 8 SeptemberIn-person and online
More information

WAFES Conference

9 to 10 September, In-person
More information here


LEMA Review Workshops

Various dates in September, In-person
Register here


Emergency Management for Local Government

Thursday, 29 September, In-person
Register here.

Community Disaster Recovery for Local Government

Friday, 30 September, In-person
Register here.


2022 WA Local Government Convention

3 and 4 October, In-person 
Register here


2022 WALGA Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum

Wednesday, 5 October, In-person
Register here


Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders

Thursday, 6 October, In-person
Register here

Want to share something with the sector?

Want to share your successes, promote a new project, have a key question answered or collaborate with other Local Governments? We want to hear from you about any stories or initiatives to share with the sector.
Submit your content for the next Emergency Management News

WALGA contacts

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

Contact the Emergency Management team via
Join WALGA's Local Government Emergency Management Network
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