Emergency Management News

Issue 7 - July 2022

Spotlight: Mitigation Activity Fund

WALGA and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting an online information session to provide an overview of the Mitigation Activity Fund to support Local Government in preparing their next rounds of applications.

The next round of Grant funding opens Wednesday, 10 August and closes Wednesday, 21 September.

The Western Australian government established the Mitigation Activity Fund to provide funding for on-ground bushfire treatment activities for extreme, very high or high bushfire risks. All Local Governments who have an Office of Bushfire Risk Management endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plan are eligible to apply.

Since the inception of the Mitigation Activity Fund Grants, DFES has allocated over $38.5 million of mitigation funding to 55 Local Governments to conduct over 5,000 mitigation treatments.
Date: Wednesday, 24 August
Time:  1:00pm to 2:00pm
Register: please click here
For more information on the Grant Program, please contact the DFES team via

Sector Updates

Fire regimes that cause declines in biodiversity listed as a key threatening process 

Under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, this listing formally recognises that certain fire regimes are a key threat to biodiversity at the national level.

National Emergency Management, Resilience and Recovery (NEMRRA)

The Federal Government will be recommending that from September 1, the National Resilience and Recovery Agency and Emergency Management Australia should merge to form the NEMRRA.
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

In Other News...

Bushfire Risk Research Survey

Extreme fire weather days have increased in Australia by 56 per cent over the last four decades, according to new research. Read more


WAFES Award Finalists

DFES has announced the WAFES Awards finalists which recognises emergency services volunteers and personnel across the State.

IBOC Communique

IBOC met on Wednesday, 1 June for its third meeting of 2022. Read the communique here.

Federal Minister wants Emergency Response Fund Reform

The Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt has indicated that the Federal Government is committed to ERF reforms to enable investment in mitigation projects. Read more.

Local Government Focus

Sector Emergency Management Positions

In July, WALGA’s State Council endorsed a suite of 9 new advocacy positions on emergency management to support the Association's policy work and advocacy. Read more.

Thank a Volunteer

Grants up to $2,000 are available to host events on Thank a Volunteer Day (Monday, 5 December). Find out more here.

Events and Training

Mitigation Activity Fund Grant Program Information Session

24 August, Online
More information here.


Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

24 to 26 August, Adelaide
More information here.

LGIS Risk Forum

Thursday 6 September
Register here.

WAFES Conference

9 to 10 September
More information here

Emergency Management for Local Government

29 September, In-person
Register here.

Community Disaster Recovery for Local Government

30 September, 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.
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WALGA contacts

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

Contact the Emergency Management team via
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples hold a special place in our communities and connect the broader population with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society.  Our work regularly takes us across the State and as such WALGA would like to acknowledge the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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