Emergency Management News

Issue 12 - November 2022

LEMA Review Workshop Findings Webinar

WALGA is hosting a webinar to present the consultation outcomes of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements (LEMA) Review Workshops and to provide an overview of the State Emergency Management Committee's (SEMC) current initiatives.

Date: Tuesday, 6 December
Time: 1.00pm - 2.30pm

During September and October, WALGA hosted ten LEMA Review Workshops with Local Governments to obtain feedback to inform WALGA’s final LEMA improvement recommendations to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), SEMC Business Unit.

In this webinar, workshop facilitator Sue Middleton from Agdots will present the key findings and possible solutions from the LEMA Review Workshops, which were attended by 133 participants from 92 diverse Local Governments. Additionally, SEMC Executive Officer, Rick Curtis will provide an update on several SEMC projects including the Community Disaster Resilience Strategy, and the review of Local and District Emergency Management Committees.

For more information and to register, visit the WALGA website.

Sector Updates

AFDRS Update

DFES have provided an update on the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) implementation, including signage, community campaign, data and analysis. Read the latest update here. Subscribe to DFES Rural Fire News for future email updates.

Disaster Ready Fund

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is consulting on the design of the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF). Complete the survey here before 20 December. Applications for Round 1 are expected to open in early 2023.

STAND Toolkit

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts has released a community stakeholder toolkit aimed at Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND). Read more.

Disaster Risk Reduction

Four WA Local Governments have been awarded funding in the latest round of the National Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR) Grant Program. Projects include sourcing alternative power supply and Aboriginal cultural burning programs. Read more

Local Government Focus

WALGA State Budget Submission

The initiatives in WALGA’s Budget Submission will deliver significant benefits to communities across the State. Key emergency management priorities include the CESM Program, the MAF and LGGS Grant Programs, emergency services legislative reform and coastal hazard adaptation. Read more.

WHS Local Government Leaders Forum

LGIS is hosting a forum with WorkSafe, and DFES on 6 December for Local Government Mayors, Presidents and CEOs to explore the implications of WHS legislation for the management of volunteer bushfire fighters. Register here
Image Credit: DFES Incident Photographer Evan Collis

My Bushfire Plan Campaign

Local Governments can support their community to be better prepared for bushfire by encouraging them to download the My Bushfire Plan app or visit and make a bushfire plan. Great to see so many Local Governments already sharing information with their communities. Read more.

In Other News...

Thank A Volunteer Day Grants Awarded

18 Local Governments were among the 41 recipients of grants. Thank a Volunteer Day provides opportunities to celebrate volunteers, and raise public awareness Find out more here.


Underground Power Program

The State Government has launched the four-year Targeted Underground Power Program (TUPP), which will allow up to 50,000 homes and businesses to transition from poles and wires.

SEMC Communique

The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) met on Thursday, 13 October. Read the communique here

DFES Workforce Management Solution

DFES are leading the delivery of an ICT system for emergency services volunteers and staff. Complete the survey being conducted or contact DFES for more information.

BOC Communique

The Bushfire Operations Committee met on Friday, 7 October and received updates on the Wooroloo Bushfire and Severe Weather Event (February Fires 2022) Reviews. Read more

Access and Inclusion for EmergencyWA

DFES is hosting an information gathering workshop on how people living with a disability access emergency information.
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

Events and Training

Resilient Australia National Awards

6 December | Register here


LEMA Review Workshops Finding Webinar

6 December | Register here


Effective Conversations - A Professional Development Online Workshop

Climate for Change
8 December | Register here

DFES Access and Inclusion for EmergencyWA Workshop

13 December | Register here

Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders

20 February 2023 | Register here

Emergency Management Foundations for Local Government

7 March 2023 | Register here

Community Disaster Recovery

8 March 2023 | Register here 

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WALGA contacts

Susie Moir, Policy Manager, Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Rachel Armstrong, 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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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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