WALGA is a leading voice for Local Government in Western Australia. As such, our emergency management team are involved in a range of working groups, committees and stakeholder reference groups to raise issues on behalf of the sector. State Government agencies and other peak bodies also approach WALGA directly for involvement to inform policy and legislative change.

Our team is a key stakeholder in a number of State-level committees including:

  • State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC)
  • Interagency Bushfire Operations Committee (IBOC)
  • Bushfire Operations Committee (BOC)
  • State Bushfire Advisory Committees (SBAC)
WALGA is also considered a key stakeholder in Emergency Services Levy (ESL) and Local Government Grants Scheme (LGGS) matters and discussions on existing and proposed grant funding opportunities. 

WALGA’s Emergency Management team also creates and manages working groups to be responsive to the needs of our members on a range of contemporary issues in emergency management.

Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group (LGEMAG)

The LGEMAG has been around for over 10 years in various structures and composites to support WALGA’s advocacy and to provide a mechanism to consider and respond to sector-wide issues. ​

The membership currently consists of representatives in a range of roles from the following Local Governments:
  • City of Armadale
  • Shire of Ashburton
  • City of Belmont
  • Shire of Capel
  • City of Cockburn
  • Shire of Derby-West Kimberley
  • Shire of Dundas
  • Shire of Lake Grace
  • Shire of Mundaring
  • City of Perth
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • City of Stirling
At the last LGEMAG meeting in April 2022, DFES provided a presentation on the AFDRS, and the following matters were discussed:
  • Update on the progress of the Local Emergency Management Arrangements Review
  • WALGA's 2021 Emergency Management and Bushfire Service Health Check Survey results
  • WALGA's Advocacy Position Review
  • Wooroloo Review Report
  • Preparation of s.33 Firebreak Notice Guidance Notes, and
  • Eligibility of RATs under the Local Government Grants Scheme.

Get in touch via em@walga.asn.au if you’d like further information or to be involved in LGEMAG.