The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) ​​

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a sub department of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The OEM provides whole of government emergency management services and works to enhance the safety of communities across Western Australia through a signific​​antly improved emergency management capability.  The OEM's strategic direction is to develop and improve the State’s emergency management arrangements through capacity building, advisory and support services. Capacity building consists of activities or services aimed at improving the emergency management capability of an individual, organisation or community and includes: 

  • Policy and planning
  • Ongoing engagement of key stakeholders
  • Facilitation of community-centred emergency management, through direct assistance to local governments and local emergency management committees
  • State mitigation initiatives


Core functions​

In working to enhance the State’s emergency management capabilities, the OEM's core functions include:
  • Providing executive and administrative support to the SEMC
  • Providing whole-of-government representation on all four SEMC Subcommittees and two Reference Groups
  • Administering the Emergency Management Act 2005, including the development and maintenance of related regulations, policies, plans and procedures
  • Administering the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Program
  • Building local emergency management capacity, assisting local governments and local emergency management committees through: 

                        - the management of the All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) program
                        - a network of regionally-based District Emergency Management Advisors​

The OEM has five key areas: Risk and ResilienceOffice of the Executive Director​, Business Services, Assurance, and Reco​very

​Mr Mal Cronstedt is the Accountable Authority of the OEM until 30 June 2018.  From 1 July 2018, OEM will be subsumed into the Department of Fire and Services. Mr Cronstedt is the Executive Officer for the State Emergency Management Committee.

For further information please contact the OEM on or (08) 6551 4029​.