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The SEMC ​​Subcomm​​​ittees and Reference Groups 


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​The Subcomm​​ittees:

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Risk

Objective: To consult and advise on ways to improve the coordination and application of an evidence-based approach to emergency risk management for all hazards.

  • Provide advice to the SEMC on risk assessment, risk treatment and the risk framework.
  • Develop advice and recommendations on emergency risk management, including risk treatment and mitigation options, for SEMC consideration.
  • Provide a forum for continuous improvement, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, practice and research on initiatives and issues relating to emergency risk management.
  • Provide input to the review of policies and plans, as referred by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
  • Undertake activities to improve emergency risk management, as requested by the SEMC.

 

Sponsor:  SEMC Chair

Chair: Mr Mal Cronstedt AFSM – Executive Director, OEM

Executive Officer: Andrew Sanders​, OEM

 

Agencies represented on the Risk Subcommittee include:

Bureau of MeteorologyDepartment of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Department of the Premier and CabinetDepartment of Fire and Emergency Services
Department of TreasuryDepartment of Health
LandgateDepartment of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
Western Australian Local Government AssociationEssential Services Network Operators Reference Group Representative
RiskcoverWA Police
Department of Finance - ​Public Utilities Office 

 

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Recovery

Objective: To provide a forum for promoting and supporting the development and maintenance of emergency recovery capability​.  

  • ​Develop and implement a program of work to meet the subcommittee objective. 
  • Consider recommendations from reviews and undertake research and projects to improve the systems, processes and procedures associated with emergency recovery.
  • Identify gaps and develop advice and recommendations on emergency recovery policy and planning, including relevant public information messages, for SEMC consideration.
  • Oversee the planning of, and review of, State level recovery arrangements.
  • Provide a forum for continuous improvement, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, practice and research on initiatives and issues relating to emergency recovery.
  • Provide input to the review of policies and plans, as referred by the OEM.
  • Undertake activities to improve the State’s emergency recovery arrangements and preparedness, as requested by the SEMC.


Sponsor: Ms Sue Ash AO

Chair: Ms Sue Ash AO

Executive Officer: Katherine Clarke​, OEM

 

Agencies represented on the Recovery subcommittee include:

​Department of the Premier and Cabinet​Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
​Australian Red Cross​Department of Fire and Emergency Services
​Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development​Department of Health
​Essential Services Network Operators Reference Group Representative​Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
​Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund​Main Roads WA
​Department of Finance​WA Police
​Western Australian Council of Social ServiceWestern Australian Local Government Association​
​Insurance Council​Department of Education
Department of Finance - ​Public Utilities Office​Department of Communities

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 Response Capability

Objective: To provide a forum that promotes collaborative and strategic dialogue to consider and promote strategies to address capability gaps in the state’s emergency response.​​

  • Undertake a program of work, as referred or endorsed by the SEMC, to address the development of emergency management capabilities applicable to emergency response.
  • Consider information referred by the SEMC (e.g. from reviews and evaluations), and make recommendations to the SEMC and/or member agencies, as appropriate, for the development and / or review of processes, systems and controls to improve the State’s emergency response capability.
  • Oversee a risk based emergency response exercise program, including multi-hazard and cross boundary emergencies, as established by the Exercise Management Advisory Group or otherwise directed by the SEMC.
  • Consider identified gaps or issues from post exercise reports, and provide advice or make recommendations to SEMC and/or other member agencies on potential improvements in emergency response capability for consideration.
  • Consider new and emerging trends or response issues referred by member agencies that may improve the State’s emergency response capability and make recommendations to SEMC and/or other member agencies for the development and/or review of processes, systems and controls, as required.
  • Provide feedback to the review of policies and plans, completed by the SEMC Secretariat, in consultation with appropriate emergency management agencies. 
  • Through member agencies, promote strategies and programs of work, developed by the SEMC or emergency management agencies that enhance the State’s emergency management response capability.
  • Foster strong cooperative relationships and collaboration on issues relating to emergency response capability between all members. 
  • Undertake additional activities to improve the State’s emergency response arrangements, as requested by the SEMC.​

 

Sponsor: Commissioner of Police

Chair: Mr ​Stephen Brown APM, Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Services, WA Police

Executive Officer: Kelli Williams​, OEM

 

Agencies represented on the Response Capability Subcommittee include:

 

WA PoliceEssential Services Network Operators Reference Group Representative
Brookfield RailDepartment of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Department of D​​efenceDepartment of Transport
Department of Primary Industries and Regional DevelopmentDepartment of Health
Department of CommunitiesPublic Information Reference Group Representative
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and InnovationPublic Transport Authority
Department of Biodiversity Conservation and AttractionsSt John Ambulance
Department of Fire and Emergency ServicesDepartment of Finance - ​Public Utilities Office 
Western Australian Local Government AssociationCoalition of Volunteer Emergency Services Associations
Water Corporation

 


 

Community Engagement

Objective: To support the SEMC in strengthening resilience by providing advice on community engagement, initiatives, education programs and ny looking for synergies between programs.

  • Consider and review emergency management community engagement initiatives and develop proposals to improve coordination and outcomes and encourage synergies.
  • Recommend projects and initiatives to foster a shared understanding of emergency management responsibilities and enhance community emergency preparedness, including that of groups and communities identified as vulnerable and/or susceptible to emergencies.
  • Provide a forum for continuous improvement, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, practice and research on initiatives and issues relating to emergency management community engagement.
  • Develop advice and recommendations regarding best practice in emergency management community engagement for SEMC consideration.
  • Provide input on community engagement issues and to the review of policies and plans, as referred by the OEM.
  • Undertake activities to improve community engagement with emergency management, as requested by the SEMC.

 

Sponsor: Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner

Chair: Mr Stephen Fewster, Deputy Commissioner Capability Command, DFES

Executive Officer: Mr Ron de Blank, OEM

 

Agencies represented on the Community Engagement Subcommittee include:

 

Department of Fire and Emergency ServicesWA Police
Australian Red CrossVolunteering WA
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WAWestern Australian Local Government Association
Department of CommunitiesWA Council of Social Service
Department of EducationWestern Australian Local Government Association
Department of Biodiversity Conservation and AttractionsPublic Information Reference Group Representative
Department of Health
Department of Aboriginal Affairs

 


 

The Reference Groups:

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 Public Information

Objective: To provide advice and support to the SEMC and its subcommittees in relation to arrangements for the provision of emergency public information and public awareness related to emergency management in Western Australia.

  • In relation to public information in emergency management: monitor emerging trends, identifying and reporting on relevant issues and opportunities.
  • Provide advice to the SEMC and its subcommittees on policy, planning and education and​ maintain professional networks, encouraging debate and enabling views to coalesce around critical issues.
  • Maintain responsibility for Westplan – Emergency Public Information including regular review and exercising.
  • Provide input and representation to the nominated subcommittees on matters associated with public information.
  • Other functions as directed by the SEMC.

 

Chair: WA Police

 

Agencies represented on the PIRG include:

 

WA PoliceDepartment of Communities
Australian Broadcasting CorporationDepartment of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Bureau of Meteorology Department of Finance - ​Public Utilities Office
City of PerthDepartment of Fire and Emergency Services
Department of HealthPublic Transport Authority
Department of the ​​Premier and CabinetEssential Services Networks Reference Group
Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions6PR
Western Australian Local Government Association

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Essential Services Network Operators

Objective: To provide a forum for the exchange of information that will assist or improve the operation of essential services or functions in relation to emergency management for the benefit of the community.

  • Provide advice to the SEMC and its subcommittees on matters relative to the provision of essential network services in the emergency management context including monitoring emerging trends, identifying and reporting on relevant issues, risks and opportunities.
  • Provide a forum for SEMC and its subcommittees to seek advice and information in relation to essential services matters.
  • Provide a forum for essential service network operators, which improve preparedness and response to emergencies through a trusted network, exchange of knowledge and collaboration.
  • Provide input and representation to the SEMC and its nominated subcommittees on matters associated with essential service networks.
  • Engage essential services network operators to work within the emergency management of the State.
  • Undertake and participate in exercises, workshops and seminars to build understanding and capability of essential services network operators in the emergency manag​​ement aspects of Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery; with a focus on Risk and Resilience.

 

Chair: Mark V​assiliou, Main Roads 
 

Agencies represented on the ESNORG include:

 

ATCO Gas AustraliaNBN Co Ltd
Dampier Bunbury Pipeline (DBP)Telstra
Horizon PowerWater Corporation
Main Roads WAWestern Power

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If you are a subcommittee member you may access the Subcommittee portal.