The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) is the peak emergency management body in Western Australia. Membership includes representatives appointed by the Minister for Emergency Services from those organisations that are essential to the State's emergency management arrangements.
The function of the SEMC is to:
advise the Minister on emergency management and the preparedness of the State to combat emergenciesprovide direction, advice and support to public authorities, industry, commerce and the community in order to plan and prepare for an efficient emergency management capability for Western Australiaprovide a forum for whole of community coordination to ensure the minimisation of the effects of emergenciesprovide a forum for the development of community-wide information systems to improve communications during emergenciesdevelop and coordinate risk management strategies to assess community vulnerability to emergenciesarrange for the preparation of State emergency management policies and plans.
Under Section 21 of the Emergency Management Act 2005, the SEMC may establish such subcommittees as it thinks fit to advise the SEMC on any aspect of its functions or to assist with any matters relevant to the performance of its functions.
The subcommittees and reference groups play an important role in ensuring progress, coordination, review and improvement in emergency management. The subcommittees are well linked to the SEMC through sponsorship by SEMC members with the Office of Emergency Management providing administrative support and the Executive Officer. Reference groups are represented on relevant subcommittees.
The SEMC has four subcommittees: Risk, Recovery, Response and Capability, and Community Engagement; as well as two reference groups: Public Information Reference Group (PIRG) and Essential Services Network Operators Reference Group (ESNORG).