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July 03
Leadership award highlights how emergency management stakeholders are working together to create safer, more resilient communities around WA

​​On 29 June 2018, the Office of Emergency Management's (OEM) Director Risk and Resilience, Andrew Sanders was awarded Leader of the Year working within a Division /Team /Organisation at the prestigious Institute of Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA) leadership awards ceremony.

The agency has been strongly engaged in transforming state-wide preparedness since 2012 through its new, innovative programs in emergency management. With outputs that​ have been recognised by the Commonwealth as some of the most advanced in Australia, Andrew said the collaborative inputs of approximately 2500 personnel from 200 agencies have been a vital factor to the year-on-year collation/analysis/interpretation of WA's hazard risks and EM capabilities across government.

Andrew Sanders: "The vital contributions from these agencies, together with the critical work and achievements carried out by DFES, OEM and the SEMC is actually enabling a more resilient State. I am very thankful for the tireless work of my regional services, capability and risk and preparedness teams, in promoting resilience across the Western Australia."

Through this award, Andrew's contemporary leadership across the three divisions he oversees has been recognised as innovating emergency management in WA to bring about safer communities that are better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

Read more about all 2018 IPAA WA leadership award winners here.


Andrew Sanders accepting the award at the ceremony  

(pictured with Deputy Opposition Leader the Hon. 

Michael Mischin MLC).​

June 18
2018 Resilient Australia Photography Award - Vote now!

It's time to vote for the 2018 Resilient Australia Photography Awards!

Photographers from around the country have sent in an impressive collection of images, capturing disaster resilience in action.

These 26 images are in the running to win an award in their state or territory – one will be selected as the national winner. 

Take a moment to browse the Facebook 2018 Resilient Australia Photography Award album, vote for your favourites, and encourage friends, family and colleagues to join in.

A 'like' on each photo counts as one vote.

Voting will close 5pm AEST Friday 29 June 2018. Get voting!


May 07
Funding open for bushfire mitigation treatment activities
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  • ​​Second round of funding now open under $15m Mitigation Activity Fund
  • ​17 regional local governments are eligible to apply
  • ​​Bushfire mitigation treatment activities currently underway from first funding round ​

Up to 17 regional local governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans are now eligible to apply for a share in $2 million of funding, under the $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund to treat bushfire risks in their area.

Fifteen of the local governments who are eligible this year have already benefited from the first round of funding, following the introduction of the scheme last year.

The local governments shared in $1.47 million of Royalties for Regions funding to treat 374 bushfire risks across their communities, including reducing or clearing fuel loads that threaten housing and infrastructure assets, as well as creating escape routes for accommodation areas.

In this round of 2018-19 funding, up to 17 local governments can share in $2 million to treat extreme, very high and high bushfire risks that have been identified in their Bushfire Risk Management Plans.

To be eligible for the Mitigation Activity Fund, local governments must have their Bushfire Risk Management Plan endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management.

The eligible local governments have until June 11, 2018 to apply for funding.

They include the shires of Augusta-Margaret River; Beverley; Boddington; Boyup Brook; Bridgetown-Greenbushes; Carnamah; Chittering; Donnybrook-Balingup; Irwin; Jerramungup; Nannup; Northampton; Ravensthorpe; West Arthur; Wagin; and Woodanilling, and the City of Karratha.

There will be another round of funding later in 2018-19.

​More information is available on the Office of Emergency Management's website at http://www.oem.wa.gov.au

 

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:

 

"There has been some significant mitigation work already under the first round of the Mitigation Activity Fund, so I would encourage all eligible local governments to continue their efforts and apply for further funding.

"Congratulations to the City of Karratha and Shire of Wagin for having their Bushfire Risk Management Plans endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, and becoming eligible to apply for the Mitigation Activity Fund.

"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to increasing the level of mitigation throughout our State, which is why a record $35 million was allocated to further mitigation efforts on certain Crown land under the new Rural Fire Division.

"That is on top of the $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund and will be managed by the new Rural Fire Division in co-operation with other agencies including local government.

"We must continue to increase our combined efforts at reducing bushfire threats facing our communities, if we are to try to avoid repeats of previous catastrophic bushfires.

"The $2 million of funding that is now available is a big step towards achieving that goal."

 

Minister's office - 6552 6300​

April 30
Case study: The Preparedness Puzzle

This case study describes how the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management developed its emergency management assurance and lessons management frameworks. Their relationship with the Capability Framework underpins successful implementation.

The connection between capability, assurance, lessons management and exercising is, in our view, quite innovative. Strategic decisions create better prepared and more resilient communities. The capability framework provides the context and currency for this decision making.

Following devastating bushfires that destroyed the township of Yarloop during January 2016, the Western Australia Government appointed a Special Inquirer, Mr Euan Ferguson, to review the management of the fire response. Crucially, the review also considered what has been learnt from previous major bushfires.

The narrative to this point is one heard before: An emergency occurs, the incident is reviewed and recommendations are made. Agencies work to implement the recommendations. Recommendations can be tactical or strategic, simple or complex. Difficulties or debates  may arise that relate to research, funding or legislative change. This process is repeated following the next emergency event.

New recommendations may add  complexity where they duplicate or contradict the previous set. Further, because a new implementation team is established, the momentum of implementing the new recommendations overwhelms the previous, which (unofficially) becomes a lesser priority. Once another incident happens... the cycle continues.

This was the position in Western Australia ahead of the Ferguson review in 2016.​

Read the full article.​

March 27
Scholarships available for emergency management volunteers

Emergency management volunteers are encouraged to apply for scholarships in higher and vocational education. 

The scholarships are available to eligible volunteers to access accredited vocational and higher education qualifications in emergency and disaster management.

The fund will boost education development opportunities to ensure volunteers and their agencies are best equipped to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Volunteers may receive up to $12,000 for completing vocational education and training and up to $25,000 for higher education.

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is administering the scholarship fund on behalf of the Australian Government. Applications will open on 2 April 2018.

AIDR encourages applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander volunteers, and those living in regional and rural areas.

For more information on the application process visit the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience website: www.aidr.org.au

March 16
Disaster Assistance following Tropical Cyclone Kelvin

THE HON ANGUS TAYLOR MP

MINISTER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CYBER SECURITY

THE HON FRANCIS LOGAN MP

MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES WESTERN AUSTRALIA

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

​Disaster assistance has been made available for the local government areas of Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Laverton and Wyndham-East Kimberley, which were affected by Tropical Cyclone Kelvin in February 2018.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit as a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, 250 kilometres south of Broome near Anna Plains Station.

"Floodwaters continue to affect this region, where many people are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Hilda and Tropical Cyclone Joyce, so this funding will help those affected individuals and communities get back on their feet," Mr Taylor said.

The Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said that several sections of the Great Northern Highway and all major roads into Broome were temporarily closed.

"The funding available through the NDRRA will help these communities recover and ensure damaged public infrastructure can be repaired."

"The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments recognise the importance of acting quickly to help these communities, particularly those that were affected by flooding in late January," Mr Logan said.

Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

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  • ​personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families​​​

  • ​financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets

  • ​interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers

  • ​freight subsidies for primary producers. ​​​​

The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra.

​Primary Contacts for assistance and advice are:

  • ​Individuals and Families - Department of Communities, ​​Emergency Services (Child ​Protectio​​n and Fami​​ly Support): Phone 1800 032 965​
  • ​Primary Producers – Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Agriculture and Food) Rural Business Development Unit: Phone 1800 198 231
  • ​Other Enquiries – Office of Emergency Management: Phone (08) 6551 4034 or 6551 4041; Email to www.wandrra@oem.wa.gov.au.

​Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.​

Media Contacts: 

Alicja Rudz 0481 907 178 (Minister Taylor)

Aleisha Banner 6552 6300 (Minister Logan)


March 05
Submissions now open for 2018 Resilient Australia Awards
 
  • Awards celebrate initiatives that build resilience, make communities safer and better prepared for natural hazards or emergencies

  • City of Mandurah, last year's national winner  

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan is encouraging Western Australian businesses, community groups, government agencies, schools and individuals to take part in the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards.

The awards, which began in 2000, celebrate initiatives that build resilience and projects that make communities safer, more connected and better prepared for natural hazards and emergencies.

Last year, the City of Mandurah was awarded the top prize, the National Award, for the development of the Equi-Evac Centre Network, a planning and evacuation scheme to protect horses during times of emergency.

The Resilient Australia Awards are managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, and sponsored by the Australian Government in conjunction with the States and Territories. The State Emergency​ Management Committee is the awards convenor for Western Australia.

Submissions can be made via the online portal at resilient.awardsplatform.com and close at 3pm (AE​ST) on May 31, 2018.

For more information, visit www.aidr.org.au/resilient-australia-awards 

or www.oem.wa.gov.au/resources/resilient-australia-awards

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:

"Western Australia took out the top honours last year and if successful again, it would be a ringing endorsement of the great work that many of our State's organisations and individuals undertake to be prepared for natural hazards and emergencies.

"We face an ever-drying climate which brings a much greater risk of potentially catastrophic bushfires, and all members of the community must play their part to be ready for such natural disasters.

"Floods are increasingly impacting our communities, and an increased population and further industrialisation also brings its own risks.

"Good luck to all of those making an awards submission."

 

Minister's office - 6552 6300


Commonwealth media release: Nominations sought for 2018 Resilient Australia Awards​ 

February 09
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following the tropical low and associated flooding in the Kimberley and East Pilbara
​Disaster assistance has been activated in response to the tropical low and associated flooding that affected the Kimberley and East Pilbara in late January 2018.
 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
 
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for disaster assistance, said the tropical low that moved over the Kimberley and East Pilbara regions in late January had affected a large number of roads with flooding.
 
"The low brought with it heavy rainfall and strong winds in excess of 100km/h," Mr Taylor said.
 
"Some communities were left isolated and many of these roads had also suffered previous damage from the recent tropical cyclones Hilda and Joyce.
 
"This activation of the NDRRA will ensure funding is available to help affected communities and restore damaged public infrastructure, such as roads."
 
Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said that the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments were committed to working together on disaster recovery.
 
"In response to this event, disaster assistance has been activated in the five local government areas of Broome, Halls Creek, Derby-West Kimberley, Wyndham-East Kimberley and East Pilbara," Mr Logan said.
 
"The assistance will support eligible people, small businesses and primary producers with their recovery.
 
"It will also ensure funding is available for clean-up and debris removal activities."
 
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

  • ​personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
  • ​financia​l support for affected communities, local governments and state agencies to help with the removal of debris, demolition and rebuilding, counter disaster operations, as well as the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • ​interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
  • ​freight subsidies for primary producers.

The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra

 
​Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Commonwealth Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au
 
Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300

February 02
More than $1.4 million allocated to reducing bushfire risk

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  • ​$1.47 million to be spent on the treatment of bushfire risks under new $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund
  • ​​​​Funding will support 374 individual treatments across 15 local governments 


The first round of funding under the new $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund has been announced today. 

Fifteen regional local governments, which have endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, will share $1.47 million of funding to treat a total of 374 bushfire risks across their communities. 

The Mitigation Activity Fund, supported by Royalties for Regions over three years, will help local governments carry out practical works to reduce the risks they face. 

Funding from the first round of the Mitigation Activity Fund will be allocated to:

 

Local governmentNo. of treatmentsTotal sum
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River10$183,225
Shire of Beverley21$95,400
Shire of Boddington33$53,900
Shire of Boyup Brook31$108,000
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes37$143,570
Shire of Carnamah13$27,000
Shire of Chittering5$26,900
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup20$169,250
Shire of Irwin34$74,517
Shire of Jerramungup42$66,360
Shire of Nannup8$145,420
Shire of Northampton18$93,840
Shire of Ravensthorpe24$79,600
Shire of West Arthur52$45,500
Shire of Woodanilling26$166,000
Total374$1,478,482

 

Further funding information can be found at http://www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding or by calling (08) 6551 4036.

Another round of funding applications will open in late April 2018.

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:

"We face an ever-drying climate in Western Australia with bushfires that can be devastating, so we have to increase our focus on trying to prevent natural disasters where possible.

"It is incumbent upon every landowner to reduce the bushfire risks that they face.

"This $1.47 million of funding will help 15 regional local governme​​nts get out on the ground and do something practical about reducing the risks their communities face.

"The Mitigation Activity Fund follows on from the funding for the Bushfire Risk Management Planning process, which helped local governments identify the risks they faced.

"I am very pleased that these local governments, in high-risk areas, have identified what needs treating and will use this funding to help keep their communities safe."

​Minister's office - 6552 6300

January 23
Disaster assistance for WA communities after Cyclone Joyce

​Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for 12 local government areas in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Joyce a week ago.

Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"The activation of assistance under the NDRRA will ensure affected communities have support to help them recover," Minister Taylor said.

Minister Taylor said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible people, small businesses and primary producers in the local government areas of Broome, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Gingin, Moora, Northam, Quairading, Upper Gascoyne, Victoria Plains, Wongan Ballidu and York.

Minister Logan said the Australian and Western Australian governments recognised the importance of acting quickly to help these communities.

"Some of these areas were also affected by Tropical Cyclone Hilda in late December 2017, so they have been hit twice in just a few weeks," Mr Logan said.

​Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
  • financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
  • freight subsidies for primary producers. 

The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra.

Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

​Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300​

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