We initiated the Improving Emergency Management in Local Government Program in response to increasing demands on local government to provide emergency management support for communities and emergency services. The program ran from 2011 to 2014.
A management and governance regime for this program was developed in partnership with the Department of Justice.
This program addressed the role of local government in emergency management and also developed strategies for increasing local government’s capacity to provide emergency management support to agencies.
The program sought to:
- develop a clear and accepted definition of the appropriate role of local government in emergency management
- undertake a range of activities that provide the sector with the opportunity to improve capability and capacity of performance in emergency management, including the development of a robust performance measurement capability that aligns with the revised role
- manage expectations of key stakeholders regarding the role and capacity of local government so that corporate risk to individual municipalities and the sector generally is realistically minimised.
The program had five interlinked projects to drive the policy and strategic direction. The projects are:
- policy and role
- legislative change
- sustainable funding
- capability building and shared services
- performance measurement.
Feedback received from councils, State Government partners and other stakeholders has been extremely positive. The MAV is confident that the various IEMLG initiatives have improved councils' understanding of their emergency management role and resulted in increased capability.
Read about the program's achievements in the Improving Emergency Management in Local Government (IEMLG) Program report (Word - 152KB).