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Emergency Management News
June 2021
Issue 6

WALGA acknowledges the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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Resource Support for Local Governments Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja
WALGA is seeking expressions of interest from Local Government staff who may be able to provide assistance to Local Governments impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja. 
A large number of Local Governments and their communities in WALGA’s Northern Country, Avon-Midland and Great Eastern Zones have been significantly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

As these Local Governments move into what will be a long running recovery phase of this emergency, many will require additional support in order to manage recovery activities as well as deliver business as usual services.

WALGA is seeking Expressions of Interest from Local Government staff to assist these Local Governments over the coming months. A wide variety of skill sets will be required, including community development, events, rates and finance skills, emergency management, administrative support, environmental health, building surveying and others.

Please share this request across your Local Government. The survey link is here where you can provide details of the assistance that your Local Government is able to provide.
For further information, please email WALGA's Emergency Management team.
Community Recovery Officers Sought for TC Seroja Recovery 
DFES is now advertising for 4 Community Recovery Officers to be based in Geraldton, Northampton, Morawa and Kalbarri to support the local recovery from the impacts of TC Seroja.

In this role you will:

  • Assist Local Government in supporting communities to recover
  • Establish a local face-to-face presence to identify the needs of the community
  • Assist with community development and engagement activities and events, and
  • Prioritise projects benefit that human and social recovery, rebuilding and renewal objectives.
For more information or to apply visit the DFES Cyclone Seroja Recovery page here.
Contaminated Sites Data Available
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is making available to Local Governments the restricted Contaminated Site Database spatial dataset.
This dataset is a spatial representation of individual sites recorded and classified by the department under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (CS Act). Access to this restricted dataset is free of charge at  and will be specifically tailored for each Local Government boundaries. WALGA suggests that the data enclosed should be included in the Local Governments Local Emergency Managements Arrangements as a resource. Due to the sensitive nature of the dataset, access will need to be signed off by the CEO with the Licence Agreement.

The Department has trialled the dataset with a select number of Local Governments and they have indicated the feedback has been positive. Access to the dataset will complement the statutory notifications the Department has previously given under the CS Act and these statutory notifications will continue as normal. The dataset will also assist each Local Government in providing to the Office of the Auditor General a listing of all sites when compiling their annual reports and financial statements.

More information can be found here on the Local Government Contaminated Sites Metadata.

The completed Licence Agreement can be emailed to
If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact Contaminated Sites Business Systems Co-ordinator, Christopher Chau, on 6364 7174 or email
District Emergency Management Committee Administrative Guidelines Consultation
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) State EM Policy Branch is seeking feedback on the proposed amended document.
Executive Officers of the District Emergency Management Committees (DEMC) have completed a review of the DEMC Administrative Guideline. The revision has identified the opportunity to remodel the Guideline into a Members Handbook. DFES is seeking feedback to identify and address any concerns prior to requesting endorsement and approval from the SEMC.

This consultation may be of interest to persons who sit on a DEMC or are Chairs or Executive Officers of their Local Emergency Management Committee. 

Feedback is due to DFES by COB Friday, 23 July.
Please visit the Consultation Page for more information and to submit feedback. 
Redesigned State Emergency Management Documents
The DFES State Emergency Management Policy Branch recently undertook a project to redesign the suite of State emergency management documents to meet the West Australian Government’s accessibility and inclusivity standard.
The primary objective of this project was to deliver greater accessibility to the documents. The updated documents include the following:
  • State Emergency Management Policy
  • State Emergency Management Plan
  • State Emergency Management Procedure
  • State Emergency Management Glossary
  • WA Managing Exercises Guideline
  • State Hazard Plan HAZMAT Annex A Nuclear Powered Warship
  • State Support plan Animal Welfare in Emergencies
 Details of these amendments are available on the State emergency management documents amendments page. Redesign of remaining State EM documents are underway and will be published soon. Documents that are being updated or are out for consultation will be updated once approved. 
For more information, please contact the DFES State EM policy Branch on This includes any questions relating to including digital accessibility, the WA Government standards, or WCAG 2.1 standards.
Phoenix Australia Launches ReCap
The Recovery Capitals (ReCap) projects is an online platform that brings together research and resources to support recovery activities.
The Recovery Capitals (ReCap) project aims to support wellbeing after disasters by providing evidence-based resources for those engaged in recovery. The resources are designed to support strengths-based, holistic and inclusive recovery approaches.

The ReCap project focusses on the following capitals and provide considerations for each area in its guidelines.
  • Social
  • Political
  • Natural
  • Built
  • Human
  • Financial
  • Cultural

ReCap is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Massey University (Aotearoa New Zealand), Australian Red Cross, and other researchers, government and non-government agencies and organisations from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

To access ReCap and view the guidelines, visit the website here
Emergency Management Training and Events
AIIMS Awareness (Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System)
Course available online now

Webinar: Navigating the Financial Impact of Disasters - AIDR
Date: Tuesday, 29 June
: 12:00pm to 1:00pm AWST

Webinar: VCOSS Disaster Recovery Conversation Series: Caring For Yourself and Your Staff in Disaster Recovery
Date: Thursday, 1 July
Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm AWST

2021 Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Date: Monday, 12 July to Tuesday, 13 July
Venue: in-person Gold Coast and online

Webinar: Managing Fire Damaged Asbestos in Local Government - For EHO's
Date: Tuesday, 20 July 
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

DFES Emergency Driver Training
Throughout July and August

Emergency Management For Local Government Training
Date: Monday, 16 August
: 9:00am to 4:30pm 

Community Disaster Recovery for Local Government Training
Date: Tuesday, 17 August
Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm 

Local Government Recovery Coordinator Training
Date: Wednesday, 22 September to Thursday, 23 September

2021 Southwest Emergency Management Conference
Call for abstracts open now
Date: Wednesday, 13 October
: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Member Representation
Month of June
  • State Bushfire Advisory Council Policy Development Subcommittee
  • Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group
  • Mitigation Activity Funds Grant Committee
  • State Bushfire Advisory Council
  • Local Government Community Safety Network Steering Group
  • Interagency Bushfire Operations Committee
  • Lessons Management Reference Group (SEMC Subcommittee)
  • WA Flood Warning Consultation Committee
  • SRCG Partnership Forum Wooroloo Bushfire
  • Cyclone Seroja District Recovery Coordination Group
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities Team
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