The Hon. Steve Whan, MP NSW Minister for Emergency Services, NSW Minister for Small Business, and NSW Minister for Rural Affairs, Director General Emergency Management Australia (Attorney-General’s Department, Mr Tony Pearce and The Hon. Bob Cameron, MP Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and the Victorian Minister for Corrections.
In accord with the Commonwealth response to the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission Interim Report, specifically in relation to Recommendations 11.1 and 11.2 Emergency Management Australia (EMA), a division of the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, facilitated an operational pre-season briefing for State and Territory emergency management agencies on the 25th September 2009.
For information References 11.1 and 11.2 are as follows:
Recommendation 11.1 The Commonwealth facilitate discussions between relevant Commonwealth agencies (including Emergency Management Australia, Defence, Defence Imagery Geospatial Organisation and Geoscience Australia) and state and territory fire services to identify ways in which Commonwealth resources might be applied more rapidly and effectively during extremely dangerous bushfires, including investigating the potential for these resources to be used for detecting, tracking and suppressing bushfires.
Recommendation 11.2: The Commonwealth, through Emergency Management Australia, provide briefings at least once a year to state and territory agencies regarding arrangements available (including through Defence) to support jurisdictions during disasters and emergencies, including bushfires. State and territory representatives should advise relevant Ministers and the Chief Officers of emergency services (including fire services) of the outcomes of these briefings.
The aim of this briefing was to facilitate pre-season bushfire and seasonal hazard preparedness and planning discussions between the Commonwealth and States and Territories.
Preparedness discussions focussed on:
The briefing was opened by the Attorney-General and chaired by the Director General EMA.
The briefing included the following presentations: