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gavel graphic The Emergency Management Plan (EMP) together with SOPs have been developed by the Curtin University Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) as part of the University's commitment to enhance the safety and well-being of people in its facilities and to protect the facilities. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are currently being developed and will provide formal written guidelines that denote operational procedures and instructions for incident management and response for identified hazards.

Emergency Risk Management is defined as a range of measures to manage risks to communities and the environment. The organisation and management of resources for dealing with all aspects of emergencies. Emergency management involves the plans, structures and arrangements which are established to bring together the normal endeavours of government, voluntary and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to deal with the whole spectrum of emergency needs including prevention, response and recovery


risk management diagram


Western Australian Emergency Management (Planning) Committee Structure

The Act established a three tiered committee structure at the State, District and Local levels. Those committees are:

  • State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) - the peak emergency management body in Western Australia. Membership includes representatives appointed by the Minister from those organisations that are essential to the State's emergency management arrangements.
  • District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC) - one for each emergency management district throughout the State.
  • Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) - each local government establishes a local emergency management committee.
  • Curtin Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) – The University has an established Emergency Planning Committee that oversees its WA Campuses emergency plans and arrangements.

Curtin EPC Constitution 

The primary function of each of these committees is emergency management planning through the establishment of the necessary plans for the effective emergency management at their respective levels (i.e. State, district and local). These committees do not have an operational response role.

State Emergency Management

The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) has responsibility to arrange the preparation of State level plans (Westplans) that cover specific prescribed hazards (e.g. Tsunami, road crash, cyclone) and also support activities (e.g. public information, welfare and recovery). Generally the SEMC delegates this responsibility to the hazard management agency (HMA) or support organisation responsible for that hazard or activity.

The SEMC has also produced a range of Policies that cover the broad areas of Administration, Operations and Training. These Policies are in place to assist practitioners to effectively undertake their role and to ensure consistency of approach across the emergency management sector.

District Emergency Management

Western Australia has fourteen emergency management districts, each with its own District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC). The key function of the DEMC is to assist in the establishment and maintenance of effective emergency arrangements in their districts. DEMCs meet a minimum of two times per year and have interagency representation, which often includes State Government agencies. They focus on risk within their district and ensure information received from the State flows down to the Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs). They support the LEMCs with advice on emergency management arrangements, as well as participating in exercises and testing of arrangements.

Local Emergency Management

Local Governments are key players in the State's emergency management arrangements and provide expert knowledge about their communities and environments. Under Section 41 of the Emergency Management Act 2005, it is their role to ensure that local emergency management arrangements (LEMAs) are prepared and maintained, and to manage recovery after an emergency. LEMAs are developed to provide a community focused, coordinated approach to the management of all potential emergencies within a local government area. Under section 38 of the Emergency Management Act 2005, a local government is required to establish one or more Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) for the local government's district. Due to the considerable physical area that Curtin University occupies, the Bentley Campus falls within two LEMCs i.e. City of South Perth/City of Canning and City of Belmont/Town of Victoria Park.