A recent Audit report on Emergency Management Australia provides a detailed overview of the Australian emergency sector and an indication of future areas of priority.
The report Emergency Management Australia provides a review of the federal system of emergency management that involves Federal, state and local government agencies. EMA, (a division of the Attorney General's Department) is the primary agency tasked with emergency management. It coordinates the Australian Government's response when a request for assistance comes from a state or territory, and has prime responsibility for maintaining and arranging activation of the overall disaster response plan.
Some of the observations and recommendations in the report may point to areas of potential opportunity, For example, the ANAO found that compared with websites for similar organisations overseas, the EMA website was poorly structured, and in some instances confusing. In its response, the EMA indicated it has commenced a review of the site technology to ensure ease of access and use.
Queensland Disaster Co-ordination Centre to monitor disasters around the clock In a related development, the Queensland Government has announced that it will upgrade its monitoring service to ensure Emergency Management Queensland could respond immediately to disaster situations. The EMQ's currrent on-call system will be replaced by a permanent watch office that would commence operations in July.