In March 1989, the New South Wales Government approved a major restructuring of the Rescue Services and Emergency Management arrangements in this State. This restructure put in place the recommendations of a study undertaken by Major General R A Grey (Report on the "Review of Rescue Policy in New South Wales").
In December 1989 legislation was enacted to restructure the existing arrangements. The
State Emergency and Rescue Management Act was subsequently proclaimed to commence on 12 February 1990.
The State Emergency and Rescue Management Act provides for the establishment of the State Rescue Board of New South Wales with a structure and system for management of rescue at State, Regional and Local levels. The Board is responsible to the Minister for Emergency Services.
The principal function of the Board is to ensure the maintenance of efficient and effective rescue services throughout the State.
Section 42 of the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act provides for a corporation with the corporate name of the State Rescue Board of New South Wales (Board). The Board is, for the purposes of any Act, a statutory body representing the Crown.
Section 43 (1) of the Act provides that the Board is to consist of not less than eight members, being:
Section 43 (2) of the Act provides that one of the members of the Board is to be appointed as Chairperson by the Minister.
Section 45 of the Act provides that the Board is, in the exercise of its functions, subject to the control and direction of the Minister.
The State Rescue Board is required to: