Introduction to Emergency Management


This course is designed as a preliminary pathway for people wanting to undertake further Emergency Management Training.

Please Note

  • Emergency Management Overview and Introduction to Emergency Management replaced Emergency Management Arrangements (NSW)
  • The Emergency Management Overview course, an eLearning (online) short course, is the mandatory prerequisite for Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Participants can register for Introduction to Emergency Management at the same time as Emergency Management Overview. However, participants must complete Emergency Management Overview prior to attending Introduction to Emergency Management. NSW can be impacted by a wide range of environmental and human made hazards and disasters.

The cost of emergencies which have affected this State, in terms of property destruction, social and economic loss, has been very significant. This cost can be expected to increase unless effective measures are taken to minimise the effects of an emergency on the community. Emergency management in NSW reflects a commitment to an all-hazards, all-agencies approach. This includes coordination and information sharing across the full spectrum of prevention, preparation, response and recovery (PPRR) so that planning and operational management are enhanced.


1 Day - class based


Emergency Management Overview (online short course)

Target audience

This course is suitable for people who:

  • are, or may become, members of an emergency management committee
  • are currently involved in or expect to contribute to emergency management arrangements
  • wish to understand emergency management arrangements in NSW
  • advise others in the community about emergency management arrangements


There is no formal assessment for this course, however participants will take part in a number of practical syndicate activities during the day.

National unit of co​​mpetency

This course does not align with a national unit of competency.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Reinforce and apply the key concepts of Emergency Management
  • Identify appropriate methods of conducting an all hazards, risk and vulnerability analysis for the organisation/community
  • Identify and implement appropriate prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and/or recovery strategies
  • Explain and use a multi-agency approach to distinguish between the roles and responsibilities of key agencies/organisations at different stages of the comprehensive approach
  • Outline implications of emergency management requirements for organisational planning, policies, procedures, systems and resource allocation
  • Describe strategies for building disaster resilience within the community
  • Examine emergency management plans and how these practically apply at a local level
  • Identify strategies to prepare and engage stakeholders/organisations and communities
  • Practical appreciation of the various roles they play in emergency management

Course dates and registration

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