​Emergen​cy Management Overview


Emergency Management Overview (EMO) outlines current information on legislation, the planning framework, roles and responsibilities, committee structures and the Comprehensive Approach to emergency management in NSW. The legislation, the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 (Amended) which governs the Emergency Management Arrangements in NSW, and the State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN), have recently been updated. To work in Emergency Management, it is essential to have the most up to date information.

EMO is an introductory course in emergency management. It is a self-paced online short course. It is the mandatory prerequisite and pathway into the Introduction to Emergency Management (Intro EM) class based course.

Please Note:

  • Emergency Management Overview and Introduction to Emergency Management replaced Emergency Management Arrangements (NSW)

  • 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 the class based Introduction to Emergency Management

You will receive a Booking Confirmation email within 1 working day of your registration. The email contains an individualised link to EM Gate portal and access to the online course.

NSW communities live with a variety of hazards, both natural and human-made. Natural hazards include those of climatic, geophysical or biological origin. Human-made hazards include those arising from technology, human fault and hostile action. Some major natural hazards, such as bushfires, are seasonal and regional but other types of hazards, particularly those made by humans, are less predictable, and could occur almost anytime or anywhere. A hazard impact on a community may result in an emergency.


Online self-paced short course



Target au​​​dience

The course is for all emergency services personnel and people with an interest in Emergency Management.


There is no formal assessment for this course. However, there is a self-test quiz on completion of the course. Pass mark is 80%. Multiple attempts are acceptable.

National unit of com​petency

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

Learning o​utcomes

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


  • Appreciate that there are many different emergency types and many different people are required to collaborate
  • Understand the key concepts and principles of emergency management
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of agencies involved in emergency management
  • Appreciate the need for agencies involved in emergency operations to be effectively coordinated
  • Understand that policies and plans are put into place to ensure that emergency services are adequately provided.


Course dates and r​egistration

More information on Course Dates and Registration