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​​Emergency Managemen​t Arrangements for NSW

The people of New South Wales are no strangers to natural disasters and other emergencies. Whether it's droughts and flooding rains, bushfires, cyclones or other emergencies, we have a long history of working together through adversity and helping one another in times of trouble.

Emergency Management Arrangements in NSW exist to enable different parties to work effectively together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Whether you have been working in Emergency Management for many years, or you're new to the Emergency Management field - your skills and knowledge are valued. All people who play a role in emergency management must work together to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

Key Elements

Key Elements of emergency management include:

  • Legislation and the NSW State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN)​
  • Comprehensive approach to emergency management
  • All-hazards approach
  • All-agen​cy approach
  • National Strategy for Disaster Resilience​

How it Works​

The roles and responsibilities of the Minister and various committees in planning for, and operating during emergencies, explained.


Formal emergency management arrangements facilitate collaboration between different groups of people who manage emergencies. This section looks at:

  • Functional areas
  • Functional Area Coordinators
  • Emergency Management Committees
  • Roles and responsibilities of EOCONs
  • Emergency Operations Centres
  • State of Emergency
  • Recovery arrangements in NSW


Implementing Emergency Risk Management through the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

The Planning Framework explains the relationships between EMPLANs, Supporting Plans and Sub Plans, at state, regional and local levels.

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