Emergency Management Australia

Emergency Management Australia (EMA) is a division within the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government lead for disaster and emergency management.

Working closely with state and territory governments and the international emergency management community, EMA delivers critical programs, policies and services that strengthen and maintain Australia's national security and emergency management capability.

Guided by the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, EMA ensures Australia is best placed to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies. It is also the Australian Government focal point for the United Nations' Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015:2030—the global blueprint and 15 year plan to build the world's resilience to natural disasters.

While state and territory governments are responsible for emergency management in their jurisdictions, EMA coordinates Australian Government support, both physical and financial.

EMA is home to the Australian Government Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC)—an all-hazards, 24/7 facility that provides whole-of-government situational awareness to inform national decision-making during a crisis. The CCC also coordinates physical Australian Government assistance during disasters and emergencies and manages the National Security Hotline, a vital component of Australia's national counter-terrorism efforts.

In 2015, the Australian Government established the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), to support implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. AIDR is a disaster resilience knowledge centre, that coordinates and promotes the development, sharing and use of information for anyone working with, or affected by, disasters. AIDR builds on extensive knowledge and experience in Australia and abroad, working with government, community, research, education partners and the private sector to enhance disaster resilience through innovative thought leadership, professional development and knowledge sharing.

Emergency Management Australia Podcast

EMA Podcast is an in-house production dedicated to issues surrounding emergency management. Since launching in 2013, EMA Podcast has covered natural disasters in Australia and overseas, interviewed experts in the field and covered the latest developments in emergency management.

Episodes are free to download from podcast apps including Buzzsprout and iTunes.