​​​​The ​​​​State Emergency Management Exercise Framework

Exercising supports agencies to identify weaknesses and test solutions in a controlled, safe environment, allowing us to be better prepared. The State Emergency Management (EM) Exercise Framework assists agencies and local governments to determine what they need to exercise to improve emergency management capabilities.

The State EM Exercise Framework was approved by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) on 7 December 2018. The key change brought about by this framework is moving the focus away from exercising hazard-specific response to exercising capability. The reason the sector has moved to this framework is that the capabilities that enable agencies to respond and efficiently combat hazards are often common across all of the 28 prescribed hazards.

Capability-based exercising leverages off the SEMC EM Capability Framework which reflects the current best thinking on assessing preparedness within Western Australia.

The SEMC EM Capability Framework identifies a series of core capabilities and associated achievement objectives across all aspects of preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery. When informed by risk, the seven capability areas provide common themes to be exercised.

​​​The State EM Exercise Framework consists of three major components:

  • A continuous Emergency Management Agency (EMA) capability-based Exercise Program (EMA includes Hazard Management Agencies, Combat Agencies and Support Organisations as prescribed in the Emergency Management Regulations 2006)
  • A Three-year State Exercise Program, and​​
  • A State Exercise Coordination Team to provide support to the EMA and State Level Exercise Programs.

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Reporting of Exercises

An important part of exercising is the learnings that come from them. We aim to make the lessons and insights identified from exercises available so everyone can benefit from the experience of others.

EMAs are required to submit their exercise reports directly to the State Exercise Coordination Team (SECT) who provides the SEMC with regular updates on exercise activity across the State. Local governments are required to submit their post-exercise reports to their District Emergency Management Committees (DEMCs), as soon as practicable after an exercise. The DEMCs will note any findings or actions arising from the reports, collate them and forward them to the SECT.

A suite of standardised templates and other documents to assist with this process is available via a Templates and Resources page on the SEMC Exercising webpage.