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State Risk Project update​

5 December 2017

Treatments Phase

​Since May 2017, the OEM's State Risk Project team has been facilitating treatment discussions for priority risks in some of Western Australia's Emergency Management (EM) districts.

The treatment discussions have included the themes of:

  • health services, personal safety and agriculture risks (Wheatbelt EM district)

  • personal safety risks (South West EM EM district)

  • personal safety risks (Goldfields-Esperance EM district)

  • marine, emergency services, personal safety and agriculture risks (Great Southern EM district)  

The OEM is now turning its focus on smaller treatment meetings with key agencies, including agencies that centrally manage assets across the state. Once these discussions have concluded, the District Emergency Management Committees will have a prioritised list of treatment strategies. These strategies could be adopted by its member organisations, become part of a collaborative funding application or for a state-wide implementation program where appropriate.


State Level Risk Assessments

The State Risk Project conducted the seven natural hazards' state-level risk assessment workshop series earlier this year. The data was subsequently analysed and reported in the Western Australia's Natural Hazards Risk Profile 2017. The report compares the risks posed by the seven natural hazards: bushfire, cyclone, earthquake, flood, heatwave, storm and tsunami. It is available now on the OEM website here:

In addition to the seven natural hazards, by early next year the State Risk Project will have completed the state-level risk assessments for the other 20 hazards prescribed in WA legislation. The most recent risk assessment workshops that have taken place since October have been:

  • Land SAR, Marine SAR and Road Crash

  • Radiological Substance

  • Fire (structural)

  • Collapse (cliff and building)

The State Risk Project would like to thank all agencies that have advised and assisted us in developing credible worst-case hazard scenarios, including:

  • Bureau of Meteorology

  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services

  • Department of Health

  • Public Utilities Office

  • Western Power

  • Horizon Power

  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

  • Defence Space Coordinating Office

  • Radiation Health Branch

  • WA Police

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

  • Geoscience Australia

  • Office of Bushfire Risk Management

  • Water Corporation 

Local Level ​​Risk Assessments

The local level component of the State Risk Project aims to: help local governments to understand their risk; assist local governments to complete the emergency risk management process as required by existing policy; allow the state to gain a comprehensive understanding of current risks at the local level; and provide information to enable future mitigation at all levels which will reduce the future cost of disasters.

The following local government workshops have taken place since August:  

  • ​​South West (involving seven local governments: Bunbury, Dardanup, Capel, Donnybrook-Balingup, Busselton and Augusta-Margaret River). Risk assessments have been completed for Flood, Storm, Electricity Supply Disruption and Human Epidemic. This group of local governments' remaining workshops will take place next March/April. The group will also be assessing bushfire separately.

  • ​The North Metropolitan local governments of Joondalup, Stirling and Wanneroo have conducted risk assessments for: Storm, Earthquake, Rail Crash, Bushfire and Heatwave.

  • ​​Wheatbelt local governments of Northam, York, Toodyay and Beverly have conducted risk assessments for: Storm, Flood and Earthquake.​​

  • ​​Goldfields-Esperance local governments of Leonora, Laverton and Menzies have conducted risk assessments for: Storm, HAZMAT and Human Epidemic.

D​​istrict Level Risk Assessments

Earlier this year, the district risk assessments culminated in the release of the full set of EM District Risk Assessment Reports. These reports are available for download here:


OEM Program Leader – Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Risk, Dr Heather Taylor, said the overall success of the State Risk Project would not have been possible without the valuable input from our stakeholders.

"We would like to thank all of our stakeholders, including agencies, local governments and service providers that have participated in state/district/local level State Risk Project workshops," Heather said. "We greatly appreciate the valuable support and expertise of our stakeholders who have also contributed to developing the hazard scenarios. The success of the State Risk Project would not be possible without your support, knowledge and commitment." ​