​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State ​​​​​​​​Emergency Management Framework 

The State EM Framework comprises of legislation, policy, plans, procedures, guidelines and a governance structure to facilitate effective management of emergencies.​ For more information on the State's EM arrangements, principles, objectives and hazard management structures see the EM Fundamentals webpage​.

Legislation, Policy, Plans, Procedure ​​and Guidelines

Emergency Management (EM) arrangements in Western Australia are established through the following legislation and policy framework, which incorporates the following suite of SEMC documents. Each document needs to ​be read in context of the other documents within the framework.

The current version of the State EM Policy is 3.00, State EM Plan is 3.01 and State EM Procedures is 3.01.​  ​Some documents have alternate version numbers, which are located on the front cover of each document. To ensure you are referring to the current version of the documents, refer to those published on this website. 

Amendments, Review and Consultation

Review schedules and details of amendments for each version released are available on the State EM Document Amendments webpage. ​​

The DFES State EM Policy Branch administers the review and consultation of the documents within the State EM Framework.

For access to any ongoing consultations or for assistance with the State EM Framework please email semc.policylegislation@dfes.wa.gov.au​.

State EM Legislation​​

 Emergency Management in WA is underpinned by the State Emergency Management ​Act 2005 (the EM Act) and the State Emergency Management ​​​​Regulations 2006.

State EM Policy

The State Emergency Management Policy (State EM Policy) provides​ a strategic framework for emergency management in Western Australia and cover​s the aspects of Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

State EM Plans

​ The State Emergency Management Plans comprise of the State EM Plan, State Hazard Plans (Westplans​​), and State Support Plans. National EM Plans also provide guidance to the State's EM arrangements. 

State EM Procedures 

The State Emergency Management Procedures (State EM Procedures) provide a step-by-step process for the completion of activities directed within State EM Policy.

State EM Guidelines

The State Emergency Management Guidelines (State EM Guidelines) support the policy, plans and procedures. These guidelines propose methods for conducting activities​ and are not formal instructions.

State EM Glossary

The State Emergency Manage​m​ent Glossary (State EM Glossary) provides information on the range of terms and definitions encountered in emergency management, drawing together definitions from many existing sources.
​​​​State EM Forms

Click here to access the Emergency Management Forms. These forms are restricted for authorised emergency management personnel.


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