​​​Local Government

It is a function of local government to manage recovery following an emergency affecting the community in its district (s.36(b) EM Act).

A local government is to ensure that arrangements (local emergency management arrangements) for emergency management in the local government's district are prepared. Local emergency management arrangements are to include a recovery plan and the nomination of a local recovery coordinator (s. 41(1) and 41(4) EM Act).

  • Local Recovery Coordinator

    The Local Recovery Coordinator is responsible for coordinating local-level recovery activities in conjunction with the Local Recovery Coordination Group (LRCG), when established.

  • Local Recovery Coordinator Aide Memoire

    A Local Recovery Coordinator Aide Memoire is a quick checklist that is available as a guide only to help Local Recovery Coordinators in their role during emergencies.

  • Local Recovery Coordination Group Aide Memoire

    A Local Recovery Coordinator Group Aide Memoire is a quick checklist that is available as a guide only to help local governments understand the role of the Local Recovery Coordination Group, when established, during emergencies.

  • Local Recovery Guidelines

    The SEMC's Local Recovery Guidelines is a useful resource to help local governments in their role and responsibilities during emergencies.

  • Determination of State Recovery Involvement

    In some circumstances, the State Government may have an increased role through the State Recovery Coordinator or the establishment of the State Recovery Coordination Group (SRCG). This higher-level coordination is there only to make sure that the impacted community has equal and appropriate access to the available resources.

    A key goal of State Recovery is to make sure that any State Government involvement occurs in full consultation with the local government, and the management of recovery remains the responsibility of the local government.


Communicating in Recovery

Recovery communications is the practice of gathering, managing, sending and evaluating accurate and up-to-date information in the recovery stage following an emergency event.

Successful recovery is built on effective two-way communication that is:

  • relevant – people want to know what is happening regarding recovery; what support is available; do they qualify; and relevant contact details;
  • clear – people impacted by an emergency often have trouble remembering or understanding information. Repeat key messages to reach impacted people when they are more receptive. Communication should be short, sharp amounts of relevant and practical information.
  • targeted – the method of communication used should fit the audience. Make sure the information is accessible to audiences in diverse situations and is provided through a range of media and channels.


For more information on communicating in Recovery, view the following links: