National Emergency Management Arrangements

 Attorney General's Department

The Attorney-General's Department delivers programs and policies that maintain and strengthen Australia's national security and emergency management procedures. Emergency management within the department is primarily undertaken across two divisions:

  • The Emergency Management Australia (EMA) division is responsible for preparing for emergencies and disasters through the development and maintenance of national plans, coordination of Australian Government crisis response and recovery efforts, and coordination of protective security arrangements (physical and personal) for Australian high office holders, visiting foreign dignitaries, at-risk foreign missions in Australia, as well as security arrangements for special events in Australia or overseas.
  • The National Security Resilience Policy division provides policy advice on emergency management, protective security, identity security, e-security, critical infrastructure protection, and the security of chemicals.

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Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR ) was officially launched on 17 November 2015. AIDR is a partnership between the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, the Australian Red Cross and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre - working closely with the Commonwealth Government through Emergency Management Australia to improve Australia's national capabilities in disaster resilience. Further information can be found at Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience