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									                   STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
                       PROCEDURES MANUAL


SUBJECT:               Prescription of Combat and Support Agencies

PROCEDURE NO:         ADP - 10

TYPE:

Administration         X
Operational

REFERENCES:
                       •   Section 6 Emergency Management Act, 2005

REVIEW DATE:           30 September 2013

RESPONSIBILITY:        Emergency Management Western Australia [EMWA]

BACKGROUND:

The Emergency Management Act 2005 (EM Act) provides for the prescription of a
public authority, or other person to be a combat agency or support organisation
prescribed by the regulations, [s 4(1) and (3) EM Act].

Those public authorities or other person who or which, because of the agency’s
functions under any written law or specialised knowledge, expertise and resources, is
responsible for:

    • performing an emergency management activity prescribed by the regulations in
      relation to that agency (combat agency);
    • providing support functions prescribed by the regulations in relation to that
      organisation (support organisation).


AIM:
The aim of this procedure is to define the process required for the prescription of a
Combat Agency or Support Organisation under the Emergency Management
Regulations 2006.

PROCEDURE:

Identify:

Where a public authority or other person identifies the need to prescribe a new
combat agency or support organisation or modify an existing prescribed combat
agency or support organisation, through changes in circumstances, a formal request
must be made to the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC). It is the
responsibility of the agency/person making the request to ensure a thorough
investigation has been conducted to support any request.

Prior to any formal request the following actions must be undertaken:

Define:

The requirements of the combat agency or support organisation must be defined in
accordance with Section 6 of the EM Act. This includes:

   •   Define the area of the State (whole or specific parts) for which the person or
       public authority will be a combat agency or support organisation.
   •   The reasons why the person or public authority should be prescribed as
       outlined above (legislation, specialised knowledge, expertise and resources).
   •   The emergency management activity (e.g. fire suppression, welfare, health
       services, hazardous materials, rescue) for which the proposed combat agency
       or support organisation is to be prescribed.

Consult:

Before requesting prescription, broad consultation must be undertaken. This
consultation should be undertaken with all key stakeholders including:

   •   Emergency Management Western Australia
   •   Any HMA’s, combat agencies and support organisations currently prescribed
       for the same or similar roles,
   •   Relevant combat agencies and support organisations,
   •   Relevant local government(s),
   •   Industry and commercial sectors which may be affected
   •   Relevant Emergency Coordinator(s)

Results of all consultation undertaken (both positive & negative) should be included in
any request.

Justify:

A clearly defined justification for the requirement of the new or alternative combat or
support agency prescription must be provided. This should include the following type
of information:

   •   To which activity the request relates.
   •   What will be implications in respect to emergency management if the proposed
       prescription is not undertaken?
   •   What stakeholder consultation has been undertaken and the outcomes of such
       consultation?




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All requests for the prescription of a combat agency or support organisation and
alteration to an existing one must address the issues outlined in this Procedure and
provide sufficient information to justify the recommendation and adequately inform
State Emergency Management Committee, Emergency Services Sub-Committee
(ESS) and the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC).


Approval:

Once completed, the request must be submitted for endorsement to Emergency
Management, WA (EMWA).

EMWA will arrange for preparation of the draft enabling regulations and consult with
the proposed combat agency or support organisation in respect to that process.

Once that has been completed the submission and the draft enabling regulation will
be considered by the ESS for consideration and endorsement.

Following endorsement by ESS, EMWA will prepare a formal submission to the
SEMC. This submission must include the following information:

   •   SEMC Item Paper
   •   The supporting submission
   •   The draft enabling regulation

Prescription:

Upon endorsement by the SEMC the approved request will be returned to Emergency
Management WA to complete the approved prescription process.

Communicate:


Emergency Management Western Australia will update the relevant section of the
State Emergency Management web page.




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