In 2014 the SEMC considered five potential “Benefits and Outcomes” theme areas for the State Risk Project. 

The following gives a snapshot of progress - as at November 2017 - against these five theme areas and the next steps to be undertaken.


Increasing understanding of major risks at a State, District 

and Local scale.

​• Over 87 credible worst​ case and near worst case graphical scenarios ​(i.e. out-of-sca​l​e events) ha​ve been developed across the State by hazard science and impact experts.

• These scen​arios h​​ave been tested under multi-agency workshop environments with over 1800 part​icipants involved from 211 federal, ​state and local agencie​s as well as non-government organisations.​​


• Comprehensive risk reports and risk profiles have been produced for priority hazards for all EM districts. 

• Over 4600 risk statements presently in the database substantially increasing the State’s understanding of hazard risks.​

​​​​• The scenarios will be collated into an ‘atlas’ and can be used to inform other risk work 

(e.g. loc​​al level) and for designing State Exercises and for Capability testing.​​

​• State and Local assessments are ongoing during 201​7.​

• Risk reports and profiles will be available on the SEMC website soon.

• Addressing the ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risks can begin to form the basis of multi-year work programs for the SEMC and its stakeholders.​

Information to assist resource 

allocations with emphasis towards 

prevention and preparedness activities.​

​• The risk reports and risk profile information highlight key theme areas for attention.


• An Emergency Risk Management Framework is under development which will provide support for appropriate resource allocations with emphasis towards prevention and preparedness activities.​


​• Three trial treatment planning workshops have been undertaken in the State to help inform development of the treatment methodology.

​​• Information can be used to inform priority areas for NDRP Competitive Grants and AWARE funding.

• The Emergency Risk Management Framework​

will include a suite of documents including mitigation policy and treatment assessment guidelines and tools for stakeholders.


• Treatment workshops and analysis will continue in 2017.​

​​Data to evaluate mitigation activities 

including assessing “benefit to cost” and to support Risk 

Management strategies.

​• All data collected in a ‘consistent’ way using the ISO 31000 compliant National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG). 




• Data collected is all ‘gaugeable’ so that objectivity can be applied to mitigation decisions and risk management strategies.

​​• Data helping identify theme areas that would benefit from tailored, long-term, business-as-usual investments to build resilience over time.



​• Data helping identify theme areas that could potentially be ‘bettered’ if the opportunity arose.​

• Data to continue to be collected in a ‘consistent’ way and agencies encouraged to embed this methodology as their minimum EM risk standard for sustainability. Useful to also pursue synergies with the LG Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.


• A downwards step-change in risk, particularly for the ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risks, is desired. The Emergency Risk Management Framework will include guidelines on assessing a network of treatment options to achieve a ‘gaugeable’ step-change in risk in a cost-effective and affordable fashion. If a step-change in risk is not achievable, the Emergency Risk Management Framework will address what other management and communication with stakeholders is required.


• Agencies/Treasury can consider the risk profile to lower the ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risk theme areas by tailoring normal budget cycle investment.


• Agencies/Treasury can consider lowering the risk profile in certain theme areas by ‘betterment’ investment when the opportunity arises (e.g. If an asset is damaged it can be re-built in an improved manner).​

​Improved basis for development 

of Emergency Management 

Arrangements, Westplans 

and Capability Planning.

​• The new EM Act will provide more scope for the development of impelling Local Emergency Management Plans (LEMPs).

• The emerging State Risk Profile is now being considered during the review cycle of some Hazard Westplans.​

​• WA already has a comprehensive Capability Framework that informs the Annual Emergency Preparedness Report on a self-assessment basis.​

​• Under the new Act, new LEMP policy will be developed in 2017, which will require consideration of ‘out-of-scale’ events, ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risks, capability gaps, and mitigation strategies in formulation of the local plan. Useful to also pursue synergies with the LG Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.​​


• In future, Westplan development and review can take account of ‘out-of-scale’ events, ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risk factors and capability gaps related to the specific hazard.​

• Exercising of Westplans may include multi-agency State Exercises against ‘out-of-scale’ scenarios and ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risk aspects.


• ‘Out-of-scale’ scenarios and ‘extreme’ and ‘high’ risk data can be used to further assess capability and establish capability gaps in a more ‘gaugeable’ manner. This is to be undertaken in the adjunct State Capability Project.​

Increased awareness of 

the risks across WA 

and  knowledge of 

the State, District 

and Local framework 

for managing risk.

​• Over 1800 people and 211 agencies have articipated at the State and District scale. This is increasing awareness of large scale events and the associated risks. The information is designed to be on-shared to further increase stakeholder awareness.


• The SEMC website and The Hub contains a full range of risk management policies and procedures as well as hazard information, hazard videos, and NERAG based risk assessment tools and guidelines to reach across WA.​

​• In 2017 the Local component commenced, which has further increased stakeholder engagement and awareness of large-scale hazard risks across WA.

• Scenario and risk data to be tailored and pitched to a full range of stakeholder and community groups to enhance awareness of risks and methods for the individual management of risk e.g. insurance.

• Critical Infrastructure (CI) providers will be specifically engaged to engender an all hazards risk perspective for CI Resilience.

• Policy is to be enhanced in 2017 to support the Emergency Risk Management Framework and get a more satisfactory cover across mitigation, betterment and Local Emergency Management Planning (LEMP), informed by the State Risk Project data.

• Stakeholders to be encouraged to download and embed the NERAG tools/methods in their agencies for a long-term sustainable system.​

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