State and Territory Emergency Service National Performance Indicators
These Indicators have been developed by a Working Group representing all State and Territory Emergency Services (S/TES). Funding for the project was received via the National Education Volunteer Support Fund, which is managed by Emergency Management Australia (EMA) on behalf of the Attorney-General's Department. Without this funding the project would not have been possible, and we are most grateful for their support for this most important initiative. The ABS was engaged to provide statistical support and quality assurance, and much of the information hereinhas been provided by the volunteers of the S/TES who have our thanks.
Ten years ago, the Directors of the S/TES recognised that a national approach would be required if the value of their services to the community was to be maximised. Accordingly they established the Australian Council of State Emergency Services (ACSES) so that the expertise resident within their own organisations could be shared by all. Particular emphasis was placed on training, equipment and public communication, for which standing sub-committees were formed. The first chair of ACSES was Mr Rhys Maggs, AM, the then Director of the Victorian SES.
ACSES has co-sponsored this project and provides this report recording progress towards a national approach to the management and operations of the S/TES, without interfering with their internal workings. We are convinced that this approach will maximise the effectiveness of our operations in support of the community during emergencies, and will foster progress towards our goal of achieving greater recognition of the significant contribution our volunteers make towards the safety of the people of Australia.
Murray Kear AFSM
View the State and Territory Emergency Service National Performance Indicator November 2012, the State and Territory Emergency Service National Performance Indicator November 2010 and the State and Territory Emergency Service National Performance Indicator November 2008