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Emergency management

The Department of Home Affairs, through Emergency Management Australia, is the Australian Government lead for disaster and emergency management. Working closely with state and territory governments and the international emergency management community, we deliver critical programs, policies and services that strengthen and maintain Australia's national security and emergency management capability.

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Emergency Management Australia
Emergency Management Australia (EMA) is a division within the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government lead for disaster and emergency management.

Emergency management capability
The Department of Home Affairs, through Emergency Management Australia, continues to establish, fund and support several capability development activities, often with state, territory and international partners, to strengthen Australia's ability to respond to emergencies.

Emergency response plans
In Australia, state and territory governments have primary responsibility for protecting life, property and environment within their borders. They have established plans and arrangements to respond to, and recover from, natural and human-caused emergencies.

Recovery assistance
On top of support provided by state and territory governments, the Australian Government has a range of assistance measures to help hardest hit communities recover from disasters.

Resilience funding
In line with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, the Department of Home Affairs, through Emergency Management Australia, manages a range of resilience programs including the National Disaster Resilience Program, which supports local strategies and initiatives within each state and territory.