Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management
The Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management (MCPEM) has been disbanded.
Decision to disband
On 23 October 2020, the
National Cabinet Review of COAG Councils and Ministerial Forums (the Review) recommendations were accepted by the National Cabinet. The Review recommended that the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management (MCPEM) be disbanded by 1 February 2020.
Establishment of the National Emergency Management Ministers’ Meeting
On 13 November 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to the establishment of the National Emergency Management Ministers’ Meeting (NEMMM), which is responsible for driving and coordinating implementation of the
Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (the Royal Commission) recommendations. Information on the
NEMMM can be found here.
MCPEM consisted of Ministers for Police and Emergency Management from the Commonwealth, each state and territory, New Zealand. The President of the Australian Local Government Association participated in consideration of emergency management matters.
Scope of the responsibility
MCPEM focussed on the broad themes of law enforcement reform and emergency management and increased collaboration across these themes.
Joint meetings with the Council of Attorneys-General
MCPEM convened a joint meeting with the Council of Attorneys-General, in conjunction with a regular MCPEM meeting, at least annually or as required to consider issues of relevance to both councils.
Information and past documents that precedes the establishment of MCPEM are available on the
Law, Crime and Community Safety Council page.
Information on the Council of Attorneys-General can be found here.