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Roles and responsibilities of MCDEM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is responsible for administering the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002. We provide leadership, strategic guidance, national coordination, and the facilitation and promotion of various key activities across the 4Rs of reduction, readiness, response, and recovery to achieve the purpose of the CDEM Act 2002.

What we do

  • provide advice to government on civil defence emergency management matters.
  • identify hazards and risks
  • develop, maintain and evaluate the effectiveness of the civil defence emergency management strategic framework
  • ensure coordination at local, regional, and national levels
  • promote civil defence emergency management and deliver public awareness about how to prepare for, and what to do in, an emergency
  • support civil defence emergency management sector capability development, planning and operations, including developing guidelines and standards
  • monitor and evaluate the performance of the 16 regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (Groups)
  • maintain and operate the National Crisis Management Centre, including the maintenance of a duty team to staff the Centre, and issue warnings and public information
  • manage the central government response to, and recovery from, large scale emergencies resulting from geological (earthquakes, volcanic unrest, landslides, tsunami), meteorological (coastal hazards, floods, severe winds, snow) and infrastructure failure. MCDEM is the lead agency for these emergencies.
Last updated: 
Thursday, 29 June 2017

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