Territory Emergency Management Council Strategic Plan




A more prepared, safer and resilient Territory.


To minimise the impact of emergencies and disasters on NT community, economy, environment and infrastructure.


This Plan aligns with National and Territory strategies and policies, including the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, Framing the Future and Developing Northern Australia. It recognises the comprehensive all-hazards multi agency resilience based approach.


Strategic Outcomes

Major Strategy


1. Enhanced community resilience and engagement

Continuous community education
  • A clear understanding of gaps and misconceptions in community knowledge.
  • Established ongoing public awareness and resilience programme.
Improve government, business and cross sectoral partnerships
  • Critical infrastructure resilience guidelines align with emergency management arrangements.
  • Critical infrastructure operators are active in Northern Territory emergency management arrangements.
Empower the community to improve personal resilience
  • Community input is incorporated into local hazard specific planning processes.

2. Increased risk awareness and mitigation

Become more adaptable in our management of emerging hazards and risks
  • Emergency management planning is underpinned by risk assessments.
  • Common NT approach to emergency risk assessment.
  • NT emergency management arrangements reflect contemporary research, policy and practice.
Inform and influence land use planning and infrastructure resiliences
  • Lessons learned inform and influence land use planning.
  • Identified critical infrastructure and supply chains including physical locations.
Drive accountability for preparing and managing identified hazards
  • Hazard management authorities have up to date plans and arrangements.
  • Functional groups and agencies have up to date all hazards capabilities and arrangements.

3. Capability and capacity development

Strengthen knowledge and skills of personnel with key emergency management roles
  • Readily available trained emergency management personnel.
  • Increased capacity to respond to protracted events.
Apply continuous improvements and lessons management to emergency management activities
  • An endorsed and implemented continuous improvement process for emergency management.
  • Endorsed identified properties from lessons learnt and continuous improvement processes.
Implement strategic training programs to meet identified needs
  • Endorsed skills requirement for key emergency management roles.
  • Use local resources to leverage opportunities to upskill emergency management capabilities.
  • Plans are tested, exercised and evaluated annually.
  • TEMC and Security and Emergency Management Subcommittee of Cabinet have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities during an emergency event.
Improve physical EOC facilities across the Territory
  • A functional whole of government emergency and recovery operations centre capability.
  • The Council endorse and support an improvement plan to enhance EOC functionality.
Integrate technology and systems to enhance emergency planning, operations and situation awareness
  • Technology and systems are integrated and utilised during emergency events.

4. Improved Governance and Leadership

Clear leadership and governance arrangements during emergency events
  • Defined financial and procurement processes during emergency events.
  • Biannual review of strategic plan actions.
  • Defined comtemporary governance arrangements for Territory, Regional and Local Emergency Management Councils/Committees.