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About Us

About the National Emergency Management Agency

Who we are

In the face of devastating fires and floods, the Australian Government combined the efforts of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency and Emergency Management Australia, to create a single, enduring, end-to-end agency to better respond to emergencies, help communities recover, and prepare Australia for future disasters.

Our purpose

To enable more secure, stronger and resilient communities before, during and after emergencies.

Our vision

Working through meaningful partnerships, we will build Australia’s capacity for disaster resilience and support our communities when they need it most.

Our strategic objectives

  1. Leading and coordinating national action and assistance across the emergency management continuum.
  2. Building scalable, coordinated emergency management capability for nationally significant, cross jurisdictional and international crises.
  3. Building evidence, intelligence and insights to empower communities, leaders and stakeholders to make effective decisions.
  4. Contributing to saving lives, reducing harm, and maintaining public trust to mitigate the consequences of disasters and build back better through investment in people, capabilities and communities.


Our values

As a Commonwealth agency, our values are aligned to the ICARE framework for the Australian Public Service (APS):

Impartial - Provides the government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence.

Committed to service - Professional, objective, innovative and efficient, and works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the government.

Accountable - Open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and within the framework of Ministerial responsibility.

Respectful - Respects all people, including their rights and their heritage.

Ethical - Demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity, in all that it does.

Find out more by reading our Statement of Strategic Intent (4.6 MB).