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​​The position of Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) is established under the Disaster Management Act 2003​.

The key functions of the Office of the IGEM are to:

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  • regularly review and assess the effectiveness of disaster management by the State, including the State Disaster Management Plan and its implementation;
  • regularly review and assess the effectiveness of disaster management by district and local groups, including district and local disaster management plans;
  • review and assess cooperation between entities responsible for disaster management in the State, including whether the disaster management systems and procedures employed by those entities are compatible and consistent;​
  • make disaster management standards;
  • regularly review and assess disaster management standards;
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  • review, assess and report on performance by entities responsible for disaster management in the State against the disaster management standards;
  • work with entities performing emergency services, departments and the community to identify and improve disaster management capabilities, including volunteer capabilities;
  • monitor compliance by departments with their disaster management responsibilities;
  • identify opportunities for cooperative partnerships to improve disaster management outcomes; and
  • ​report to, and advise, the Minister about issues relating to the functions mentioned above.