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:
- 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;
- 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.