New Emergency Management, Resilience and Recovery Agency

29th July 2022

Emergency Management Australia (EMA) and the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) will be merged to create a new single federal agency.

The new organisation, to be called the National Emergency Management, Resilience and Recovery Agency (NEMRRA), will start operating on 1 September.

Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt said “Combining all these disaster-related functions into one agency under the Home Affairs Portfolio is a significant step forward and strengthens Australia’s ability to prepare for, manage and recover from an increasing number and severity of disasters."

“I am confident that these structural changes will assist in delivering the Albanese Government’s commitment to ensure that Australia is better prepared for the natural disasters we know will come,” Senator Watt said.

“Due to the effects of climate change, Australia will face more major natural disasters in the future, and we have to prepare and adapt now to ensure that as a nation we’re in the best position to deal with that inevitability.”

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