Our role

We are the lead disaster management agency for NSW, responsible for all aspects of disaster recovery and building community resilience to future disasters. We oversee and coordinate emergency management policy and service delivery with a focus on social, economic, infrastructure and natural environment outcomes.

We keep people and communities at the heart of everything we do. By leading a whole of government approach to disaster recovery and resilience, we ensure people are cared for, acknowledged and empowered – so that all NSW communities are better prepared for and supported on their journey of recovery from any crisis or disaster event.

Focus areas

Our focus areas are:

  • Response and recovery
  • Disaster resilience
  • Capability and planning
  • Emergency Management policy and coordination
  • Natural Disaster funding and accountability
  • Disaster Welfare

Our Commissioner

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons joins Resilience NSW following more than 30 years experience with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) serving as both a volunteer and salaried officer. He is a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee, the NSW State Rescue Board and a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. He was awarded the National Medal in 1999 and Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2001.


State Emergency Management Committee

The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) is responsible for a range of programs and arrangements designed to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of hazards impacting on the community.

About the Committee

State Rescue Board of NSW

The State Rescue Board of NSW (SRB)’s principal function is to ensure the maintenance of efficient and effective rescue services throughout the state

About the Board

Emergency Management Regions

NSW is divided into 11 Emergency Management Regions. Each Region is made up of local government representatives.

Region map and contacts