Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency
|Jurisdiction||Government of the Australian Capital Territory|
|Annual budget||A$161.279m |
|Parent agency||Justice and Community Safety Directorate|
The Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency (ACT ESA) was established by the Emergencies Act 2004 (ACT), which came into effect on 1 July 2004. The mission of the ACT ESA is to protect and preserve life, property and the environment in the ACT.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is the ACT Government organisation charged with providing emergency management services to the Canberra community.
The ESA Mission is “We work together to care and protect through cohesive operations, collaborative management and a unified executive”.
The ESA workforce profile includes over 2500 full time and volunteer personnel.
The Commissioner, ESA reports to Director-General of the Justice & Community Safety Directorate (JACS), who is responsible to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The ACT ESA comprises: four emergency service agencies and several support areas, including: People and Culture, Governance and Logistics, Risk & Planning Services, Emergency Media and Broadcasting Services. The four operational agencies are:
- 2003-2006 Peter Dunn AO
- 2006-2009 Gregor Manson
- 2009 David Foot ASM (Acting)
- 2010-2013 Mark Crosweller AFSM
- 2013-2019 Dominic Lane AFSM
- 2019 Georgeina Whelan AM, CSC and Bar
1993–2004 Emergency Services Bureau
Prior to 1 July 2004, emergency services in the ACT were delivered by the Emergency Services Bureau, an agency of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety.
2004–2006 Emergency Services Authority
The Emergencies Act 2004 (ACT) established the ESA as a statutory authority.
2006– now Emergency Services Agency
In the 2006-07 Australian Capital Territory budget, the ACT Government announced that the ESA would again be subsumed by the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, effective 1 July 2006.
- ACT Ambulance Service
- Gregor Manson, former ESA Commissioner
- Peter Dunn, former ESA Commissioner
- ACT Fire & Rescue
- Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
- http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2004-28/default.asp Emergencies Act 2004 (ACT)
- "ACT Budget 2019-20. Budget Statement D Justice and Community Safety Directorate" (PDF).
- "ACT Budget 2018-19. Budget Statements D" (PDF).
- ACT Government Budget 2017/18 – Budget Paper D: https://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/1069370/D-Budget-Statements.pdf
- ACT Government Budget 2008/09 – Budget Paper 4: Budget Estimates, http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget_2008/files/paper4/12jacs.pdf
- ACT Government Budget 2007/08 – Budget Paper 4: Budget Estimates, http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget_2007/files/paper4/12jacs.pdf
- ACT Government Budget 2006/07 – Budget Paper 4: Budget Estimates, http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget_2006/html/paper4.htm
- ACT Government Budget 2005/06 – Budget Paper 4: Budget Estimates, http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget_2005/html/paper4.htm
- ACT Government Budget 2004/05 – Budget Paper 4: Budget Estimates, http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget_2004/htm/paper4.htm
- Emergencies Act 2004 (ACT)
- ACT ESA Annual Report 2004/05
- ACT ESA Annual Report 2005/06
- McLeod, Ron. 2003. Inquiry into the Operational Response to the January 2003 Bushfires in the ACT
- Doogan, Maria. 2006. The Canberra Firestorm – Inquests and Inquiry into Four Deaths and Four Fires between 8 and 18 January 2003.