The number of Australian government agencies deploying staff overseas to support international response and recovery operations has increased significantly over the past decade. The ACMC’s Preparedness Program assists those staff to understand the roles, responsibilities and mandates of different agencies, and to work together more effectively.
The ACMC’s mandate is to support the development of national civil-military-police capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts and disasters overseas. The Preparedness Program operationalises this through:
- development of a ‘collaborative culture’ across civilian, military and police actors
- development of networks to increase knowledge of respective roles and responsibilities
- improving the capacity of agencies to operate in a whole-of-government setting, and
- increasing the ability of civilian, military and police actors to work together during a conflict or disaster response.
Developing an Australian preparedness model
The ACMC facilitates the development of an Australian preparedness model. In consultation with stakeholder agencies, we are working to provide a comprehensive and integrated understanding of preparedness from an inter-agency perspective. Our objective is to identify effective and sustainable mechanisms to build civil-military-police preparedness and to develop a framework for evaluating the outcomes.