1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Dec 2006  
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The Information Paper: Emergency Management Information Development Plan (cat. no. 1385.0) was released on 31 October 2006.

The Emergency Management Information Development Plan (EMIDP) is a national framework of emergency management research initiatives in Australia. The EMIDP identifies key issues and data items for consideration; presents agreed priorities and plans for improving relevance, coverage, comparability and quality of information; and identifies responsibilities for progressing individual strands of work, and monitoring overall progress. It has been designed as a workplan for the sector and is an attempt to provide an integrated and coordinated approach to this work.

The discussion paper provides a framework to improve the information needed by the emergency management sector in Australia and sets information requirements within the context of emerging national emergency management policy. It also looks at six key priority information gaps within emergency management with associated proposals for the development of sources to fill these gaps.

Supporting the EMIDP is a detailed Data Needs Matrix (cat. no. 1385.0.55.001), a framework designed with the flexibility to reflect the wider sphere of the emergency management community's information needs. It is a living document and can adapt to suit future changes in the needs of the emergency management community and forms a basis for further consideration and organisation of priorities for research within emergency management.

The national EMIDP and the accompanying Data Needs Matrix have been developed by the Emergency Management Information Development Plan Working Group. The Working Group membership includes representatives from emergency services agencies in each state and territory as well as Australian Government agencies, with responsibilities for emergency management. In developing the EMIDP extensive consultation has taken place with a large range of Australian, state and territory agencies, as well as emergency management peak bodies and other non-government agencies.

Comments on the Matrix, or the EMIDP itself, will be referred to the Working Group to enable regular updating of the Matrix. Comments should be directed to: The Secretariat Emergency Management Information Development Plan Working Group Email: emergency.management.information@abs.gov.au.

For further information contact Jill Tomlinson on (02) 9268 4123, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au.

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