Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency

Infobox Government agency
agency_name = A.C.T. Emergency Services Agency
logo =
logo_width = 200 px
logo_caption =
formed = 2006
preceding1 =
dissolved =
superseding =
jurisdiction = Government of the Australian Capital Territory
employees =
budget = AUS$66.794m [ACT Government Budget 2008/09 - Budget Paper 4: Budget Estimates, en icon]
chief1_name = Mr Gregor Manson
chief1_position = Commissioner
parent_agency = ACT Department of Justice & Community Safety
child1_agency = ACT Ambulance Service
child2_agency = ACT Fire Brigade
child3_agency = ACT Rural Fire Service
child4_agency = ACT State Emergency Service
website = []
footnotes =

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 [ "Emergencies Act 2004" (ACT) en icon] . The mission of the ACT ESA is to protect and preserve life, property and the environment in the ACT.

The ACT ESA is responsible for:
*determining the overall strategic direction and management of the emergency services (including by advising the Minister on capability and preparedness);
*educating the community and improving its preparedness for emergencies;
*providing common planning, administrative and logistics support for the emergency services, including common communications and emergency coordination centres.


The Commissioner, ESA reports to Chief Executive of the Department of Justice & Community Safety, who is responsible to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The ACT ESA comprises: four emergency service agencies and several support areas, including: Training Services, Technical Services, Risk & Planning Services, IT Support & Communications. The four operational agencies are:
*ACT Ambulance Service
*ACT Fire Brigade
*ACT Rural Fire Service
*ACT State Emergency Service.


*2003-2006 Peter Dunn
*2006-present Gregor Manson



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.


* [ "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.]

ee also

*ACT Ambulance Service
*Gregor Manson, ESA Commissioner
*Peter Dunn, former ESA Commissioner
*ACT Fire Brigade

External links

* [ ACT Emergency Services Agency Website]
* [ ACT Ambulance Service Website]
* [ ACT Fire Brigade Website]
* [ ACT Rural Fire Service Website]
* [ ACT State Emergency Service Website]
* [ ACT Government Website]
* [ ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety Website]

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