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Tasmanian Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines

The Tasmanian Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (TERAG) and associated templates and tools are intended to provide an easy to follow process that produces consistent and reliable risk assessments for emergency management purposes. 

It is anticipated that these risk assessments will provide the basis for maintaining current controls and identifying new treatments, to manage existing and emerging risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards to Tasmania’s people, economy, environment, social setting and administration.

These draft guidelines complement the risk management process in the Tasmanian Emergency Management Plan (TEMP) (in development) and the draft SEMC Emergency Management Planning Policy (in development).  The draft policy includes the Tasmanian Emergency Management Principles and Tasmanian Emergency Risk Management Framework. 

This draft guidelines reflect risk management methodologies to natural hazards tested in the 2012 and 2016 Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment (TSNDRA) projects

Human-induced (man-made and behavioural) hazards such as intentional violence (e.g. terrorism) have not been analysed through a NERAG approach at state level in Tasmania as yet. That said, the principles, framework and methodology outlined in the policy and guidelines are equally applicable to these hazards and should be utilised. Should further information be required relating to terrorism, Special Response and Counter-Terrorism (SRCT), at Tasmania Police provide the focal point for Tasmanian Government counter-terrorism activities. SRCT can provide advice on security risk assessments as they relate to terrorism (SRCT@police.tas.gov.au).

Tasmanian Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines Toolbox

This Tasmanian Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (TERAG) Toolbox contains a suite of resources to assist Tasmanian emergency management committees, hazard management authorities and other organisations undertake emergency management risk assessments.

Utilising these resources will deliver risk assessments that meet the requirements of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) draft Emergency Management Planning Policy and the Tasmanian Emergency Management Plan, and are consistent with the Australian Emergency Management Handbook 10 - National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines Link to External Site (NERAG) and associated Practice Guide 10.1 - NERAG Link to External Site.

The following resources numbered 1 to 7 should be downloaded by risk assessment workshop facilitators and participants to assist with the conduct of risk assessments:

  1. Tasmanian Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (TERAG)
  2. TERAG Quick Guide
  3. TERAG Tables and Templates
    1. Risk Assessment Summary Report Template
    2. Priority Risks Template
    3. Risk Assessment Workshop Attendance Template
    4. Workshop Checklist Template
    5. Establish the Scope Template
    6. Hazard Scenario Template
    7. Printed Risk Register Template
  4. TERAG Risk Statement Tool
  5. TERAG Interactive Consequence Table
  6. TERAG Risk Register Tool
  7. Torrens Resilience Institute Toolkit and Scorecard v2 

Prior to Risk assessment workshops facilitators and participants are encouraged to undertake the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience NERAG Online Training Link to External Site to deepen their understanding of the NEARG process. The State Emergency Service can also be contacted (sesplanning@ses.tas.gov.au) for advice on TERAG training and the conduct of risk assessment workshops in accordance with the TERAG methodology. 

Acknowledgements

The Tasmanian Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines and Toolbox were developed by the State Emergency Service on behalf of the State Emergency Management Committee with assistance from an Australian Government grant under the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

The State Emergency Service acknowledges the assistance of the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services's Office of Emergency Management in providing advice, insights and examples of Western Australian guidelines and resources.