About emergency response in Australia
Emergency response is a term for a series of appropriate actions and precautions taken in the event of a disaster.
The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) is engaged in several initiatives to ensure that disruptions to energy production and distribution in Australia are addressed promptly and effectively.
Emergency response plans are in place for the liquid fuels, gas and electricity sectors. These plans identify supply options, facilitate communication and ensure that effective approaches are in place in the event of a major disruption.
- Liquid fuels
The department provides secretariat support for the National Oil Supplies Emergency Committee (NOSEC).
NOSEC manages the National Liquid Fuel Emergency Response Plan (NLFERP) which details how Australian governments would respond to a liquid fuel emergency with national implications.
The department provides secretariat support and is also currently the Chair of the National Gas Emergency Response Advisory Committee (NGERAC).
NGERAC advises the Standing Council on Energy and Resources on efficient and effective responses to major multi-jurisdictional natural gas supply shortages to maintain the integrity of the gas supply system and overall public health and safety.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is the market operator of the National Electricity Market and the system operator of the national electricity grid.
A key responsibility of AEMO is to ensure the reliability and security of the power system, including interfacing with jurisdictions and the department with regards to emergency response protocols.
During a major power system emergency, AEMO provides leadership and decision making to ensure cooperation between industry participants and coordination with jurisdictional authorities.
For more information about energy emergency responses in Australia email the Australian Energy Security section at email@example.com.