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The Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management (MCPEM) was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2017. MCPEM consists of Ministers for Police and Emergency Management from the Commonwealth, each state, territory, New Zealand and also the President of the Australian Local Government Association. MCPEM focuses on the broad themes of law enforcement reform and emergency management and will work actively to ensure all mainstream and Indigenous-specific policy, program and service delivery activities improve outcomes for Indigenous people. MCPEM will consider the impact of regulation on individuals, community organisations and business, and identify opportunities to reduce or remove this burden, wherever possible. MCPEM’s work program will include, where relevant, its existing responsibilities under Commonwealth and state legislation, National Agreements, Inter-Governmental Agreements, cross-sectoral arrangements, National Partnerships and any other governance arrangements, including the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. MCPEM will continue to work with the Council of Attorneys-General on cross-cutting issues of national significance including COAG priorities and comebacks. Members will consider issues that would benefit from a nationally consistent approach in the areas of criminal law, law enforcement, family violence and national security.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    G. Ministerial Councils and Related Bodies including those Established by the COAG

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  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    9 June 2017

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