Emergency Preparedness Award

In partnership with:

Fire & Safety Australia


The Emergency Preparedness Award acknowledges and recognises a positive contribution of an individual, emergency team, or organisation in planning and preparedness for potential emergency events and situations that may occur at their workplace.  

Work health and safety (WHS) is predominantly targeted at, and focused on, proactive measures to ensure effective health and safety, and in the prevention of accidents / incidents. However, accidents / incidents do and may continue to occur at workplaces and when they do, further harm can result from the emergency event or situation, or the severity may be increased.     

Organisation’s that identify potential emergency events, develop contingency plans, train and equip selected personnel to respond and deal with emergencies, or resulting crises, are more effective at reducing the risk of harm overall from the event, and thereby improving WHS.    


The selection criteria for this award include the following:  

  1. The nature and features of the workplace, the types of potential emergency events, and the approach to planning and preparing for emergencies. 
  2. Attributes of the emergency management capability of the organisation and level of preparedness to deal with an emergency, including the contribution of individuals or emergency teams being nominated, and how any real emergencies were managed. 
  3. The benefit or improvement in WHS that the emergency preparedness has provided, including potential benefits or broader industry or general application.   


Entry to this award is open to all individuals, emergency teams, or businesses and undertakings that operate in Western Australia, including the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sectors.  

Individuals and business entities being nominated for this award must provide written permission for the nomination and for its use in WHS Foundation promotional materials.   


Submissions must include a clear written summary addressing the selection criteria below. (Up to 500 words in MS Word or PDF). However, to compliment the written submission, applicants are encouraged to also submit a short video (max 3 minutes) and additional supporting material including: documents, photographs, video / audio, web links or other relevant information with their submission     


A judging panel comprising 3 to 5 judges will qualitatively assess applications against the criteria above and select a short list of award finalists. One winner from the shortlisted finalists will be determined that, in the opinion of the judging panel, best demonstrates achievement of the award category and criteria.  


Finalists will be notified in advance of the award ceremony. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Saturday 14 October 2023 at the gala event at the Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth.