Agency in charge of bushfire recovery in need of public servants


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The new National Bushfire Recovery Agency tasked with coordinating a long-term recovery plan is looking to recruit public servants from a wide range of sectors.

The agency is based within the portfolio of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and has been charged with developing the delivery of a plan for the rebuild and resilience of bushfire affected communities.

While a temporary employment register has already been established, an agency spokesperson told The Mandarin further opportunities would be advertised on the recently refreshed APS Jobs website once structure and governance frameworks have been put in place.

They said that staff have initially been drawn from existing resources within PM&C and across the APS, with widespread support from other areas.

“Commonwealth agencies are making a significant effort to support the agency in its establishment — and there has been strong interest from across all sectors,” they said.

The agency would be modelled on recent taskforces such as the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency and Joint Agency Drought Taskforce, according to the spokesperson.

“We have and will continue to engage with the Drought and Flood Response Agency,” they said.

The agency would report to Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud. Its duties include improving working relationships with all levels of government, working with Commonwealth agencies on recovery and rebuild activities, and advising the Commonwealth on the economic and social impacts of bushfires on communities.

The agency must also work with stakeholders in bushfire affected communities, and ensure the communities have access to support and services.

While staffing numbers and structure have not yet been finalised, staff from the agency have already started travelling to affected areas to assess damage, meet key stakeholders and listen to communities.

For more information on the skills and expertise being sought, visit the agency’s temporary employment register. Applications via the register close February 23, and require a 300 word pitch.

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