Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

QLD: Lunch Time Lecture - Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM - "Today's Fire and Emergency Services in QLD" - "Undder One banner a Last"

  • 15 Nov 2017
  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Brisbane


RUSIQ LECTURE
Wednesday 15th November 2017
R.U.S.I Hall, Victoria Bks -1200 for 1245 hrs
Today’s Fire and Emergency Services in QLD – under one banner at last.

Presented by: Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM

Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) was established as a department on 1 November 2013 and sits within the public safety portfolio, under the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services.
QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and the State Emergency Service (SES).

Through Service Agreements, QFES also supports other emergency response volunteer organisations/agencies including Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), Royal Life Saving Society Queensland (RLSSQ), Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland (VMRAQ).
Each organisation had its unique area of operation and culture. Many of these organisations also have their workforce profile changing dramatically, while the volunteer organisations have had to manage a declining community volunteer ethos. Commissioner Carroll and her leadership team have strived to bring these organisations together despite the myriad of challenges.

While every Queensland summer has the potential severely test the impact resistance of our state’s infrastructure and our emergency response capability, 2018 also brings the challenges of the Commonwealth Games to South East Queensland. No doubt QFES is preparing for the worst, while continuing the process of change.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: Victoria Barracks remains at a heightened level of security and all visitors must be registered with the Base Security Office. Therefore, if you wish to attend this lunch time lecture, please advise your intention to attend to the RUSIQ Office, preferably no later than Wednesday 8 March, preferably by email. RUSIQ has limited volunteer staff numbers in the office. Late registrations may be left on the RUSIQ telephone.
On the lecture day please park inside the Barracks and proceed directly to the registration desk inside the RUSI Hall.
Email: rusiq@optusnet.com.au
Telephone: Secretary: 0411 511 369


Commissioner Carroll joined the Queensland Police Service in 1983 and worked in various roles early in her career including Detective work, a Commission of Inquiry, Criminal Investigation Branches, the Joint Organised Crime Task Force and the Covert Unit.
She undertook a number of senior roles throughout Queensland and, in 2010, was promoted to Assistant Commissioner. In 2012 she undertook the role of Program Executive, G20 Group where she planned and was the Operations Commander for Australia’s largest peacetime security operation.
In January 2015 Katarina was appointed as the Interim Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and was permanently appointed to the position in August 2015. The QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service.
Commissioner Carroll has several tertiary qualifications including an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She has achieved numerous international, national and State awards, including the Australian Police Medal and more recently the national Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia. Katarina was also named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2015. She is married with two teenage children.



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