Over the next five years, there will be an increasing focus on the inter-agency operability of all emergency services.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) June 13, 2014
The Police and Firefighting Services industry in Australia includes public order, safety and emergency services provided by police and firefighting organisations. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday, “the police force is unique in its characteristics and structure, given that it provides a general service of protection to the entire community.” Each state and territory is predominantly responsible for the operation of its own police service. The Federal Government is responsible for the Australian Federal Police, which polices national laws and provides community policing services in the Australian Capital Territory. The role of firefighting organisations includes responding to fires, investigating fires, developing safety codes, providing road accident rescue, managing hazardous materials and educating people about fire safety.
Major sporting, cultural or political events require additional police services. Further, one-off natural disasters, such as the catastrophic flooding in the eastern states over 2010-11 and the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria lead to increased emergency services demand and funding levels. These types of events also increase funding over the medium term, especially in cases where subsequent investigations identify improvements and shortcomings in the emergency response. IBISWorld expects that the Police and Firefighting Services industry will generate revenue of $14.9 billion in 2013-14, representing a forecast increase of 2.6% on the previous year. Revenue mainly comes from government funding, though it is also derived from donations, levies on property owners, direct user charges and insurance companies. Over the past five years, funding has been backed by population growth, which has led to an increase in demand for emergency services. “International terrorism, rising cyber crimes and weakening perceptions of safety of the community have also supported demand for police services,” says Allday. As a result of increased funding, industry revenue is expected to grow by an annualised 2.0% in the five years through 2013-14.
The industry exhibits a medium level of market share concentration. Major players include NSW Police Force, Police Department (Vic), Queensland Police Service, Australian Federal Police, Western Australia Police Service and South Australia Police. Over the five years through 2018-19, there will be an increasing focus on the inter-agency operability of all emergency services through standardised communications systems and the provision of inter-agency training and equipment. This trend has been driven by a number of operations over the past five years that required the skills of multiple units such as major floods and bushfires.
For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Police and Firefighting Services in Australia industry report page.
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Operators in this industry provide services to maintain public order and safety, such as policing, as well as services for emergencies, such as fires and road accidents. The industry comprises police services (including federal agencies) and fire brigades (metropolitan and country). It does not include ambulance services, corrective and detention centres, or private investigation and security services.
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