Joe Buffone

Joe Buffone
Assistant Secretary (acting)
Department of Home Affairs

Joe Buffone is currently the Acting Assistant Secretary, Crisis Management Branch, his substantive role is the Director Planning and Engagement, Crisis Management Branch at Emergency Management Australia. He has held this position since December 2016.

He was previously the Chief Officer of the Country Fire Authority in Victoria and has more than 25 years’ experience in Emergency/Disaster and Security Management.

Joe has held a number of key senior positions including:

  • Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner
  • Deputy Chief Officer County Fire Authority
  • Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner
  • State Marine Pollution Controller
  • Emergency & Security Coordinator for Department of Infrastructure.

Joe has led two major national projects

  1. National Project Director for Emergency Alert –National Telephone Warning System Project post Black Saturday. This was an $80m project nationally led from concept to operationalization in 7 months.
  2. Development of the road map for the Next Generation National Fire Danger Rating System.

Joe is a level 3 Incident Controller has had direct involvement in coordinating and responding to major emergencies in Australia and internationally, at the Strategic, Operational and Tactical levels. Some examples are; PNG Earthquake, TC Gita Tonga, Cyclone Debbie 2017, Tasmanian Bushfires 2016, Wye River Bushfires 2016, Nepal Earth Quake 2015, Somerton Building Waste Fire 2015, Hazelwood Mine Fire 2014. NSW Bushfires 2014, 2011 Victorian Floods, 2009 Black Saturday Fires in Victoria.

Joe has also served in the Special Air Service Regiment of the Australian Defence Force.