Understanding disaster risk and disaster risk reduction are international priorities as captured within the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 "Priorities for Action".
Under the Queensland State Disaster Management Plan, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is responsible for the conduct of a State level disaster risk assessment. The Queensland Emergency Risk Management Framework (QERMF) has been developed to inform risk based planning within the emergency management context in Queensland and has been endorsed by the Queensland Disaster Management Committee.
International practices were reviewed as well as the QERMF is underpinned by:
• ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – Principles and guidelines;
• SA/SNZ HB 436: 2013 Risk management guidelines – companion to AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009;
• SA/SNZ HB 89:2013 Risk management – Guidelines on risk assessment techniques;
• AS/NZS 5050: 2010 Business continuity – Managing disruption related risk; and
• National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (Australian Emergency Management Institute, 2015).
The QERMF recognises the relevant elements within the Emergency Management Assurance Framework from the Inspector General Emergency Management.
The application of the QERMF promotes opportunities for collaboration and communication between Government, industry stakeholders and the community across the three disaster management levels (local, district and state) in Queensland. It also promotes the identification of residual risk and risk based planning.
The QERMF assists key stakeholders working within Queensland's Disaster Management Arrangements to review existing natural disaster risk management processes and assist in enhancing resilience as well as directly enacted Priority 1 of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
Download a copy of the Queensland Emergency Risk Management Framework Fact Sheet
Download a copy of the QERMF Risk Assessment Handbook
Statewide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment
All Australian jurisdictions were required to produce a State level natural hazard risk assessment by 30 June 2017 as agreed to within the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council. A State level assessment has been conducted with the 7 most prevalent natural hazards in scope. QFES were supported in this undertaking by the Queensland Police Service, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Local Government Association of Queensland and through collaboration with numerous local governments and science based agencies at both the State and Australian Government level. The Queensland Disaster Management Committee endorsed this report on 28 August 2017 and it has been provided to the Australian Government.
Download a copy of the Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment 2017 ( Full document 17 Mb)
Download a copy of the Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment 2017 Part A - Disaster Risk Global to State (9 Mb)
Download a copy of the Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment 2017 Part B - Queensland The State Context (4 Mb)
Download a copy of the Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment 2017 Part C - Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment (9 Mb)