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Policies, Guidelines and Forms

​​​​Queensland public records are at risk of being lost or damaged in disaster events. In circumstances such as natural disasters, authorisation for the disposal of damaged public records or notification of lost records may be required to ensure public authorities remain compliant with the Public Records Act 2002 (the Act). The loss of public records, including vital records, in a disaster significantly impact on a public authority, and result in a loss of corporate memory. 

Queensland State Archives provides advice on disaster preparedness and recovery at:

State level

Queensland Disaster Management 2016 Strategic Policy Statement

The Queensland Disaster Management 2016 Strategic Policy Statement  [PDF 224 KB] (the Statement) was endorsed by the Queensland Disaster Management Committee in November 2016.

The Statement's purpose is to inform the Queensland Government's strategic approach to keeping people safe and making communities more resilient to disaster risks and impacts.

The Statement meets the requirements for the Strategic Policy Framework as set out in the Disaster Management Act 2003 and referenced in the 2016 Queensland State Disaster Management Plan.

Queensland’s Emergency Management Assurance Framework

Standard for Disaster Management in Queensland

Disaster Recovery Coordinator Guide (PDF 729 KB)

The Disaster Recovery Coordinator Guide provides information and guidance on the roles, responsibilities, training and induction requirements, management arrangements and operational issues relating to DRC. The Guide applies to personnel appointed to the position of DRC for recovery operations after a disaster event and also those personnel listed on the Disaster Recovery Coordinator Register held by the State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator.

The Interim Queensland Recovery Plan (PDF 1.74MB) supersedes the Queensland Recovery Guideline, 2011 and the Queensland Recovery Guideline Addendum 2017.

Queensland Offers of Assistance Guidelines (PDF 1.85 MB)

Queensland Policy for Offers of Assistance (PDF 265 KB)

District level

Queensland District Disaster Management Guidelines*

Local level

Queensland Local Disaster Management Guidelines* (PDF 2.5 MB)

Queensland Evacuation Guidelines for Disaster Management Groups* (PDF 1 MB)

Local Disaster Management Group Public Information and Warnings Sub Plan Guide

Operational guidelines

Queensland Emergency Alert Guidelines

Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

Queensland Tsunami Notification Guidelines*

Queensland Resupply Guidelines*

Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters Operations Guidelines* (PDF 9.4 MB)

Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters Maintenance Guidelines (1st Edition)* (PDF 368 KB)

   Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Cyclones


National Planning Principles for Animals in Disasters​ (PDF 520 KB)

Queensland Disaster Management Training Framework (PDF 92 KB)​

Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements Participants Guide (PDF 2.17 MB)

Disaster Management Training Handbook (PDF 1.6 MB)

A Guide to Disaster Risk Management in Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities* (PDF 4 MB)

Nuclear Powered Warship Visits to the Port of Brisbane* (PDF 293 KB)

Nuclear Powered Warship Visits to the Port of Gladstone* (PDF 413 KB)

National Storm Tide Mapping Model for Emergency Response*

Tropical Cyclone Storm Tide Warning - Response System Handbook (12th Edition) (PDF 3,823kb)

Queensland chemical, biological and radiological plan

State of Queensland Multi-Agency Response Plan to Chemical, Biological, Radiological Incidents.* (PDF 304 KB)

Radiological Disaster Plan* (PDF396 KB)
Biological Disaster Plan* (PDF 436 KB)
Chemical / HAZMAT Plan* (PDF 421 KB)

Natural disaster response and recovery arrangements

For guidelines and forms associated with the Natural Disaster Response and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) please refer to the Financial Support section of this website.


Disaster Management Act 2003

Disaster Management Act 2003

Forms under the Act

Form DM1 - Direction about the exercise of powers under other Acts during disaster situations*

Form DM2 - Declaration of a disaster situation - district level*

Form DM3A - Extension of a disaster situation - district level*

Form DM3B - Extension of a disaster situation*

Form DM4 - Request to end a disaster situation - district level*

Form DM5 - Declaration of a disaster situation - state level*

Form DM6A - Extension of a disaster situation - state level*

Form DM6B - Extension of a disaster situation - state level*

Form DM7 - Request to end a disaster situation - state level*

Form DM8A - Authorisation for an individual to exercise declared disaster powers*

Form DM8B - Authorisation for a category or class of persons to exercise declared disaster powers*

Form DM9 - Authorisation of Declared Disaster Officers to remove dismantle demolish or destroy a building or other structure in a disaster situation*

Form DM10 - Notice of a direction about property*

Form DM11 - Authorisation of persons to exercise rescue powers*

Form DM12 - Application for Compensation*

Form DM13 - Authorisation to appoint a deputy*

*This publication was produced prior to the current government.