The scale and impact of Queensland’s weather events make it
the most disaster prone state in Australia. Local and District Disaster
Management Groups and the Queensland Disaster management Committee play a vital
role in managing and responding to disasters and supporting fellow Queenslanders
through these events.
The Disaster Management Act 2003 (the
Act) clearly articulates disaster management stakeholders must be ready and
equipped to help the community prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from
both natural and man-made disasters. This Prevention, Preparedness, Response
and Recovery Disaster Management Guideline has been developed to provide
guidance to local, district and state disaster management stakeholders with
regard to their functions, obligations and legislative requirements under the
This guideline outlines a comprehensive end-to end process
for the steps to be undertaken through each of the phases of disaster
management, specifically addressing roles and responsibilities of disaster
management stakeholders, prevention and mitigation strategies, preparedness arrangements
and considerations for planning, the activation of response arrangements, the recovery
process and financial arrangements.
The guideline is enhanced by a suite of toolkit items that
ensure disaster management stakeholders are fully supported in the planning and
management of disaster management requirements.
In the spirit of continuous improvement, the guideline will
be reviewed and updated to reflect the changing needs of stakeholders and the
collaborative nature of Queensland’s disaster management arrangements.
This ongoing process will capture lessons identified and
ensure this document remains a relevant practical resource.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is tasked with
creating safe and resilient communities and to minimising the impact and
consequences of emergencies on the people, property, environment and economy of
Queensland. To achieve this shared outcome for the state, QFES works side by
side with our many stakeholders and partners. It is together that we deliver on
this responsibility and together that we recognise the critical relationships
and roles we all perform.
I thank all stakeholders for their contribution to the development
of the guideline and their continued support and commitment towards our
community’s disaster resilience.
Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services