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Disaster Management Guideline

Prevention Preparedness, Response and Recovery Disaster Management Guideline


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 Act.

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.

Katarina Carroll APM

Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services