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.
Disaster Management Standards and Assurance
Standard for Disaster Management in Queensland
Queensland’s Emergency Management Assurance Framework
BCP A Better Practise Guide for Disasters - Aged Care Facilities* (2 MB)
Keeping Our Mob ClimateSafe Fact Sheet* (132 KB)
Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements Participants Guide (PDF 2.17 MB)
DIY Using sandbags to protect your home and business
Emergency REDiPlan: Household preparedness for people with a disability, their family and carers.
Queensland Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Training Strategy
Nuclear Powered Warship Visits to the Port of Brisbane* (PDF 293 KB)
Nuclear Powered Warship Visits to the Port of Gladstone* (PDF 413 KB)
Tropical Cyclone Storm Tide Warning - Response System Handbook (12th Edition) (PDF 3,823kb)
Disaster Management Reviews
From November 2014 through to May 2015 Queensland endured several significant weather events – including Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Tropical Cyclones Nathan and Lam, as well as their devastating effects such as the related flooding in the Callide Valley.
Five key government agencies undertook six evaluations seeking to improve disaster responses.
Additionally, the Inspector-General, Emergency Management (IGEM), a role established in 2013 to provide assurance of public safety in the area of disaster and emergency management, undertook a further five reviews. These reviews and their recommendations are available on the IGEM
Reports and Publication page.
These evaluations resulted in 160 recommendations and of these recommendations, 103 (65%) have already been delivered and as a result, Queensland was well placed to respond swiftly to recent disaster events. Improvements include:
A new Immediate Hardship Assistance—Essential Services grant, for people who have lost one or more essential services, such as power, for more than five days. A $150 grant is available per person or up to $750 for a family of five or more.
An online grants portal for people experiencing immediate personal hardship following a disaster, is currently in development. This will allow people who have been impacted by a disaster to apply, be assessed and receive payments direct to their bank account without having to queue for hours at a recovery centre.
A revision of roles and responsibilities, with Queensland Reconstruction Authority now coordinating whole-of-government disaster recovery, resilience and mitigation policy including flood risk management.
The creation of a standing state recovery coordination role, to be filled by an existing senior executive officer. This role will facilitate better coordination of recovery planning and preparations across the range of agencies involved in the long term recovery of individuals and communities impacted by disasters.
Remaining recommendations will be progressively implemented over the coming months, taking note of lessons learned from Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Further information is available by clicking on the links below:
Further information on how to get ready for the disaster season, disaster resources and financial support can be obtained from the Queensland Government's Disaster Management website:
*This publication was produced prior to the current government.