Queensland Disaster Management 2016 Strategic Policy Statement
Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Disaster Management Guideline Transition - May 2018
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 (PDF 2.3 MB).
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* (PDF 2 MB)
Keeping Our Mob ClimateSafe Fact Sheet* (PDF 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 Operations Activities
SDCC Annual Report July 2015-June 2016 (PDF 1.25 MB)
Disaster Operations Activities January-June 2015 (PDF 1,002 KB)
Disaster Operations Activities January-June 2014 (PDF 1.80 MB)
Disaster Operations Activities July-December 2013 (PDF 398 KB)
Queensland Disaster Management Committee
These reports highlight disaster management activities undertaken during the relevant financial year together with details of disaster operations and information about priorities for disaster management.
Queensland Disaster Management Committee Annual Report 2015-2016 (PDF 1.27 MB)
Queensland Disaster Management Committee Annual Report 2014-2015 (PDF 11.15 MB)
State Disaster Management Group Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF 3.60 MB)
Queensland Emergency Risk Management Framework
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".
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.
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.