Australian Emergency Management
This website provides the key online access point for emergency management information from the Australian Government. The Minister for Justice is responsible for national emergency management and disaster resilience. The site provides information about Australian and regional emergency management, in a national security context, including content on policy formulation, national emergency operations and development of national and international capability. For more information visit our organisation page.
For information on recovery assistance following a disaster visit the Disaster Assist website.
The latest emergency management media releases:
Resilient Australia Awards—photographs now open for public voting
The photos depict perspectives of ‘a disaster resilient Australia’. Photos can be viewed on Flickr through the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub. Voting is via Flickr or email to firstname.lastname@example.org and closes on 30 September 2014. The winning photograph will be published on the front cover of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
National Emergency Management Projects for 2014–2015 announced
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan has announced $3.7 million in grants to assist Australian communities better prepare, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergencies. In 2014–15 the Federal Government will fund 19 nationally-significant projects under the National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) Program, reinforcing its commitment to building a disaster resilient Australia. For more information visit the National Emergency Management Projects 2014–2015 page.
Communique from the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council
The inaugural meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) was held on 4 July 2014 in Melbourne. Ministers from Commonwealth, each state and territory and New Zealand with portfolio responsibility for law and justice, police and emergency management were in attendance as was a representative of the Australian Local Government Association.
The LCCSC was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). It replaces two previously separate councils—the Standing Council on Law and Justice (SCLJ) and the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM).
The communique can be found on the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council website. Topics mentioned in the communique include a climate outlook by the Bureau of Meteorology; revision of the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines; a new national fire danger ratings system; and emergency alert upgrade and system replacement.
Transition of AEMI to a virtual institute
The government has announced the transition of the Australian Emergency Management Institute to a virtual institute that will operate out of Canberra. In the interim, it is business as usual. For more information visit the Australian Emergency Management Institute page.
Australian Emergency Management Arrangements handbook
This handbook outlines the principles, structures and procedures that support national coordination of emergency management in Australia and its offshore territories and also support Australians affected by emergencies overseas. It is available for download or purchase as Handbook 9 of the Australian Emergency Management Handbook Series.
Australian Journal of Emergency Management
The latest edition of AJEM is now available. This edition has a foreword from the New Zealand Minister for Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye.
To view the journal, visit the Australian Journal of Emergency Management site.
Emergency Management Australia Podcast
The Attorney-General's Department produces the Emergency Management Australia Podcast. New episodes are published monthly and cover the latest issues in emergency management from dealing with bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis, to complex policy development or program delivery. We draw our content from the emergency management community, including interviews with everyone from the Australian Government Minister for Justice to the volunteers on the ground. Subscribe free of charge through Sticher or iTunes, or directly from our hosting provider Buzzsprout.
Suggest content for future episodes through the Emergency Management Australia LinkedIn group.
Launch of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan has launched the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. The centre was established with a $47 million contribution over eight years from the Australian Government—a commitment that was supported by the states and territories.
The centre will conduct coordinated and interdisciplinary research, including working with communities to improve disaster resilience and reduce the human, social, economic and environmental costs from bushfires and other natural hazards. For more information visit the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC website.
National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework
Ministers approved the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework at the Standing Council of Police and Emergency Management meeting 4–5 July 2013.
Designed specifically for the emergency management sector, the framework offers a practical approach to community engagement—placing community at the centre of the process. It is available for download as Handbook 6 of the Australian Emergency Management Handbook Series from this website.
Communicating with people with disability—National guidelines for emergency management
These guidelines have been designed to support emergency managers to better understand the varied communication needs of people with disability. A quick guide has also been developed that can help emergency managers identify ways to address the communication needs of community members. More information can be found on the Communicating with People with Disability: National Guidelines for Emergency Managers page.
Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub launched
Phase Three of the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub has been launched by the Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management. The Knowledge Hub provides information and an evidence-base to help Australians plan and better prepare for disasters. For more information visit the Knowledge Hub.
National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
In February 2011 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) adopted the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. This strategy provides guidance on building disaster resilient communities across Australia. To access the strategy, visit the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience page.
DisasterWatch phone app
The Attorney-General's Department supports the free DisasterWatch phone app providing news and information about disaster events in Australia. Since its launch, more than 29,000 downloads have been recorded. To access details on the app, visit the DisasterWatch phone app page.
Triple Zero (000)
Knowing how to call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency can be the difference between life and death. The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact police, fire or ambulance services in life threatening or emergency situations. Calls to Triple Zero (000) are free and can be made from mobile, home, payphone and work phones. For more information, visit the Triple Zero (000) page.