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:
Australian Journal of Emergency Management
The latest issue of AJEM is now available. The foreword is written by Chris Moraitis PSM, Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department and Chair of the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee, who discusses the department's upcoming review of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience.
The issue also includes articles on social media and the role it plays in emergency management, an assessment of community disaster resilience for small, high-risk communities on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and how aged people can be better informed and prepared for disasters.
To view the journal, visit the Australian Journal of Emergency Management site.
Productivity Commission draft report on natural disaster funding arrangements
The Productivity Commission completed a public inquiry into the efficacy of current national natural disaster funding arrangements in December 2014. For more information visit the Natural disaster funding page on the Productivity Commission website.
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.
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
The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework was approved by the Standing Council of Police and Emergency Management meeting.
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.
Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub
The Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub provides information and an evidence-base to help Australians plan and better prepare for disasters. The Knowledge Hub is a virtual and an actual knowledge environment and includes a research clearing house, historical disaster database, case studies, social media, blogs and access to resources in the Australian Emergency Management Library. For more information visit the Knowledge Hub.
National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Strategy for Disaster Resilience 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.