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:
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 iTunes, or directly from our hosting provider Buzzsprout.
Suggest content for future episodes through the Emergency Management Australia LinkedIn group.
Australian Journal of Emergency Management
The latest volume of AJEM is now available. This is a special edition on children, youth and education. This edition includes research and articles that consider the vulnerability of children and younger people and explore how they can be strong contributors to collaborative and community-based solutions. Education and other initiatives can provide children and youth with growing competencies for managing problems such as disasters.
To view the journal, visit the AJEM Current Issue page.
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.
2013 National Resilient Australia Awards
Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has presented awards to the recipients of the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards at a ceremony at the War Memorial in Canberra. The award entries showcase innovative and creative ways to prepare for emergencies and disasters and develop community resilience. Twenty projects have been recognised from 170 entries received from all states and territories. For details of award recipients visit the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards page.
Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM)
SCPEM comprises Australian and New Zealand ministers for police and emergency management together with a representative from the Australian Local Government Association. Following their meeting in the Northern Territory on 7 and 8 November 2013, SCPEM released a communiqué which referenced a range of national emergency management matters. You will find all the details in the communiqué.
From Left to Right: John Hamilton (New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management), the Hon David Southwick MP (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Vic), the Hon Michel O'Brien MP (Minister for Police & Minister for Emergency Services SA), the Hon Michael Keenan MP (Minister for Justice), the Hon Adam Giles MLA (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services NT), the Hon Jack Dempsey MP (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services' Qld), the Hon Simon Corbell MLA (Minister for Police and Emergency Services ACT), Councillor Gregory Belz (Australian Local Government Association).
NEW—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.
Award for Pictorial community safety action guides
The Australian Emergency Management Institute has been awarded the 2013 Emergency Management Resilience Award for its Pictorial community safety action guides. The award was presented on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Australasia 10th annual conference and exhibition in Adelaide.
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.