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AIDR logoAustralian Institute for Disaster Resilience - is a partnership between AFAC, the Australian Red Cross (ARC) and the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC). As part of its responsibilities, AIDR has taken over services previously managed by the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI), including the Knowledge Hub, the Australian Journal for Emergency Management and the Schools Education website.

Australian Red CrossAustralian Red Cross - Helps to reconnect families separated by war and conflict, provide breakfasts to school children, help people and families in crisis, check on the wellbeing of elderly Australians each day, support newly arrived asylum seekers and help people prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.
Aust. Resuscitation CouncilAustralian Resuscitation Council - Voluntary coordinating body which represents all major groups involved in the practice and teaching of resuscitation. Its aim is to promote uniformity and standardisation of resuscitation across Australia.
BOMBureau of Meteorology (BOM) - Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones.

CareFlightCareFlight - CareFlight doctors and nurses are specially trained in pre-hospital and transport medicine. They care for severely injured patients who need emergency treatment at the scene of the incident. They also transport seriously ill patients who need to be moved between hospitals.

CSIRO logoCSIRO - CSIRO has research projects and information on Emergency Response Intelligence Capability (ERIC) - collects data about emergencies, displays data on a map-based interface and helps generate reports for specific locations; and Emergency Situation Awareness (ESA) - analyses Twitter messages posted during disasters and crises... and so much more 

EMA logoEmergency Management Australia (EMA) - This website provides the key online access point for emergency management information from the Australian Government. 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.

EM Knowledge HubAustralian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub provides research, resources and news relevant to emergency management and includes statistics and information, photos, video and media about past disaster events.

Geoscience logoGeoscience Australia monitors and assesses earthquakes in order to inform risk mitigation and emergency management activities.
Lifeline logoLifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

St John LogoSt John Ambulance is a major national charitable organisation, operating in all States and Territories of Australia and dedicated to the relief of persons in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.

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New South Wales

NSW Ambulance logoAmbulance Service of NSW - Responding to Triple Zero (000) calls and providing emergency medical assistance is the primary responsibility of Ambulance Service NSW. Supporting the front line paramedics deliver emergency medical care, are a number of special operational units including: aeromedical and medical retrieval services, counter disaster, rapid response, rescue, snow and special casualty access teams.

NSW FRS logo Fire and Rescue NSW - Respond to rescues, hazardous materials incidents and possible terrorism activities across the State. They work with other government agencies to minimise the impact of bushfires, storms, floods, landslides, building collapses, motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies. They also run prevention and preparedness programs to prevent these emergencies and reduce their impact on the community.
NSW PF logoNSW Police Force - Operates on land, sea and from the air and their role includes performing and coordinating emergency and rescue operations; traffic control; communications; intelligence analysis; and anti-terrorist negotiation.

NSW RFS logoNSW Rural Fire Service - Provide fire and emergency services to rural NSW and are responsible for Bush and grass fires; House and structure fires; Storm damage; Search and rescue; Motor vehicle accidents; Community education; and Bush fire mitigation.

NSW SES logoNSW SES major responsibilities are for flood and storm operations. The SES also provides the majority of general rescue efforts in the rural parts of the state. This includes road accident rescue, vertical rescue, bush search and rescue, evidence searches (both metropolitan and rural) and other forms of specialist rescue that may be required due to local threats. The Service's trained rescuers also support the full-time emergency services during major disasters.

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Northern Territory

Bushfires NT logoBushfires NT - Lead government agency for rural fire management in the Northern Territory.
DCM logoCentre For Disease Control (CDC) - Responsible for the development and implementation of the Territory's immunisation program, and provides advice and education to health staff and the public on immunisation. Surveillance for more than 90 notifiable diseases and mounting the necessary public health responses, including the management of outbreaks, also forms part of its core business. 
DCM logoDepartment of Health - Responsible for providing a wide range of health and family services to Territorians.
DCM logoDepartment of the Chief Minister - Central strategic coordinating arm of Government in the NT. The Department is also home to a number of strategic government units, including Social Policy and Security and Emergency Recovery.
NTES logoNorthern Territory Emergency Services The Northern Territory Emergency Service is responsible for facilitating Emergency Management planning, raising public awareness of potential disasters and providing a response capability for emergency events through dedicated volunteers, in cooperation with NT and Local Government, as well as community groups.
NTFRS logoNorthern Territory Fire and Rescue Service plays a major part in ensuring the safety of all Territorians by attending a wide range of incidents such as road accidents, chemical spills, industrial accidents, structure fires, grass and bush fires as well as investigating the cause of fire and building and plan inspections and educating the public about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety.
 NTPS logoNorthern Territory Police Service The Police Commissioner of the NT also serves as the Emergency Controller for all Territory-wide disasters. The NTPS through the Tactical Response Group also respond to armed offenders and bombs and are responsible for counter disaster operations; search and rescue; vertical rescue; and terrorist threats.

SecureNT logoSecureNT is your gateway to information on preparing for and getting through emergency situations in the Northern Territory.

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Ambulance VIC logoAmbulance Victoria plays a key part in state and national preparedness for major incidents and has a defined role under the State Emergency Management Arrangements and State Health Emergency Response Plan. The Emergency Management Department undertakes emergency management training and exercises to hone operational skills and capability.
 Floodsafe logoFloodSafe - SES units sandbag to protect property and infrastructure from floods, as well as assisting Victoria Police with evacuations.
MFB VIC logoMetropolitan Fire Brigade (VIC) delivers fire and emergency management services and develops prevention programs that improve community safety and build resilience.
VIC Police logo Victoria Police's major role is responding to calls for assistance in matters of personal and public safety, emergencies and serious incidents.
Quakesafe logoQuakeSafe - Along with assisting in evacuations and temporary repairs, SES units undertake search and rescue following earthquakes.
VIC SES logoVictoria State Emergency Service Coordinating emergency preparation and response for flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake is the organisation’s primary role. 
Stormsafe logoStormSafe - Following severe storms, SES units can provide temporary repairs – like tarping – to damaged structures, and clear fallen trees and branches so that they no longer pose a danger.
Tsunamisafe logoTsunamiSafe - SES units provide warnings and public advice, along with assisting evacuations and undertaking search and rescue following tsunamis.

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Australian/New Zealand (AS/NZS) and International Standards (ISO)

Note: Access to view copies of Standards can be accessed through the CDU Library online through a search of the database under 'S' or online through Standards Australia website. All Standards are copyright material.

  • AS 1851:2012 - Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
  • AS 3745:2010 - Planning for Emergencies in Facilities
  • AS 4083:2010 - Planning for Emergencies - Health Care Facilities
  • AS/NZS 5050:2010 - Business Continuity - Managing disruption-related risk
  • AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 - Risk Management - Principles and Guidelines

Commonwealth (national) Legislation

ACT Legislation

QLD Legislation

NSW Legislation

NT Legislation

SA Legislation

TAS Legislation

VIC Legislation

WA Legislation

Further information on emergency management can be found through the resources below:

  • Australian Emergency Management Glossary (PDF 786KB)
  • Emergency Management in Australia - Concepts and Principles (PDF 933KB)
  • Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub: The Knowledge Hub provides research, resources and news relevant to emergency management and includes statistics and information, photos, video and media about past disaster events.
  • Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC): AFAC developed the Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System (AIIMS) for Australia, based upon the North American NIIMS and similar to the NZ CIMS systems. AIIMS is the nationally recognised system of incident management for the nation's fire and emergency service agencies; organizational principles and structure used to manage bushfires and other large emergencies (e.g. floods, storms, cyclones etc.) utilizing the all agencies approach.
  • Australian Journal of Emergency Management: The Australian Journal of Emergency Management (AJEM) is a refereed journal which publishes original papers (academic and practitioner) in areas of emergencies and natural disaster hazards.
  • Emergency Management Australia (EMA): Emergency Management Australia/Australian Emergency Management is part of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and is responsible for operational coordination of responses to all hazards, including natural disasters, terrorism and pandemics. Also incorporates the national security hotline, disaster relief, dignitary protection and protective security.
  • Disaster Resilient Australia: In 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to adopt a whole-of-nation resilience-based approach to disaster management, which recognises that a national, coordinated and cooperative effort is needed to enhance Australia’s capacity to withstand and recover from emergencies and disasters.


Internal training

Mandatory University training

  • Fire awareness and emergency evacuation training: two hours (online self-study) - mandatory for all new staff. Contact SEW on 8946 6494 or email for more information.

First aid

  • First aid training: two-day course. Contact SEW on 8946 6494 or email to arrange a time/day.

Risk management

  • Risk management training: three-hour course. Contact SEW on 8946 6494 or email arrange a time/day.
  • Risk management for fieldwork: three-hour course. Contact SEW on 8946 6494 or email to arrange a time/day.


  • Emergency warden training: one day course. Contact SEW on 8946 6494 or email to arrange a time/day.

University courses

Resources for emergency management

In 2014 the University awarded an Innovation Grant to the Emergency and Risk Management team to create some emergency procedures posters. These posters are displayed across all University sites in high-use areas and are intended primarily as a preparedness tool prior to emergencies as well as a "memory jogger" during an emergency.

If you would like to order extra posters to display in for example, your office, workshop, laboratory or near your first aid kit, or if you need to replace a damaged poster, then please contact and they will be forwarded to you free of charge.

Resources for first aid

The following first aid posters are current as of July 2015 and have been kindly supplied with permission from the Australian Red Cross. The information in these posters does not replace first aid training. The Australian Red Cross recommends that everyone is trained in first aid. Please feel free to download and print these posters.

The Australian Red Cross has also produced a free first aid mobile app available for download through your app store.