Two handbooks submitted for inclusion in Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection

The Australian Emergency Management Arrangements and Incident Management Handbooks have been submitted to the National Recovery and Resilience Agency as suitable for acceptance into the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection.

In 2022 AIDR managed a minor review of the Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook to incorporate relevant changes to emergency management roles and responsibilities triggered by the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, including the new Australian Government legislation to declare a national emergency: National Emergency Declaration Bill 2020.

Australian Emergency Management Arrangements is a capstone Handbook in the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection. The Handbook provides a high level, scalable overview of how Australia addresses the risks and impacts of hazards through a collaborative approach to the prevention of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies. It supports a critical role in ongoing improvement to the sector’s disaster preparation, response, and recovery under the policy framework established by the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (COAG 2011), the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (Australian Government Department of Home Affairs 2018) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (UNDRR 2015).

Through 2020-22, AIDR continued the development of a new Incident Management Handbook. The Incident Management Handbook will present nationally agreed principles and generic guidance for good practice in incident management. It draws on and complements current good practice and provides guidance to entities in establishing an effective incident management capability. The handbook is not intended to be agency or industry specific.