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  • Queensland Government

    Q u e e n s l a n dS t a t e D i s a s t e r M a n a g e m e n t P l a n

    D i s a s t e r M a n a g e m e n t Ac t 2 0 0 3

    Reviewed September 2016

  • The Queensland Government supports and encourages the dissemination and exchange of information. However, copyright protects this document. The State of Queensland has no objection to this material being reproduced, made available online or electronically, but only if recognised as the owner of the copyright and this material remains unaltered. Copyright enquiries about this publication should be directed to Secretariat to the Queensland Disaster Management Committee, GPO Box 1425 Brisbane Qld 4001 or via email to QDMCSecretariat@police.qld.gov.au DISCLAIMER Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within these guidelines is accurate and where possible reflects current better practise. However, the Queensland Police Service does not give any warranty or accept any liability in relation to the content of material contained in this guide. The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2016 Published September 2016

  • 2016 State Disaster Management Plan

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    Table of Contents Page No.

    Authorisation .......................................................................................................................... ivPreface .................................................................................................................................... vAmendments ........................................................................................................................... viPART I: STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE ................................................................................ 7

    1.1 Introduction ............................................................................................................... 71.2 Queenslands Disaster Management Arrangements .............................................................. 81.3 State Agency Plans .................................................................................................... 131.4 Private Sector and Non-Government Organisation Planning ................................................. 161.5 Australian Government Arrangements ............................................................................ 161.6 Risk Assessment ....................................................................................................... 17

    PART II: PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS ......................................................................... 192.1 Prevention ............................................................................................................... 192.2 Preparedness ............................................................................................................ 21

    PART III: RESPONSE AND RECOVERY ................................................................................... 253.1 Response ................................................................................................................ 253.2 Recovery ................................................................................................................ 37

    Annexure A: State Level Group Membership and Structure ............................................................. 42Annexure B: Agency Roles and Responsibilities ............................................................................. 45Annexure C: Levels of Activation for State Response Arrangements .................................................. 54Annexure D: State Disaster Coordinator Role Statement ................................................................. 59Annexure E: Glossary .............................................................................................................. 61Annexure F: Acronyms and Abbreviations ................................................................................... 68

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    Preface The State Disaster Management Plan (the Plan) has been prepared pursuant to s49 of the Disaster Management Act 2003. It is the result of a review (s51) of previous versions of the Plan. The revised Plan reflects:

    o relevant findings of the reviews into disaster management and operations, including the appointment of the State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator and a lead agency for disaster recovery, resilience and mitigation policy;

    The Plan will continue to be reviewed annually unless otherwise required. The Queensland Disaster Management Committee acknowledges the support of key disaster management stakeholders in Queensland to review this document.

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    Amendments Proposals for amendment or addition to the contents of the Plan are to be forwarded to: The Secretariat to the Queensland Disaster Management Committee Disaster Management Unit Queensland Police Service GPO Box 1425 Brisbane Qld 4001 or via email to QDMCSecretariat@police.qld.gov.au

    To ensure currency of this Plan, holders should insert amendments to the Plan as soon as they are received. When an amendment is inserted into the Plan, the amendment should be recorded in the Amendment Schedule below.

    Amendment Entered

    Number Issued (date) Signature Date

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    PART I: STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE

    1.1 Introduction Aim The aim of the 2016 Queensland State Disaster Management Plan (the Plan) is to describe the Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements (QDMA) that implement the guiding principles and objectives of the Disaster Management Act 2003 (the Act) along with the Emergency Management Assurance Framework (the Framework). All events, whether natural or caused by human acts, should be managed in accordance with the Plan. The Plan is consistent with Queenslands disaster management standards and disaster management guidelines (section 50 of the Act) and supported by supplementary hazard-specific plans and functional plans.

    Governance Section 49 of the Act states that the Queensland Disaster Management Committee (QDMC) must prepare a state disaster management plan.

    Monitoring and Review Section 51 of the Act states the QDMC may review, or renew, the Plan when the group considers appropriate. To ensure effectiveness of disaster management by the State, it is recommended that the Plan is reviewed annually and following disaster operations. The Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) has the legislative responsibility to regularly review and assess the effectiveness of disaster management by the State, including the Plan and its implementation.1 IGEM has implemented the Emergency Management Assurance Framework (the Framework) to guide and support continuous improvement of entities disaster management programs across all phases of disaster management. The Framework provides the structure and mechanism for reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of Queenslands disaster management arrangements. The Standard for Disaster Management in Queensland (the Standard) outlines the way in which entities responsible for disaster management in the State are to undertake disaster management.2 The Standard uses an outcome-based approach to ensure disaster management programs better meet the needs of the community. The elements of the Standard are the basis for improving performance across the QDMA.

    Strategic Direction and Priorities The Act and Strategic Policy Framework (SPF) outline the intent and principles for disaster management in Queensland. The principles in s 4A of the Act guide the development and implementation of disaster management policy, plans and programs at State, district and local levels. The principles are executed through four priority areas: 1 Disaster Management Act 2003, s 16C (a), p 16. 2 The Standard is contained in the Emergency Management Assurance Framework 2014

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    1. Risk Management - Disaster management in Queensland is risk based and comprehensive across the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (PPRR) phases and those risks are communicated in the community;

    2. Local Government Capability and Capacity - Local government is able to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster events in their community;

    3. Community Capability and Capacity - Individuals, communities and businesses are able to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster events; and

    4. Effective Disaster Operations - Provide for effective, flexible and scalable disaster management for the State.

    Scope of disaster management and disaster operations The Act defines both these concepts with a scope that includes all four phases prevention, preparation, response and recovery. Unless otherwise specified (e.g. disaster response operations), they have that meaning in this Plan.

    1.2 Queenslands Disaster Management Arrangements

    Local Arrangements It is the function of a local government under s 80 of the Act to ensure it:

    has a disaster response capability; approves its Local Disaster Management Plan (LDMP); promptly collects and disseminates information about an event or a disaster in its area to

    the District Disaster Coordinator (DDC); and performs other functions given to local government under the Act. It is primarily the responsibility of local government to manage events in their local government area. Local Disaster Management Groups A local government must establish a Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) for the local government area. LDMGs are chaired by a councillor of the local government. A Local Disaster Coordinator is appointed by the Chairperson of the LDMG to manage disaster opera

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