Queensland’s State Disaster Management Group: An all agency response to an unprecedented natural disaster

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
File version
Author(s)
Arklay, Tracey
Griffith University Author(s)
Primary Supervisor
Other Supervisors
Editor(s)
Date
2012
Size

1149006 bytes

File type(s)

application/pdf

Location
License
Abstract

Queensland's management of unprecedented natural disasters in 2010-11 received worldwide acclaim. This article argues that the much publicised and largely effective response to extensive state-wide flooding and cyclone events was not an accident, but rather had foundations that were laid over many years of prior experience in preparing for a diverse range of natural disaster threats - including flood, cyclone, storm and fire. The organisational culture within the state's emergency agencies and the ongoing planning and training at the operational level was important, as was the learning and adaptation that had occurred previously. Queensland's largely 'bottom-up' approach to disaster management that gives responsibility to local government in the first instance, and prioritises collaboration is also an important part of the Queensland model. Effective collaboration requires good working relationships within and between government. In Queensland this was understood and modelled from senior management down, across the range of emergency agencies and the police. While many of these aspects exist in other jurisdictions, this paper argues that one key feature distinguishes Queensland's management of disasters, namely the presence of the State Disaster Management Group, a high level senior officials group, that provides for authoritative, decision making and confirms Queensland's claim to have an 'all hazard, all agency' approach to its disaster management arrangements.

Journal Title

Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Conference Title
Book Title
Edition
Volume

27

Issue

3

Thesis Type
Degree Program
School
DOI
Patent number
Funder(s)
Grant identifier(s)
Rights Statement
Rights Statement

© 2012 Emergency Management Australia. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.

Item Access Status
Note
Access the data
Related item(s)
Subject

Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified

Clinical Sciences

Policy and Administration

Communication and Media Studies

Persistent link to this record
Citation
Collections