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Disaster Management Act 2003 – 27 October 2014

Disaster Management Regulation 2014 – 8 September 2016

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The government may declare a disaster situation in a district or part of it to prevent or minimise the loss of human life. Such a declaration enables special powers to be exercised by police, ambulance, fire and health officers.

  • Sections 11, 13, 16, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 116, 119, 120, 121, Schedule

The Office of the Inspector-General of Emergency Management is established to regularly review and assess the effectiveness of disaster management by the State, to make disaster management standards and to regularly review and assess disaster management standards (among other functions).

  • Sections 16B, 16C, 16D, 16E, 16H, 16N, 16O

In a declared disaster situation, the government may give a notice in the approved form that a property is to be placed under the control or disposal of the government.

  • Sections 78, 79, 116, 119, 120, 121
Reason for law

To help communities effectively respond to, and recover from, a disaster or an emergency situation. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Disaster Management – Queensland Government

Disaster Resilience and Recovery [Business and Industry Portal]

District Disaster Management Plans [Queensland Police]

Local Government (Council and Shire) Plans

Office of the Inspector-General of Emergency Management [Department of Community Safety]

Flood and cyclone legal help for Queenslanders [Legal Aid Queensland]

Donating to Disaster Recovery []

Farmer Disaster Support

United Nations World Food Programme

Gruntify App


Emergency Volunteering

Preparing for Disasters [Australian Red Cross]

Australian Earthquake Engineering Society

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