Disaster Management

Disaster Management

 
            
 
 
Disaster Management - Queensland
In light of the 2010/2011 Queensland floods crisis we have compiled a list of resources that may be of assistance to operators in preparation for disaster management and during the recovery process. 
 
 
Legislation Regulating Disaster Management
A review of Queensland’s disaster management arrangements was conducted during 2009. The recommendations from the review included amendments to the Disaster Management Act 2003 (DMA) and the Public Safety Preservation Act 1986 (PSPA). The recommendations were endorsed by government and the amendments were implemented in late 2010. Under the s.78 of the Disaster Management Act 2003 (QLD) a district disaster coordinator or declared disaster officer may "direct the owner of any property, by notice in the approved form given to the owner, to put the property under the control, or at the disposal, of a person stated in the notice".

Extract section 87:
Power to give direction about property

(1) A relevant district disaster coordinator or a declared disaster officer may direct the owner of any property, by notice in the approved form given to the owner, to put the property under the control, or at the disposal, of a person stated in the notice.

(2) However, if the property is residential premises or business premises, a declared disaster officer may give a person a  direction under subsection (1) only with the written approval of a relevant district disaster coordinator.

(3) When giving a direction under subsection (1), a relevant district disaster coordinator or a declared disaster officer must warn the person it is an offence to fail to comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Extract section 79:
79 Requirements for direction about property

(1) The approved form under section 78(1) must include provision for the following—
(a) information about the nature of the disaster situation;
(b) identifying the property to which the direction relates;
(c) information about—
(i) the purpose for which the property is to be used; and (ii) applying for compensation under this Act in relation to any loss or damage incurred because of the use of the property.

(2) The approved form must state—
(a) the provision of this Act under which the direction is given; and
(b) that the person to whom the direction is given must comply with the direction.

The full Disaster Mangament Act 2003 is available on the Queensland government website.

Preparing for a Disaster
The Queensland government has a number of useful web resources with information on how to prepare your business for the impact of a disaster. It is recommended that you undertake a Business Impact Analysis to identify your key business activities and determine how long your business can survive without them. Your Business Impact Analysis for disasters should consider:
  • Your key business activities 
  • The effects of a disaster on those activities 
  • The resources required to aid in the recovery process 
  • The location of an alternative site that is remote from the impacts of the disaster 
  • A procedure to ensure your Business Impact Analysis remains current 
  • Alternative suppliers
  • A review of any legislation applicable to the disaster you are facing

For further information including how to develop a risk management plan and how to calculate the cost of a disaster visit the Queensland Government Business Development website. For general guidelines on preparedness the Emergency Management Queensland website may be of assistance.

2010/11 Assistance in Flood Affected Areas
The following grants and assistance programs are currently in operation:
  • Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) - Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5,000 have been extended to 23 local government areas. For more information please visit the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority website or contact 1800 623 946.
  • Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy (DIRS) for flooding events - Employees and small business operators who have lost income as a result of the flooding that commenced on 29 November 2010 can claim assistance. For eligibility requirements visit the centrelink website or call the Emergency Assistance Hotline 180 2266.
  • Immediate recovery assistance grants of up to $5000 and tier 2 grants of up to $20,000 for primary producers and small business are available in 15 local government areas. For more information please visit the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority website or contact 1800 623 946.

     

 

Page updated on 12th January 2011

 

 
            
 
 
Disaster Management - Queensland
In light of the 2010/2011 Queensland floods crisis we have compiled a list of resources that may be of assistance to operators in preparation for disaster management and during the recovery process. 
 
 
Legislation Regulating Disaster Management
A review of Queensland’s disaster management arrangements was conducted during 2009. The recommendations from the review included amendments to the Disaster Management Act 2003 (DMA) and the Public Safety Preservation Act 1986 (PSPA). The recommendations were endorsed by government and the amendments were implemented in late 2010. Under the s.78 of the Disaster Management Act 2003 (QLD) a district disaster coordinator or declared disaster officer may "direct the owner of any property, by notice in the approved form given to the owner, to put the property under the control, or at the disposal, of a person stated in the notice".

Extract section 87:
Power to give direction about property

(1) A relevant district disaster coordinator or a declared disaster officer may direct the owner of any property, by notice in the approved form given to the owner, to put the property under the control, or at the disposal, of a person stated in the notice.

(2) However, if the property is residential premises or business premises, a declared disaster officer may give a person a  direction under subsection (1) only with the written approval of a relevant district disaster coordinator.

(3) When giving a direction under subsection (1), a relevant district disaster coordinator or a declared disaster officer must warn the person it is an offence to fail to comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Extract section 79:
79 Requirements for direction about property

(1) The approved form under section 78(1) must include provision for the following—
(a) information about the nature of the disaster situation;
(b) identifying the property to which the direction relates;
(c) information about—
(i) the purpose for which the property is to be used; and (ii) applying for compensation under this Act in relation to any loss or damage incurred because of the use of the property.

(2) The approved form must state—
(a) the provision of this Act under which the direction is given; and
(b) that the person to whom the direction is given must comply with the direction.

The full Disaster Mangament Act 2003 is available on the Queensland government website.

Preparing for a Disaster
The Queensland government has a number of useful web resources with information on how to prepare your business for the impact of a disaster. It is recommended that you undertake a Business Impact Analysis to identify your key business activities and determine how long your business can survive without them. Your Business Impact Analysis for disasters should consider:
  • Your key business activities 
  • The effects of a disaster on those activities 
  • The resources required to aid in the recovery process 
  • The location of an alternative site that is remote from the impacts of the disaster 
  • A procedure to ensure your Business Impact Analysis remains current 
  • Alternative suppliers
  • A review of any legislation applicable to the disaster you are facing

For further information including how to develop a risk management plan and how to calculate the cost of a disaster visit the Queensland Government Business Development website. For general guidelines on preparedness the Emergency Management Queensland website may be of assistance.

2010/11 Assistance in Flood Affected Areas
The following grants and assistance programs are currently in operation:
  • Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) - Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5,000 have been extended to 23 local government areas. For more information please visit the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority website or contact 1800 623 946.
  • Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy (DIRS) for flooding events - Employees and small business operators who have lost income as a result of the flooding that commenced on 29 November 2010 can claim assistance. For eligibility requirements visit the centrelink website or call the Emergency Assistance Hotline 180 2266.
  • Immediate recovery assistance grants of up to $5000 and tier 2 grants of up to $20,000 for primary producers and small business are available in 15 local government areas. For more information please visit the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority website or contact 1800 623 946.

     

 

Page updated on 12th January 2011