March 10, 2020

New Bill protects emergency workers from assault

A new Bill introduced into Parliament by the Victorian Government outlines minimum jail term sentences for people who assault emergency workers, even if they are under the influence. The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 will require courts to impose a sentence of imprisonment in all cases where an offender recklessly or intentionally injures…

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March 10, 2020

New travel restrictions announced to stem flow of COVID-19

As the battle to contain COVID-19 in Australia continues, the Australian Government has agreed to introduce new travel restrictions, update travel advice and implement new screening measures as part of coordinated measures to protect Australians from the virus. The Australian Government said its highest priority remains the wellbeing and safety of Australians. These actions are…

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March 10, 2020

Expertise and evidence are crucial to future disaster management

Following a challenging summer of bushfires, drought, floods and coronavirus, the world has hit a crucial point and future disaster management is more important than ever to help solve these issues. In a speech to the National Press Club on 26 February, Universities Australia Chair, Professor Deborah Terry AO, has warned that tapping into expert…

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March 10, 2020

Further $12.5 million to help rebuilt flood-damaged infrastructure

A further $12.5 million in funding has been allocated to help communities rebuild following the widespread damage caused by the 2019 monsoon trough in Queensland. The new funding comes as part of the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s $242 million exceptional circumstances funding. Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said 12 councils would share in…

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February 21, 2020

Royal Commission into Black Summer bushfires established

The Federal Government has announced that a national Royal Commission into Australia’s 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires will be established following agreement from the Governor-General David Hurley. The Federal Government has released the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, informed by feedback from states and territories.   Prime Minister Scott Morrison…

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February 21, 2020

Bushfire response praised in independent review

An independent review into the September 2019 fires in Queensland has revealed the state’s preparedness and response were highly effective in saving property.  The review also found Queensland’s response was highly effective in reducing the severity of fires at Stanthorpe, Sarabah and Peregian Springs. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the review undertaken by Queensland’s Inspector-General…

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February 21, 2020

Ports work to protect Australia from coronavirus

Ports around Australia are implementing measures to ensure Australia and its maritime industry do not fall victim to an epidemic of novel coronavirus. While authorities report the threat of the coronavirus to Australian border workers remains low, ports nationwide are putting measures in place to minimise risk. First and foremost, they have released information designed…

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February 21, 2020

Canberra focuses on future resilience

In its mid-year review, the ACT Government has emphasised the need to prepare for future challenges, especially in easing congestion and climate resilience. The 2019-20 ACT Budget Review lays out the ACT Government’s plan for future investment. The review has a strong emphasis on disaster resilience, after the 2019-20 summer demonstrated the critical need to…

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February 21, 2020

Flood-impacted communities receive disaster assistance

Disaster assistance has been made available for flood-impacted communities in North Queensland following recent monsoon conditions and flooding. The disaster assistance is available to the Burke, Croydon, Kowanyama, McKinlay and Mornington councils to help with rebuilding efforts. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Federal Minister for Emergency Management,…

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February 21, 2020

Bushfire prevention device saves lives

A device that assists in bushfire prevention on powerlines has helped to save a life in Maryborough, Queensland, after an excavator came into contact with high voltage lines. Designed to prevent fires when objects such as tree branches fall on lines or when lines hit the ground, the device, known as a Rapid Earth Fault…

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