Australian disasters

Historical disaster events that have affected Australia

As the current caretaker, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience continues to maintain the collection; additional records are added annually for contemporary events in the preceding year. Submissions are encouraged via our contribution process to augment existing records in accordance with the Knowledge Hub content guidelines. 

Information on current emergencies and disasters is available from the emergency response agencies in your state or territory. 


Major Incidents Report 

This report provides an overview of major incidents that have involved the fire and emergency services sector during the financial year. The intent of the report is to highlight significant incidents that have been of impact or consequence for fire and emergency services, as identified by the sector; providing background information about the incident and the corresponding response.

The 2017-18 report includes key insights (where identified) in relation to each incident and information on multi-agency collaboration and recovery operations where relevant.