AJEM | Australian Journal of Emergency Management

'Disaster management has progressed significantly since 1974. Today, through the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR), the Commonwealth and the States and Territories are jointly leading a broad range of initiatives to build community and organisational resilience. This is a shared responsibility for individuals, households, businesses and communities, as well as for governments at the local, state and national levels.

'...However, the essential doctrine of disaster management has not changed. Prevention, preparation, response and recovery are still best executed at the local level...The front-line will always remain at the local level of communities and, ultimately, individuals.

Kelvin Anderson
 Department of Community Safety, Queensland