A warning provides point-in-time information about a hazard that is impacting or is expected to impact communities. It describes the impact and expected consequences for communities and includes advice on what people should do.
The Australian Warning System has been designed based on feedback and research across the country and aims to deliver a more consistent approach to emergency warnings, no matter where you are. It uses a nationally consistent set of icons to show incidents on websites and apps, supported by calls to action.
There are three warning levels:
Advice: An incident has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
Watch and Act: There is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
Emergency Warning: An Emergency Warning is the highest level of warning. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.
Previously, there has been different warning systems for different hazard types across Australia. Now, the Australian Warning System aims to provide consistent warnings to Australian communities so that people know what to do when they see a warning level. Over time, the system will be used for more types of incidents in more places around the country.
Australian Warning System icons
A consistent set of hazard icons has been developed for each warning level. There are icons for cyclone, bushfire, flood, extreme heat, storm, and other. There is a consistent shape and colour scheme, with icons increasing in size as the warning level increases.
Calls to Action