The first publications in the original Australian Emergency Manual Series (‘Manual Series’) were mainly skills reference manuals produced from 1989 onwards. In August 1996, on advice from the National Emergency Management Principles and Practice Advisory Group, the Manual Series was expanded to include a more comprehensive range of emergency management principles and practice reference publications.
Since 2011, the Manual Series has been developed to help the management and delivery of support services in a disaster context. It comprises principles, strategies and actions compiled by practitioners with management and service-delivery experience in a range of disaster events.
In 2016, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) was appointed custodian of the handbooks and manuals in the series. Now known as the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection (‘the Collection’), AIDR continues to update and grow the collection, providing guidance on the national principles and practices in disaster risk reduction and resilience in Australia.