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Related publications

This section provides details of publications related to policies and strategies for emergency management and Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.


Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Report on government services 2016, volume D: Emergency management.

Canberra: Productivity Commission


Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2015)

Report on government services 2015, volume D: Emergency management.

Canberra: Productivity Commission


Lowe M (2014)

Obesity and climate change mitigation in Australia: overview and analysis of policies with co-benefits.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(1): 19-24

McCaw JM, Glass K, Mercer GN, McVernon J (2014)

Pandemic controllability: a concept to guide a proportionate and flexible operational response to future influenza pandemics.

Journal of Public Health; 36(1): 5-12

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA, Kimberley Language Resource Centre (2013)

Indigenous translation of Western Australian emergency management guidelines and the emergency management arrangements.

Perth: Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA

This report presents key findings from a project conducted by the Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) and the Kimberley Language Resource Centre (KLRC).

The purpose of the project was to translate two key Western Australian emergency management documents - the Emergency management guidelines and the Emergency management arrangements - into language and content suitable for remote Indigenous communities in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia (WA).

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SA Health (2013)

South Australia: a better place to live.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

SA Health (2013)

South Australia: a better place to live: summary.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia


Government of South Australia (2012)

Outback Bushfire Management Committee: interim bushfire management area plan.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

The State of South Australia (SA) is divided into nine bushfire management areas. Each of these areas has a corresponding bushfire management plan, which is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk from bushfire and sets out a program of treatments to reduce the risk to these assets.

The 'Outback' bushfire management area incorporates a number of Indigenous communities and homelands, including the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The management plan for this area includes information about:

  • topography, land use, climate and population
  • fire bans and fire danger season
  • history of bushfire in the area
  • likelihood of bushfire
  • consequence of bushfire
  • assets and risk treatments.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Howitt R, Havnen O, Veland S (2012)

Natural and unnatural disasters: responding with respect for Indigenous rights and knowledges.

Geographical Research; 50(1): 47–59


Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2010)

Environmental health needs of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia: the 2008 survey and its findings.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health, Public Health Division

The Western Australian Environmental health needs survey was conducted over 2007 and 2008 and is the third survey in a series which surveyed housing, services, utilities, community infrastructure and the immediate living environment in discrete Aboriginal communities in WA. Data collected related to over 15,000 residents from 232 communities. This publication reports the outcomes of this survey and provides a comparison with the outcomes of the 1997 and 2004 surveys.

The survey was conducted by environmental health practitioners who work with and in discrete Aboriginal communities. The practitioners visited the communities to survey existing infrastructure. Information was also collected about levels of community satisfaction and any concerns with the provision of essential, municipal and allied services which influenced and affected environmental health in the communities.

The core environmental health and infrastructure issues covered in the report were:

  • water
  • electricity
  • housing
  • solid waste disposal
  • sanitation
  • dust
  • dog health programs
  • emergency management

The report provides an evidence base which highlights the continued environmental health issues faced by many of the communities who participated in the survey. It is the foundation for the future direction of service plans and delivery in discrete communities.

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Emergency Management in Australia (2009)

Improving emergency management outcomes for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia.

Canberra: Emergency Management in Australia


Queensland Government Rural Fire Service (2008)

Bushfire risk analysis maps for Queensland's shire council areas.

Retrieved 20 September 2013 from

The Rural Fire Service Queensland has produced a set of bushfire risk analysis maps for each Local Government Area (LGA) in Queensland, including Aboriginal Shire Councils. Each map shows:

  • the LGA boundary lines
  • areas defined as 'forest/park'
  • areas defined as having low/medium/high levels of bushfire risk.

The modelling for the maps was undertaken by the Rural Fire Service Queensland in 2008. Each of the maps is freely available for download as a PDF. The maps are intended as guides for planning purposes only.

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Emergency Management Australia (2007)

'Keeping our mob safe': a national emergency management strategy for remote Indigenous communities.

Australian Journal of Emergency Management; 22(4): 39-40


Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2005)

Environmental health needs of Indigenous communities in Western Australia: the 2004 survey and its findings.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report presents the results of the 2004 Environmental Health Needs Survey (EHNS) of Indigenous communities in Western Australia. In total, 274 Indigenous communities participated in the EHNS and 2801 dwelling forms were completed on individual households. In the report, data on core environmental health indicators are analysed for Western Australia's ATSIC regions, and comparisons are made with data from the 1997 EHNS. The indicators include water, electricity, housing, sanitation, solid waste, dust, dog control, and emergency management. Since the 1997 EHNS, progress has been made in larger communities on the indicators for water, electricity and sewerage. In smaller communities less progress has been made. Overall, more dwellings can be classified as 'adequate', but repairs and maintenance on housing need more attention.

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Last updated: 1 August 2016
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