New national guidance for public information and warnings

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience have recently published the Public Information and Warnings Handbook – the authoritative national guide for those who provide warnings before, during and after emergencies. The handbook outlines evidence-based, nationally agreed principles and provides guidance on developing and issuing warnings.

The handbook promotes a coordinated approach to warnings, recognising that all levels of government have responsibilities as well as emergency services organisations, the community, industry, business and the media.

The handbook sets out ten revised national warning principles, as well as guidance on:

  • Australia’s Total Warning System
  • nationally agreed definitions
  • warning dissemination channels
  • system failures and catastrophic events
  • communicating with diverse audiences and communities
  • monitoring and evaluation.

The handbook and supporting companion toolkits are available free on the Knowledge Hub: Hard copies are also available for purchase.

For inquiries about the Handbook Collection or hard copy purchase, contact: Rebecca Duffy – Project Officer on