Community Recovery

Our department is the functional lead agency for human and social recovery, more commonly known as Community Recovery. We work with local government to provide advice, support and/or additional resources to support the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of people affected by a disaster that assist in building resilience in the community.

To do this, we work across our current functional areas, i.e. disability services, community services, seniors, as well as other government agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) to identify vulnerable individuals and families and assist them directly following a disaster event. 

Community Recovery support and services

Assistance is available for Queenslanders impacted by disasters and emergencies.

Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and Toolkit

We know being prepared for a disaster saves lives and that people with disabilities are twice as likely to be injured or find themselves socially isolated during natural disasters. To address these alarming issues Community Recovery in partnership with Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) and The University of Sydney have launched the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (DIDRR) and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit. DIDRR is an approach that directs attention to the support needs of people with disability in interaction with their environment, and the factors which create or restrict capabilities around emergency preparedness, capability and action during any emergency. DIDRR depends on effective cross-sector collaboration between emergency managers and community services personnel to remove barriers that stop people with disability engaging with Disaster Risk Reduction activities through principles of accessibility, participation, collaboration and non-discrimination. Through engagement with people with disability, and key community stakeholders from the disability, community, and emergency services sectors, the project has co-design tools, resources, and supports for enabling DIDRR. The Queensland DIDRR Toolkit provides actionable guidance to community stakeholders by sharing tips, resources, and tools that enable people with disabilities, their family, carers and people who work in the community sector industry to take DIDRR action. Please download free versions of the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit.