​​​Guidelines and Supporting Documents

Planning for recovery is integral to preparing for emergencies and as such, in support of the NSW Recovery Plan, a number of guidelines and supporting documents are currently being compiled to assist local councils and agencies in their recovery efforts.

The Guidelines have been prepared in accordance with the State Emergency Management Committee under the provisions of the NSW State Emergency and Rescue Management Act (SERM) 1989 and State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) and are authorised by the State Emergency Recovery Controller who has responsibilities for overseeing the preparation and maintenance of NSW recovery policies, arrangements and plans.

NSW Rec​​overy Plan

The New South Wales Recovery Plan outlines the strategic intent, responsibilities, authorities and the mechanisms for disaster recovery in New South Wales. The Recovery Plan, which will be supported by guidelines, allows for the development and implementation of a planned recovery following a natural disaster or other emergency. The Plan is a NSW Government plan which informs the general community, business, government, emergency services, functional areas and those working in disaster recovery. 

The purpose of the NSW Recovery Plan is to provide a broad framework for a range of more localised and event-specific recovery plans, which will be tailored to the requirements of each disaster or emergency, and which support the affected community to manage its own recovery. 

Last updated November 2016.

Full document

NSW Recovery Plan [PDF 739KB]

Disaster Assist​ance Guidelines

The NSW Disaster Assistance Guidelines outline what assistance is available to individuals, businesses, community groups and others affected by disasters.

The NSW Disaster Assistance Guidelines are authorised by the State Emergency Recovery Controller who has responsibilities for overseeing the preparation and maintenance of NSW recovery policies, arrangements and plans.

Current as at February 2015.

Full document

NSW Disaster Assistance Guidelines [PDF 1.1MB]

Local Recover​y Toolkit

The Local Recovery Toolkit is made up of a series of Guidelines that have been developed to assist those involved in the management of recovery services following an emergency. The Guidelines contain practical resources, information, tools and templates on a particular topic.

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