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Accountabilities in practice

​​​​​​​​​​Accountabilities in practice fact sheets

​​​The Accountabilities in practice fact sheets have been developed by the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) to help disaster management practitioners review and assess their disaster management arrangements. Our aim is to contribute to building excellence in disaster management by sharing knowledge and examples of good practice. The series should be read in conjunction with the Standard for Disaster Management in Queensland (the Standard).​​

The Standard is outcomes-based and includes 14 components which form the basis of disaster management functions and activities. The Standard then describes the key outcomes that should be achieved against each component.

The Standard also assigns indicators to the components. The indicators describe activities and arrangements that contribute to the five accountabilities articulated in the Standard (see table below).

The fact sheets provide examples of what the indicators might look like in practice.

"The Standard outlines the way in which entities responsible for disaster management in the State are to undertake disaster management. The Standard uses an outcome-based approach to ensure disaster management programs better meet the needs of the community. The elements of the Standard are the basis for improving performance across Queensland’s disaster management arrangements."

​​​ The Standard

Structure of the fact sheets

There is one fact sheet for each component plus one fact sheet of resources that may help you when reviewing and assessing your disaster management arrangements. The examples have been grouped in accordance with the accountabilities:

​​Accountability Definition 
​​​Governance ​How the entity demonstrates its values and aligns its corporate strategy to achieve the disaster management outcomes: e.g. roles and responsibilities, decision making, reporting, leadership, approvals, etc
​Doctrine​How the entity’s business plan, programs, policies, practices and operational procedures align with its roles and responsibilities to deliver disaster management outcomes: e.g. plans, procedures, guidelines, policy
​Enablers​How the entity is using and developing the necessary systems, equipment, resources and technologies to deliver disaster management outcomes
​Performance​How the entity is monitoring and actively improving the performance of its service delivery to meet the disaster management outcomes: e.g. continuous improvement, review and monitoring
​Capabilities​How the entity is using training and exercising to help embed the necessary culture change and improve performance to meet disaster management outcomes

The examples provided within the fact sheets are suggestions to consider when reviewing disaster management activities, and are not exhaustive. Practitioners can use their own examples as evidence against the indicators and to assist with assessing their disaster management effectiveness. 

Accountabilities in practice fact sheets - complete volume PDF