Planning for Emergencies

There is an Australian Standard that provides procedures for the safety of people in buildings, structures and workplaces during emergencies.

This is Australian Standard: Emergency control organisation and procedures for buildings, structures and workplaces.

The Standard is applicable to all types of occupiable buildings, structures and workplaces.

For further information about Standard please visit the  Standards Australia website.

The  Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 states an employer must have arrangements in place in the event of emergencies. It specifies that these arrangements should include:

  • The safe and rapid evacuation of people from the place of work
  • Emergency communications
  • Arrangements for shutting down and evacuating the place of work in the event of an emergency.

For more information about the Regulation visit the  NSW Legislation website or contact 

Emergency Management Plan

The arrangements in place at a local level to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with the Newcastle Local Government Area are detailed in the
 Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) (pdf).

The EMPLAN sets out the responsibilities of combat agencies including the NSW Police, Newcastle City Council, Ambulance Service, SES, Fire Brigade and others.

Under the EMPLAN the Local Emergency Operations Controller (LEOCON) has the responsibility for activating the Local Emergency Operations Centre and making any decision to evacuate.

For more information about the EMPLAN contact (02) 4974 2000 and ask for the Local Emergency Management Officer.