The State Disaster Management Act be strengthened by a description of the phases of Disaster Management with emphasis on the key elements within each phase including the recovery phase; ƒ Lead Agencies and nominated leaders in each area of Queensland for each of the four key elements of recovery be identified and provided with the appropriate training and familiarisation of their role to ensure the adequacy of planning at District and Local level throughout Queensland;ƒ Lead Agencies be responsible for maintaining strong relationships with counterparts at the Federal Government level to ensure necessary Federal support for State and Local recovery initiatives after disaster events; ƒ Response arrangements remain in place until the State Controller is satisfied that recovery leadership arrangements are in place at Local, District and State levels; Recovery leadership and support from State level remain in place until local recovery is substantially completed.

Recommendation 11