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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services ("QFES")

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services ("QFES")

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services ("QFES") is the principle provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, Australia and includes Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service ("RFS") and the State Emergency Service ("SES").  The QFES was established in 2013 to improve the coordination and planning of emergency services, adopting an "all hazards" approach to emergency management.

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The responsibilities of the QFES are generally covered in the following legislation;

  • Building Act 1975
  • Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008
  • Disaster Management Act 2003
  • Disaster Management Regulation 2014
  • Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990
  • Fire and Emergency Services Regulation 2011
  • Queensland State Disaster Management Plan 2016
  • Sustainable Planning Act 2009

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is also involved in building fire safety in the following ways:

  • Providing referral agency advice under the Sustainable Planning Act (Qld) 2009 on building work assessable against the Building Act (Qld) 1975.
  • Ensuring building owners and occupiers are aware of their obligations regarding the fire safety of their building and its occupants.
  • Monitoring the compliance of budget accommodation buildings with relevant legislation.
  • Working with industry and the community to reduce the incidents of unwanted (nuisance) alarm activations.

The QFES is also divided into localised administrative and operational regions comprising;


In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.