A crisis could be a natural disaster (flood, bushfire, earthquake, etc.) of significant proportion and effect, civil disorder or armed conflict. With the exception of some natural disasters, most of these events are unlikely to ever occur in Australia – in case of natural disasters, these will be localized to specific parts of the country.
This document contains advice on personal action in the event of a crisis and recommendations concerning individual preparations for possible assisted relocation (hereinafter just called "evacuation").
In case of a crisis, you should try to obtain as much information as possible about the development of the crisis through Australian news broadcasts. You should be aware of any particular instructions or advice issued by your Embassy. In the case of certain EU Member States' Embassies, this may be found on the Embassy's website. We advise you to keep a portable radio (with spare batteries) to hand (refer to Annex II).
In a crisis, EU Member States will try to coordinate their actions through a joint crisis unit and in coordination with Australian authorities.
Keep a list of private property/valuables and deposit a copy with friends or to your insurance company in your home country.
Keep your vehicle fully operational (e.g. tank filled up).
Prepare a small handbag (kept to hand) with essential personal documents such as:
Keep a reasonable supply of local and foreign exchange (AUD, US dollars, Euro).
Ensure your credit card(s) are valid, which will be of help when you are evacuated to another country.
In case you need to move to a safer place within Australia or to another country, prepare an emergency pack of essential items (keep it light, you must be able to carry it yourself - In case of a military evacuation you may not be able to carry all these items along on an airplane/ bus or boat due to restrictions on baggage)
A small handbag with your personal belongings as mentioned in (c) is essential!
In the event of a critical development, instructions will, if circumstances permit, be given by your Embassy.
In order to allow Embassies to properly plan and prepare protective measures, they need to have accurate information of all EU citizens in Australia. You can help in this by registering your presence at your Embassy website and reminding fellow citizens to do so if they are visiting Australia.
In the very unlikely event of military conflict (with little or no warning), it may not be advisable to risk evacuating on an individual basis. Initially, it is probably better to maintain a stay-put policy and/or remain at home. You can then seek the advice of your Embassy.
In the event of major civil disorder or natural disaster, it may be advisable to move to a safer part of Australia or to leave the country, especially if you have sufficient warning. Always try to inform your Embassy of your departure or other movements.
If your Embassy recommends evacuation or relocation either to a safer part of Australia or to another country, you should be aware of the following:
Notice of intention to relocate and instructions on individual action will, if circumstances permit, be announced by your Embassy. Radio and television will also broadcast messages on an assisted relocation.
EU Member State Embassies cannot guarantee that vital information will reach everyone in time. You should therefore make every effort possible, even if the local telephone network fails; to keep in touch with your Embassy.
Keep contact with your community wardens, friends, work place or other circles where trusted information may be disseminated.
Make good efforts to check that the information you receive is trustworthy and correct. If necessary check with others.