Useful links

The web links provided are to agencies, government departments and other organisations for information purposes only. The links are sourced from both national and international sites.

The web links are organised into the subjects listed below:


  • Referencing and citation guide
    This University of Sydney explains how to reference sources in your research using different styles, eg. Harvard, MLA, APA.
  • Short Guide to Copyright
    A short guide to creation, ownership and use of copyright published by the Attorney-General's Department.
  • Metric conversion tables
    From the National Measurement Institute.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Bushfires in NSW: timelines and key sources
    Compiled by the NSW Research Parliamentary Research Service, the publication includes sources major bushfires, bushfire inquiries and related legislative reforms in NSW between 1926 and 2014. It also identifies recent bushfires and bushfire inquiries in the other States and Territories, as well as relevant Commonwealth Parliamentary inquiries.
  • Australian Newspapers Online
    An easy-to-search historical collection of Australian newspapers digitalised by the National Library of Australia. Newspapers include both local and national publications and date from 1803.
  • ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
    The ABS is Australia's national statistical agency, providing statistics on an extensive range of economic, environmental and social issues.
  • Yearbook of Australia
    The Yearbook is compiled by the ABS and provides a comprehensive statistical overview of current social and economic conditions in Australia.
  • National Library of Australia - Digital Collections - Maps
    Explore the National Library of Australia's digitised Maps.

Fire and Emergency - Australasia

  • AFAC - Australasian Fire Authority Council
    AFAC represents fire, emergency services and land management agencies from both the private and public sector. AFAC's aim is to develop learning and education in the fire and emergency service sector.
  • Australian Red Cross Emergency Assistance Resources
    The Red Cross has a host of useful emergency management resources that can help the public to prepare for disasters, those who have experienced a disaster or are recovering from a disaster.
  • Bureau of Meteorology
    The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency.
  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
    The BNHCRC replaced the Bushfire CRC with an expanded CRC focus. It supports the development of cohesive, evidence-based policies, strategies, programs and tools to build a more disaster resilient Australia. Research reports, summaries (Fire notes) and the Fire Australia magazine are available from this site.
  • Bushfire CRC
    The Bushfire CRC conducted research into the social, environmental and economic impacts of bushfires. Research reports, summaries (Fire notes) and past issues of the Fire Australia magazine are archived on this site. This site is no longer updated.
  • Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
    AIDR draws together a variety of experience and expertise from governments, industry, education and volunteer sectors to collect, build and disseminate emergency management knowledge, experience and services nationally and internationally.
  • AIDR Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning
    Prescribed burning brings together many elements from risk management to community engagement. This collection of resources assists prescribed burning practitioners to access current best practice and research to inform planning and implementation.
  • Australian Disaster Resilience Glossary
    The Glossary provides a consensus on terms and definitions or information on the range of terms and definitions encountered in disaster and emergency management to account for jurisdictional and contextual variation.
  • Australian Disaster Resilience Index
    The Australian Disaster Resilience Index is a snapshot of the capacities for disaster resilience in Australian communities. It is to help governments, local organisations and emergency services improve their communities’ resilience to natural hazards.
  • CSIRO Bushfire Research
    Working with state land management, rural fire agencies and other research agencies, CSIRO scientists apply knowledge of bushfire dynamics to real events and help predict risks.
  • CSIRO PyroPage
    This webpage is a repository of CSIRO’s PyroPage bulletins, a bushfire science communication tool intended to provide bushfire practitioners with a rapid summary of critical new research results from CSIRO’s Bushfire Behaviour and Risks team.
  • Emergency Management Australia
    Emergency Management Australia is a division of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. They deliver programs, policies and services that strengthen Australia's national security and emergency management capability.
  • FPA - Fire Protection Association Australia
    FPA provides information, services and education to the fire protection industry and the community.
  • Geoscience Australia
    Online tools, maps and databases. Includes Sentinel a national bushfire monitoring system.
  • National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) of Australia
    Manages the acquisition and deployment of firefighting aircraft for the States and Territories of Australia

State and Territorial Fire Services

Useful links - New South Wales

  • Forestry Corporation of NSW
    The largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW.
  • Live Traffic NSW
    Live updates, traveller information and personalised alerts for NSW roads.
  • Museum of Fire
    Located in Sydney, the Museum has one of the world's largest fire collection, including vehicles, uniforms, communications, protective equipment and fire fighting tools.
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries - Bushfire Hub
    Information for primary producers, animal holding establishments and the community about preparation, rescue, evacuation and emergency care for animals and assessment, humane destruction and disposal of affected animals.
  • NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage
    Working with the community, OEH cares for and protects NSW’s environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage, and built heritage.
  • NSW State Emergency Services
    The SES major responsibilities are for flood and storm emergencies, but also provides the majority of general rescue effort in the rural parts of the NSW state.
  • NSW Volunteer Rescue Association
    VRA members are primary responders for Road Crash Rescue, General Land Rescue, Vertical Rescue and just about any type of specialist rescue encountered by Emergency Service personnel.
  • Resilience NSW
    Resilience NSW (formally the NSW Office of Emergency Management) is the lead disaster management agency for NSW, responsible for all aspects of disaster recovery and building community resilience to future disasters.
  • Spatial Information eXchange
    Official source of NSW geospatial information


Load Restraint Guide 2018

  • Load Restraint Guide 2018
    The Load Restraint Guide is issued by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

    It provides NSW RFS members with basic safety principles which should be followed for the safe carriage of loads on tankers and appliances. NSW RFS vehicles are designed not to have any unsecured equipment stowed on them. All stowed equipment have primary and secondary means of restraint from movement and conforms to the National Transport Commission’s load restraint guidelines.

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