Pandemics | Brisbane City Council


Pandemic Influenza is a global threat that could feature widespread infection. It could have severe social and economic consequences and cause widespread disruption. Prior planning and properly coordinated response measures can minimise the impacts.

A human influenza outbreak in Queensland will be a ‘controlled notifiable condition’ under the Public Health Act 2005. The Chief Medical Officer of Queensland Health is responsible for the overall management and control in response to any public health emergency.

How Brisbane City Council is prepared for a pandemic

Council has a corporate pandemic plan to respond to pandemic events.

The plan provides the appropriate response and resources to minimise the impact of an outbreak within the municipality and to maintain essential Council services.

The plan covers:

  • a communications plan to manage information to residents and Council employees during a pandemic
  • a business continuity plan to allow Council to continue delivering essential services to residents of Brisbane
  • a community support and recovery plan to help affected communities return to normal following an influenza pandemic

How to protect yourself from flu

Brisbane City Council residents are urged to follow flu precautions to limit the spread of the flu virus in the community:

  • stay at home when you are sick
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel
  • wash your hands prior to touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues which should be disposed of immediately
  • don't share items such as cigarettes, glasses or cups, lipstick, toys or anything which could be contaminated with respiratory secretions
  • maintain at least one metre distance from people who have flu-like symptoms such as coughing or sneezing
  • consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed

More information

Any change to the status of a pandemic outbreak and its impact on Council will be updated on this page.

16 June 2014