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Emergency apps and online tools

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In an emergency

App name description Links to download

Emergency+

The Emergency+ app uses a smarthphone's GPS functionality to help a triple zero (000) caller provide the critical location details needed to mobilise emergency services. The app was developed by Australia's emergency services and their government and industry partners.

App Store

Google Play

St John First Responder

Pinpointing your exact location can become difficult in an emergency situation. The St John First Responder App sends your GPS coordinates to the operator when you call triple 000 for an ambulance. It can also link in qualified first aiders to deliver critical first aid to patients in need.

App Store

Google Play

First Aid - St John's Ambulance

This app includes 13 of the most common and critical conditions that may require immediate lifesaving first aid. It features step-by-step emergency first aid information with large clear images for each step.

App Store

Google Play



Preparation for bushfires

App name description Links to download

Fires Near Me Australia

Also developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service, this app provides national information on current bush fires and other incidents, as well as warnings about fires which may affect where you live.

App Store

Not available on Google Play

Fires Near Me NSW

NSW Rural Fire Service information on current bush fires and other incidents across NSW, as well as warnings about fires which may affect where you live.

You can also use the web version of this tool:

App Store

Google Play

Get Prepared

Get Prepared was developed by the Australian Red Cross, and helps you connect with your key support people, create an emergency plan and create checklists to follow in the case of an emergency.

App Store

Google Play

AirRater

This app helps people with asthma, hay fever and other lung conditions to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. It allows people to prepare and plan travel activities taking into account air quality in the area. The AirRater app was originally funded by Sense-T with support from the Australian Government. Current funding is from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.

App Store

Google Play



Live Traffic

App name description Links to download

Live Traffic New South Wales

Also developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service, this app provides national information on current bush fires and other incidents, as well as warnings about fires which may affect where you live.

You can also use the web version of this tool:

App Store

Google Play

Vic Traffic

This, the official traffic app of VicRoads Victoria, provides information about traffic incidents and alerts.

App Store

Google Play

QLD Traffic

QLDTraffic is the official source of live traffic and travel information from the Queensland Government. It lets you check traffic conditions and plan your journey before you drive.

App Store

Google Play

ACT Traffic

The ACT Traffic app uses the Bluetooth beacon network to receive information on delays at locations approaching the incidents.

App Store

Google Play

Add Insight - South Australia

Created by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, this app highlights sections of road that are currently experiencing delays which are higher than normal.

App Store

Google Play


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Last reviewed: January 2022


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