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Australian Warning System (AWS)



As part of a new Australian Warning System, the way we display incidents has changed.

The Australian Warning System is a new national approach to information and warnings during emergencies like bushfire, flood, storm, extreme heat and severe weather.

The System uses a nationally consistent set of icons, like those below.

The AWS has been designed based on feedback and research across the country and aims to deliver a more consistent approach to these types of emergencies, no matter where you are.

Australia’s fire and emergency services aim to provide you with timely and relevant information during emergencies.

Updated - AWS Symbols together

Know the Signs:

How you receive warnings may not change, but the wording, colours and call to action may be different to what you’re used to, as this system is implemented across Australia. Refer to your state or territory’s emergency service’s website for how to stay informed during an emergency.

What is a Warning?

A warning provides point-in-time information about a hazard that is impacting or is expected to impact communities. It describes the impact and expected consequences for communities and includes advice on what people should do.

What are the three warning levels?

Advice (Yellow): An incident has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
Watch and Act (Orange): There is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
Emergency Warning (Red): An Emergency Warning is the highest level of warning. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.

What's changing?

Up until now there has been different warning systems for different hazard types across Australia. The new Australian Warning System aims to provide consistent warnings to Australian communities so that people know what to do when they see a warning level. If you live in a Bushfire risk area, you may already be familiar with the new warnings - they were implemented across bushfire agencies in the lead up to the 20-21 Fire Season. Over time, the new system will be used for more types of incidents in more places around the country.

For further information on Emergency Services in South Australia, please visit:

SA Country Fire Service -
SA State Emergency Service -
SA Metropolitan Fire Service -

For further information on the Australian Warning System, please visit:

Australian Warning System -