Australian Emergency Law

The law that impacts upon Australia's emergency services written by Associate Professor, Dr Michael Eburn (PhD), Barrister.

Journal articles and other academic writing

Refereed journals





Non-refereed journals, policy submissions and other academic writing


  • Eburn, M. and Townsend, R., ‘Coming to a person’s aid when off duty’ (2017) 44(1) Response (Official Journal of Paramedics Australasia) pp 18-20.
  • Eburn, M. and Dovers, S., Discussion Paper: Learning For Emergency Services, Looking For a New Approach (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
  • Police and Emergency Management. LexisNexis Australian Legal Dictionary (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2016).
  • Eburn, M. and Townsend, R., ‘Responding to emergencies – reporting crime’ (2016) 43(3) Response (Official Journal of Paramedics Australasia) pp 18-20.
  • Townsend, R. and Eburn, M., ‘The Altruistic History of Paramedicine’ (2016) 43(2) Response (Official Journal of Paramedics Australasia) pp 38-39.
  • Eburn, M. and Townsend, R., ‘Paramedics and the Mentally Ill – Victoria’ (2016) 43(1) Response (Official Journal of Paramedics Australasia) pp 38-39.
  • Submission to the Victorian Review of the Ambulance Services Act, 23 December 2016
  • Lukasiewicz, A., Dovers, S. and Eburn, M., Policies, Institutions and Governance of Natural Hazards Poster displayed at the 2016 Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC)/Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) annual conference, Brisbane, 30 August – 1 September 2016.
  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry on The Establishment of a National Registration System for Australian Paramedics to Improve and Ensure Patient and Community Safety, 29 January 2016.  [Transcript of Oral Evidence before the Committee, 20 April 2016].
  • Emergency Services.  Halsbury’s Laws of Australia (LexisNexis 2015).
  • Nurses as ‘Good Samaritans’ (2015) 15(3) Primary Times
  • Taking photos on an Australian fire ground’ (2015) 54 Asia Pacific Fire Magazine 66-67.
  • ‘Are Fire Brigades Liable for Poor Operational Decisions’ (2015) 37(1) The Bulletin (Official journal of the Law Society of South Australia), 8-11.
  • Townsend, R. and Eburn, M., ‘Paramedic Fatigue and Work Health and Safety’ (2015) 42(2) Response (Official Journal of Paramedics Australasia) pp 30-32.
  • Townsend, R. and Eburn, M., ‘Registration of Paramedics’ (2015) Vol 42(1) Response (Official Journal of Paramedics Australasia) pp 22-23.




  • Good Samaritans and Volunteers‘ (2004) 8 Australian Civil Liability 93-97.
  • ‘Focus on Crime’, HSC Study Video, University of New England, June 2003.


Case notes & book reviews

Media publications

  • Sherele Moody ‘Firefighters need a proper compensation plan, says expert’ The Daily Examiner, 6th Aug 2015.
  • Interview regarding building controls in fire prone areas, The Project,Channel 10, 3 February 2014.
  • Bushfire CRC Webinar, ‘Learning Lessons from Disasters’, 12 December 2013.
  • Interview regarding Blue Mountains Bushfires and NSW State of Emergency, Sky News,21 October 2013.
  • Interview regarding bush fire mitigation, Sky News, 14 October 2013.
  • In the Chair‘, Emergency Planning College (York, UK), 10 September 2013.
  • With Bergin, A ‘Recriminations follow natural disasters’ The Australian, 30 March 2012.
  • With Townsend, R ‘Resignation now could help O’Shane preserve a proud legacy’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2012.
  • Interview regarding legal issues arising out of the Canberra (2003) bushfires, The Law Report, ABC Radio National, 17 February 2009.
  • Interview regarding false calls to Queensland ambulance, QUT Radio 15 September 2008.
  • Interview regarding compulsory evacuation in Victoria, ABC Regional Radio, Statewide Drive a (Victoria),1 September 2008.

Online documents

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