Mobile alerts, notifications and location-based emergency warning systems are now an established part of mobile
government strategies in an increasing number of countries worldwide. In Australia the national emergency warning
system (NEWS) was instituted after the tragic Black Saturday Victorian Bushfires of February 2009. In the first phase,
NEWS has enabled the provision of public information from the government to the citizen during emergencies anywhere
and any time. Moving on from traditional short message service (SMS) notifications and cell broadcasting to more
advanced location-based services, this paper provides executive-level recommendations about the viability of locationbased
mobile phone services in NEWS Phase II.