A series of national forums

Understanding Disaster Risk Forum


9.00am - 1.00pm, 21 October 2019



"While individuals and communities have their roles to play, they do not control most of the levers needed to reduce disaster risks. Governments and industry in particular must take coordinated action to reduce disaster risks within their control to limit adverse impacts on communities"

 – National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework

UN DRR infographic about disaster risk

Image credit: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (2019)

Understanding disaster risk is more than just understanding hazards. Building on extensive work informed by collaboration across a range of key sectors, the Understanding Disaster Risk Forums will highlight contemporary thinking and guidance on how we understand our relationship with hazards, vulnerability, risk and its reduction.

At the forum, decision makers from across sectors will benefit from a national perspective on climate and disaster risk, stories of lived experience from across Australia, examples of novel projects, and state-specific discussion and insights on key initiatives, challenges and opportunities.

Attend a forum in your area to:

  • Extend your knowledge about the least understood dimension of disaster risk – vulnerability – and the underlying causes of disaster risk such as the high and growing interconnectedness and dependencies between systems and people
  • Grow your awareness about the value tensions and trade-offs at play in decisions about how we manage these systems
  • Learn about the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and how you can take action
  • Gain an overview of the latest national guidance on how to make better decisions and apply adaptive learning to prevent and reduce climate and disaster risk
  • Listen to and share stories, experiences and insights with decision makers from a cross-section of sectors in your state and across Australia
  • Expand your network with decision makers across sectors to explore new partnerships and projects to reduce disaster risk

Who should attend?

This forum is for federal, state and local governments, private sectors, policy-makers, asset managers and investors, those who deliver services, assess/report and mitigate risk, as well as those who respond to and manage disasters.

If your role relates to risk management, strategic risk assessment, disaster risk, being able to continue to deliver services, manage assets or relates to climate adaptation planning or disaster management, this forum is for you.

This forum will be valuable learning for decision makers who deal with climate and disaster risk across a range of sectors, including:

  • Banking and finance
  • Insurance
  • Superannuation
  • Peak bodies
  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Engineering
  • Policy, regulation and legislation
  • Economics
  • Local, state and national government
  • Not-for-profit
  • Health and community services
  • Universities and research institutions
  • Infrastructure and planning
  • Emergency or disaster management
  • Climate and climate adaptation
  • Disaster resilience