AIDR Handbook Showcase webinar series

Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities


2.00pm-3.00pm AEST, 05 August 2020



AIDR is pleased to announce the publication of the highly anticipated Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities Handbook.

Australia has a history of high consequence natural hazards such as bushfires, cyclones, floods, storms and extreme heat. Land use planning that considers natural hazard risk is the most important mitigation measure for preventing future disaster losses in areas of new development and enhancing the resilience of existing communities.

The new Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities handbook focuses on land use planning for new development and its role in supporting disaster resilient communities.

Tune in to this free 60 minute webinar to hear from leading Australian experts as they unpack the principles and practice of land use planning for disaster resilient communities.


Guest speakers:

Prof. Alan March, University of Melbourne

Dr Alan March is Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. His research includes the examination of practical governance mechanisms of planning and urban design and the role of urban planning in reducing disaster risks. He is the lead researcher on the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre project “Integrating Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction”.


Prof. Barbara Norman, University of Canberra

Professor Barbara Norman is Chair and Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Canberra, Australia. Professor Norman has a combined professional and academic background as a former national president of the Planning Institute of Australia and a current leader in urban and regional research. Recent international research includes Sustainable Pathways for our Cities and Regions: planning within planetary boundaries (Routledge, 2018) and Are autonomous cities our urban future? Comment in Nature Communications (Nature Communications, 2018). Professor Norman’s next book will be Urban Planning for Climate Change (Routledge, 2021). Professor Norman specializes in cities, coasts and climate change adaptation.


Duncan McLuckie, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Duncan is an expert in flood risk management with extensive experience in government and consultancy. He is currently the Principal Flood Specialist in the Environment, Energy and Science Division of the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment and chair of the National Flood Risk Advisory Group.

Duncan works at a strategic level on a range of flood related policy, technical and industry education initiatives. He is the lead author of Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook 7: Managing the Floodplain and is currently leading the update of the NSW Government’s Floodplain Development Manual.

Duncan has presented on a wide range of flood risk management topics to state, national and international audiences over the last two decades.



Amanda Leck, Executive Director AIDR


About the Handbook Collection:

The Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection:

  • provides an authoritative, trusted and freely available source of knowledge about disaster resilience principles in Australia
  • aligns national disaster resilience strategy and policy with practice, by guiding and supporting jurisdictions, agencies and other organisations and individuals in their implementation and adoption
  • highlights and promotes the adoption of good practice in building disaster resilience in Australia
  • builds interoperability between jurisdictions, agencies, the private sector, local businesses and community groups by promoting use of a common language and coordinated, nationally agreed principles.