Disaster risk reduction collection online

A new collection on the Knowledge Hub focuses on disaster risk reduction to support policy and practice across Australia, with key resources included from the National Resilience Taskforce.

Natural hazards only lead to a 'disaster' if they intersect with an exposed and vulnerable society, which exceeds their capacity to cope. Investing in reducing disaster risk is a global and national priority to secure a safe, healthy and prosperous future.

These concepts have informed the Disaster Risk Reduction Collection, which is now online through the Knowledge Hub. The collection hosts key guidance material on disaster risk reduction, developed by the National Resilience Taskforce in the Department of Home Affairs.

Disaster risk reduction intends to prevent new, and reduce existing disaster risk by strengthening the resilience of people, systems and approaches.

The dedicated collection includes resources on the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework; Profiling Australia's Vulnerability and Guidance for Strategic Decisions on Climate and Disaster Risk. It also hosts information supporting Australia's commitment to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, an initiative devised by the United Nations and endorsed by the General Assembly.

These documents outline the vision and goals for reducing Australia's disaster risk into the future. This includes reflecting on the decision-making process across a range of sectors and the collective action required to enhance Australia’s resilience towards natural hazards.

A visual representation of disaster resilience is also available through The Disaster Mapper, which showcases the vast natural hazards that Australia and its surrounding states have experienced since 1869. The interactive map contains event information on tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides, flood, cyclone and bushfires, as well as biosecurity, criminal and industrial disasters and events.

The Knowledge Hub accepts resources that are relevant to the disaster resilience sector and contain national significance. For more information and to contribute a resource, please click here.