National Resilience Taskforce contributes to the Knowledge Hub
AIDR has made two key resources, developed by the National Resilience Taskforce, available on the Knowledge Hub.
Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability: The interconnected causes and cascading effects of systemic disaster risk and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework both respond to Australia’s adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk reduction 2015-2030. The Sendai Framework recognises the importance of not only managing disasters, but managing disaster risk.
Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability
Following a year-long study into the cause and effects of disasters in Australia, the National Resilience Taskforce has recently released Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability: The interconnected causes and cascading effects of systemic disaster risk.
The report examines the relationship between our values and our vulnerabilities and aims to understand how Australians can collectively prioritise efforts to reduce loss and harm. Factors that impact on resilience – such as climate change, demographic shifts and a reliance on interconnected systems and infrastructure – are addressed throughout the report, supported by references to relevant research, experiences and disaster events.
Consistent with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability: The interconnected causes and cascading effects of systemic disaster risk contributes to an understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions – vulnerability, capacity, exposure of persons and assets, hazard characteristics and the environment.
The report provides a new way of looking at disaster risk based on the premise that hazards only lead to disaster if they intersect with an exposed and vulnerable society and when the consequences exceed people’s capacity to cope.
National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework
Co-designed with representatives from all levels of government, business and the community sector, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework is a multi-sector collaboration led by the National Resilience Taskforce.
The framework outlines a coordinated approach to reducing disaster risk and leverages the work undertaken across sectors since the release of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience in 2011.
It recognises that limiting the impact of disasters requires a coordinated effort to better understand and reduce disaster risks, improve resilience and bolster the capability and capacity of communities to withstand natural hazards.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework lists four National Priorities; Understanding disaster risk, Accountable decisions, Enhanced investment and Governance, ownership and responsibility. These priorities are supported by five-year outcome maps and detailed strategies for action.
The framework will be supported by a five-year national implementation plan to be developed in conjunction with all levels of government and non-government sectors. The national implementation plan will detail initiatives to be undertaken by all sectors of society to reduce disaster risk and limit the impacts of disasters on communities and the economy.