‘What makes Australia vulnerable to disaster when severe to catastrophic events impact what people and society value?’
The Department of Home Affairs, through the National Resilience Taskforce explores this question in Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability: The interconnected causes and cascading effects of systemic disaster risk.
The report and accompanying CSIRO technical documents capture findings from over 200 people from Australia, New Zealand and the UK as they seek to find an answer.
The report describes a new way of looking at disaster risk – that hazards lead to disaster if they intersect with an exposed and vulnerable society, exceeding people’s capacity to cope.
Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability provides policy-makers, practitioners, business and community leaders with a different way of thinking about disaster risk. It speaks to vulnerability, complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity – but it also speaks to hope and informed and inspired action.
Over the coming months, there will be opportunities for people to engage with those involved in this important work, to enable better understanding and translation into action.
To support implementation, a range of guidance materials are under construction to be available mid-2019.