The interconnected causes and cascading effects of systemic disaster risk

Profiling Australia's Vulnerability

‘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.  

National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework

In Australia, we are all too familiar with the devastation and disruption that natural hazards such as bushfires, cyclones and flooding can cause. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework outlines a national and comprehensive approach to proactively reducing disaster risk, now and into the future. 

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework is a multi-sector collaboration led by the National Resilience Taskforce within the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. The framework was co-designed with representatives from all levels of government, business and the community sector.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework guides national, whole-of-society efforts to proactively reduce disaster risk in order to minimise the loss and suffering caused by disasters. This framework is designed to guide Australia’s efforts to reduce disaster risk associated with natural hazards.