AJEM | Australian Journal of Emergency Management

'Population growth and changing demographics feature highly among the factors that have increased exposure and vulnerability to natural disasters. A growing, ageing and more multi-cultural population places significant pressure on government policy, particularly around risk communication, land-use planning and infrastructure development.

'The policies and settlement patterns of the past are proving inadequate for the challenges of the future and in many instances are intensifying the exposure to risk. This brings into focus the role of government and the concept of shared responsibility and mutual obligation towards managing personal and community risks.'

Dr Laurie Hammond
 Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre