Handbook Collection

National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG)

A guide for managing risks associated with emergencies and disasters

The National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG) provide a contextualised, emergency-related risk assessment method consistent with the Australian Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – principles and guidelines.

The purpose of the NERAG is threefold:

  • enable consistent and rigorous emergency-related risk assessments
  • increase the quality and comparability of risk assessments
  • improve the national evidence base on emergency-related risks.

The outputs from NERAG risk assessments are intended to improve decision making when allocating scarce resources for risk treatment and emergency prevention and preparedness measures.

Understanding and reducing risk, and communicating with and educating the community about risks, are key drivers for action under the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR). Understanding risk also underpins efforts towards other NSDR priorities. The nationally consistent approach to risk assessment and prioritisation embodied in NERAG supports the implementation of the NSDR.

NERAG was first published in 2010. In November 2012, the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management agreed that NERAG would be the consistent method for future use by Australian governments to assess risk for priority hazards. NERAG was reviewed during 2012 and 2013, incorporating learning and experience from two years of its application. This second version of NERAG is the result of that review.  

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User Guide

There are two publications in the NERAG Handbook 10 Collection:

  • Handbook 10 National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines

For those new to NERAG, the collection is supported by an e-learning resource that is freely available to anyone who would like to learn more about NERAG and risk management in emergencies: