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National Strategy for Disaster Resilience: Community Engagement Framework Handbook

Community engagement, for the purpose of this framework, is the process of stakeholders working together to build resilience through collaborative action, shared capacity building and the development of strong relationships built on mutual trust and respect.

There are many different kinds of communities, including communities of place, interest, belief and circumstance. Communities are dynamic — they change over time and interact in different ways.

This nationally agreed framework provides guidance for effective community engagement across the emergency management sector, while acknowledging there is no one size-fits-all approach — each community is different, as is the context for engaging the community.