Profiling Australia's Vulnerability

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‘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 only lead to disaster if they intersect with an exposed and vulnerable society and when the consequences exceed people’s capacity to cope.