Implementing disaster resilience policy in the Australian Federation

To build a more disaster resilient nation, it is important to understand not only what needs to be done, but how to do it within the context of Australia’s federal system and its disaster management arrangements. This research investigated implementation of disaster resilience policy in Australia from the perspective of four policy domains. These are Social Capital, Community Competence, Information and Communication and Economic Development. A combination of literature study and empirical methods was used to examine if, and how, policy objectives linked to these domains underpin the implementation of disaster resilience activities at different levels of government and in the business and community sectors.

The results indicate that greater attention needs to be given to:
-Planning implementation of disaster resilience policy to ensure it is better informed by evidence of good practice, and
-Application of the principle of subsidiarity to support successful implementation within our federal system.

About the speaker

Susan holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the ANU and a Bachelor's Degree in Arts (Social Welfare). She is in her final year of a PhD program at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society researching disaster resilience policy. She was formerly a Director in the emergency management policy area in the Federal Attorney-General's Department and in health security and disaster recovery in a number of other Commonwealth Government Departments. Her early career was as a registered general and mental health nurse, when she worked in clinical and community settings, specialising in health education and promotion.