Sharing Responsibility - A component of "Mainstreaming fire and emergency management across policy sectors

Bushfire risks and the responsibility for them are shared by overlapping dynamic (sometimes unintended) coalitions of stakeholders in the public, private and domestic sectors. Responsibility and ability to protect life, property and other assets, is largely defined by activities and policy settings in other sectors of society, defining fire and emergency management as a whole-of-society and cross-sectoral challenge. Agencies expect that responsibility will be shared across sectors and with those at risk, but at least some of those at risk may expect that agencies take full responsibility.

Primary hypothesis: that improved community outcomes through better policy responses before, during and after major fire events can be achieved through measures for sharing responsibility as part of ‘mainstreaming’. Fire and emergency management will conversely be strengthened by enhanced understanding of the issues surrounding the sharing of risk and responsibility.

Primary research question: what are the institutional arrangements, policy processes, legal measures, planning regimes and community processes that are most likely to support the sharing of risk and responsibility?

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External References

Marco DeSisto's Phd project is investigating the complex interactions in bushfire risk management. This video was recorded at the 2010 Annual Conference in Darwin.

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Mick Ayre is the Lead End User for the Understanding Risk - Community Expectations project. He was interviewed at the 2010 Bushfire CRC annual conference

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John Handmer is the project leader of the Bushfire CRC project Sharing Responsibility. He was interviewed at the 2010 Annual Conference.

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