Sharing responsibility for implementing the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

A key message out of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) is that building a disaster resilient Australia is the shared responsibility of “governments, businesses, not-for-profit, communities and individuals”.

Yet while there is wide support for this position, a lot more work needs to be done to better understand how stakeholders can share responsibility for disaster resilience effectively and fairly.
This one-day workshop used an interactive format to explore the meaning of ‘shared responsibility’ for the implementation of the NSDR.

The workshop took place on 13 March at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

For further information contact Jennifer Hearn at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, (02) 9995 6392, jennifer.hearn@environment.nsw.gov.au

Three panels of speakers representing a wide range of perspectives from “governments, businesses, not-for-profit, communities and individuals” as well as from research addressed one or more of the following questions:

  1. What would ‘disaster resilience’ look like and will we know it when we see it?
  2. What has been learned about sharing responsibility for disaster resilience from experiences so far?
  3. What aspects of current practices and relationships most need to change in order that responsibilities for disaster resilience can be shared effectively and fairly?

The panel sessions were followed by an open floor discussion.

A written, summarised account of the workshop will be made publicly available, subject to review by the speakers.

This event builds on the work of the Bushfire CRC research project Sharing responsibility, undertaken by the Centre for Risk and Community Safety at RMIT University and is a follow-up to a successful workshop conducted as part of this project in Melbourne in 2012.

This workshop is supported by the Bushfire CRC, RMIT University, the University of New South Wales, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the NCCARF Emergency Management network and ACCARNSI.

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