National Risk Assessment Framework

It has been demonstrated in many events that the impact of natural hazards is not confined to the generation and passage of events such as severe storms or floods, but can have much longer and more profound influences on communities.

The 2002 report to the Council of Australian Governments titled Natural Disasters in Australia: Reforming Mitigation, Relief and Recovery Arrangements [PDF 1.4MB] External site link advocated a fundamental shift in focus towards cost-effective, evidence-based disaster mitigation. One key solution proposed to address the knowledge gap reflected in the report is outlined in its Reform Commitment #1: Develop and implement a five year national program of systematic and rigorous disaster risk assessments.

The National Risk Assessment Framework and Implementation Plan were prepared to address this initiative and were endorsed by the Australian Emergency Management Committee in 2007. The National Risk Assessment Framework also directly supports new Australian Government Disaster Resilience Program External site link on reducing disaster risk.

The National Risk Assessment Framework was designed to improve risk management practices for the emergency management sector and to foster consistent base-line information on emergency risks. The natural hazards covered in the framework are bushfire, earthquake, flood, storm, tropical cyclone, storm surge, landslide, tsunami, tornado and meteorite strike.

Achievements under the Framework's Implementation Plan include:

Topic contact: Last updated: July 16, 2013