Disaster Resilient Australia

Disaster Resilient Australia LogoEvery year, Australian communities face devastating losses caused by disasters. Bushfires, floods, storms, other hazards and their associated consequences have significant impacts on communities, the economy, infrastructure and the environment.

In 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to adopt a whole-of-nation resilience-based approach to disaster management, which recognises that a national, coordinated and cooperative effort is needed to enhance Australia’s capacity to withstand and recover from emergencies and disasters.

The Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC) subsequently developed the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) which was adopted by COAG on 13 February 2011.

The NSDR is the first step in a long-term, evolving process to deliver the sustained behavioural change and enduring partnerships that are essential to building disaster resilient communities.

It is expected that state, territory and local governments will use the NSDR to inform local action and business and community leaders, as well as the not-for-profit sector are also encouraged to embrace this approach. We hope all Australians develop a shared understanding of the critical part they play in developing their own disaster resilience and that of their communities.

Image of National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Key MessagesKey Messages

As part of the promotion of the NSDR six key messages have been developed that embody the fundamental principles of a Disaster Resilient Australia.

They are available for use by all jurisdictions and agencies and are designed to support consistent messaging about disaster resilience to all Australians.

The messages are:

  • Disasters will happen
    Natural disasters are inevitable, unpredictable and significantly impact communities and the economy
  • Disaster resilience is your business
    Governments, businesses, not-for-profit, communities and individuals all have a role to play and to be prepared
  • Connected communities are resilient communities
    Connected communities are ready to look after each other in times of crisis when immediate assistance may not be available
  • Know your risk
    Every Australian should know how to prepare for any natural disaster
  • Get ready - then act
    Reduce the effects of future disasters by knowing what to do
  • Learn from experience
    We reduce the effects of future disasters by learning from past experiences

Logo and branding

The Disaster Resilient Australia branding has been developed as the visual identity for the NSDR. It will be utilised as the unifying graphic element across the entire range of materials produced as part of the NSDR.

The logo illustrates the Australian community coming together to create Australia. It reinforces the idea that no single person can achieve disaster resilience on their own, it must be a collaborative effort.

The silhouettes that form the shape of Australia represent the whole population.

For information on use of the logo and associated branding please view the: