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National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines

Australian Government: Attorney-General's Department - Emergency Management in Australia

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 National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines

This document has been prepared to improve the consistency and rigour of emergency risk assessments, increase the quality and comparability of information on risk and improve the national evidence-base on emergency risks in Australia. The National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines provide a contextualised emergency risk assessment methodology consistent with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – Principles and guidelines.

Given the complexity and severity of possible consequences from emergency events, these guidelines have been designed to generate an integrated, comprehensive and objective understanding of emergency risks. The outputs from risk assessments undertaken using the NERAG will improve decision making when allocating scarce resources for risk treatment including emergency preparedness measures.

The users of the guidelines are likely to be risk study sponsors, team leaders, subject matter experts (e.g. hazard leaders) and facilitators for emergency risk studies. However, the NERAG will meet the needs of a range of stakeholders, including those responsible for developing emergency risk management policy, those accountable for ensuring risk is effectively managed in a community or organisation, specialist risk practitioners who must apply the methodology, and those who evaluate the effectiveness of emergency risk management practices.

The NERAG provide a methodology to assess risks associated with emergency situations and are principally concerned with risk assessment. They do not focus on risk management, nor do they address business continuity processes and practices as outlined AS/NZS 5050:2010 Business Continuity – Managing Disruption Related Risk, although outputs from applying the methodology would support and benefit these activities.

The guidelines are not intended to address the entire risk management framework or the risk management process as outlined in AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009. However, because they focus on the assessment of risks from emergency events, they ultimately contribute to the management of emergency risks in line with the international standards for risk management.

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