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National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

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

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National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

In December 2009, 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 prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters. The National Emergency Management Committee subsequently developed the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience which was adopted by COAG on 13 February 2011. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide high-level guidance on disaster management to federal, state, territory and local governments, business and community leaders and the not-for-profit sector. While the Strategy focuses on priority areas to build disaster resilient communities across Australia, it also recognises that disaster resilience is a shared responsibility for individuals, households, businesses and communities, as well as for governments. The Strategy is the first step in a long-term, evolving process to deliver sustained behavioural change and enduring partnerships.

View the Communiqué on the Council of Australian Governments website.

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience - Companion Booklet

A companion booklet to the strategy has been produced to highlight some of the major initiatives that have been completed and/or are continuing to be progressed since the strategy was endorsed.

You can download a copy of the companion booklet: