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Our Plan and Actions  

To achieve our vision, we recognise that our program of advocacy must be based on a sound foundation of comprehensive, robust economic facts. Therefore our first major undertaking has been to commission and release a White Paper, that:

  • models the economics of mitigation activity in helping to inform risk reduction activities versus recovery spend;
  • identifies opportunities where governments can work with business, not-for-profit and community leaders in resilience-building activities; and
  • provides comprehensive information about risks in our community, particularly in relation to extreme weather events.

The findings and recommendations within the White Paper are now driving our activities over the medium and long term, including to:  

  • demonstrate the economic case that investment in mitigation of natural hazards risk has economic benefits by lessening the need for expenditure on recovery;
  • promote a multi-faceted, integrated approach to community resilience to natural hazards, especially championing how to most effectively engage business in building capacity;
  • draw together the separate strands of policy – such as land use planning, building codes, mitigation infrastructure, emergency response, taxation and community education – that underpin effective and enduring disaster resilience;
  • provide the framework for cooperation and collaboration between all three levels of government, industry and community;
  • facilitate a comprehensive assessment of whether the existing national arrangements promote the most effective use of Australian and State Government funding for disaster mitigation, recovery and reconstruction; and  
  • educate the community about risks, particularly in relation to extreme weather events.

Our actions will align closely with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, which was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in February 2011.

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