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Our Vision 

As business leaders representing a cross-section of the Australian economy we believe that making communities safer and more resilient to extreme weather events is of national importance.

Our vision is to:

  • work collaboratively with governments to effect change in public policy and increase investment aimed at building safer and more resilient communities; and
  • actively improve the capacity of people and businesses to better withstand future natural disasters.  

We recognise that to achieve this will require:

  • better alignment between the activities of government, industry and community to build resilience to natural hazards, including flood mapping, land use planning, building codes, mitigation and consumer education;
  • better understanding among Australians of the notion of community resilience along with a greater desire and urgency to take individual action; and
  • better understanding and resolve among businesses of their role in supporting preparedness in the communities where they work.

Kevin Russell


“We are strong believers in offering constructive public policy solutions to government in areas where we think there is both social and commercial benefit.

“Our services are critical in disaster response, and we deliver them across infrastructure that must be highly resilient against the impact of natural disasters.

“This initiative will allow all stakeholders to work better together in both planning for the effects of natural hazards and responding to them.”  

Gail Kelly

Westpac Group

“Our work to support customers and communties after recent natural disasters has really highlighted to me the economic and social challenges they face, in many cases long after the event itself. I am pleased to be involved in this Roundtable to support action from business, community and government to prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters and build safer communities”

Scott MacDonald

Investa Property Group

“Investa joined the Roundtable to support the development of cost-effective solutions to mitigate the adverse consequences of disasters for humans, communities and businesses. We will continue to work with our partners and government to develop more prepared and resilient Australian communities.”

Mike Wilkins

Insurance Australia Group

"Recent natural disasters have illustrated our vulnerability to natural hazards. In just the last five years, the damage caused to private property and public infrastructure has reached well into the billions of dollars.

"We firmly believe we, as a nation, can do much more to adapt our communities to better withstand natural hazards – from stronger codes to ensure buildings are better protected, to more appropriate land use reflecting risk, to more hazard mitigation infrastructure."

Heinrich Eder

Munich Re

“By sharing our extensive global experience, Munich Re hopes to work with all levels of government, along with like-minded organisations in the commercial sector, to ensure that Australian Communities are better positioned to plan for, and respond to the ever present threat of natural catastrophes.  

“We believe that damage prevention and mitigation are the best and most cost effective means to protect and lift the living standard of the community on a sustainable basis.”

Robert Tickner

Australian Red Cross

“Red Cross is well aware of the long term devastation wrought by disasters on individuals, households, businesses and communities, on an all too regular basis.  

“As the world’s leading provider of humanitarian support to individuals and communities impacted by these increasingly frequent events, we strongly support efforts to promote and build more resilient communities. We recognise efforts need to be focused not only on tangibles such as bricks and mortar, but also on supporting people to better prepare, respond and recover through information, advice, education, and engagement.”  

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