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About the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub

The initial development of the Knowledge Hub was led by the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) with financial support from the National Emergency Management Program (NEMP).  The Knowledge Hub supports the communication and implementation of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, with a focus on communicating with and educating the community.

In 2016, management of the Knowledge Hub was transferred from the Attorney General's Department of the Australian Government to the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR).

 The Knowledge Hub provides ready access to evidence-based research to support improved policy development, decision making and best practice in disaster resilience and the EM sector. The Hub will be updated regularly and be responsive to feedback and ideas from users.

About AIDR

AIDR is a partnership between the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Australian Red Cross (ARC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC).  AIDR is funded under a contract between the Australian Government, through the Attorney General's Department, and AFAC fpr the delivery of a range of products and serivces, including the ongoing development of the Knowledge Hub.

AIDR delivers a range of education, professional development, and information sharing activities and services across Australia.

About Australia's National Security Strategy

The then Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched Australia’s National Security Strategy on 23 January 2013. It provides an overarching framework for our national security efforts, and sets priorities for the next five years. The Strategy is an important next step following the 2008 National Security Statement, which articulated Australia’s national security agenda and set in motion reforms to strengthen the national security community.

About the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has adopted 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 developed the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience which was adopted by COAG on 13 February 2011.

Information on the national disaster resilience strategy can be found on the disaster resilience strategy pages of the Attorney General's Department website.

Key Messages

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

  • 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 assistancem 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.

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

Logo and National Slogan

The Disaster Resilience Australia logo, incorporating the ‘Get ready’ tag adopted as the national slogan of the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management in November 2012, has been developed as the visual identity for the NSDR. 

For information on use of the logo and to download logo in various formats visit the Disaster Resilient Australia logos and guidelines page.

About the National Emergency Management Program

The National Emergency Management Program (NEMP) aims to increase emergency management capability by strengthening communities, individuals, business and institutions to minimise the adverse effects of disasters in Australia. All new project proposals are assessed by the National Emergency Management Committee for recommendation to the Minister for Emergency Management for funding. For more information visit the National Emergency Management Projects page on the Australian Emergency Management website.

About Emergency Management Australia

EMA is responsible for preparing for emergencies and disasters through the development and maintenance of national plans, coordination of Australian Government crisis response and recovery efforts, and coordination of protective security arrangements (physical and personal) for Australian high office holders, visiting foreign dignitaries, at-risk foreign missions in Australia, as well as security arrangements for special events in Australia or overseas. It also assists with overseas requests for disaster assistance, in conjunction with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). For more information visit the Australian Emergency Management website.

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