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About

Andrew is Director Government Business and Enterprise Risk Management at Risk Frontiers. He is an emergency and risk management expert.  Andrew has performed various senior executive roles in the emergency management and social services sectors, including as the Deputy Chief Officer of the Victoria State Emergency Service and Director of Risk Management for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Andrew is passionate about risk management and his main interests lie in enhancing the capability of organisations and communities to manage risk and ultimately enhance their resilience. Andrew is known for his strategic thought leadership, and in the provision and implementation of end to end management solutions, including cultural change.

Andrew is an experienced crisis leader having held senior state-wide leadership roles during some of Australia’s most significant natural disasters such as the ‘Pasha Bulka’ Storm (2007), Black Saturday Bushfires (2009), and the Victorian Floods (2010/11). He has been author of state-wide disaster plans, policies and resilience strategies, for which he has received several awards.


Andrews’s significant professional experience is complemented by his academic achievements having completed a Masters of Science (Honours) Degree and a Bachelor of Economics Degree. Andrew is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certified business continuity practitioner.


Project leadership

Catastrophic events are cascading in nature, escalating in their impacts as interconnected essential services fail, causing further impacts and making the recovery more complex and prolonged. Events may not respect borders or boundaries, resulting in unclear accountabilities amongst responding agencies, and conflicting strategies and public messaging as different jurisdictions respond.

This study commenced in July 2017, and aims to better understand the nature of catastrophe and identify ways to improve management approaches in the Australian context.

This project was completed with the support of the BNHCRC Quick Response Fund.

Despite growing recognition of heatwaves as Australia’s most significant natural hazard in terms of lives lost, further research in the Australian context into the broader impacts of heatwaves and to understand how people cope and respond to heatwave warnings is needed. Research to understand residents’ and communities’ perspectives, experiences, and strategies, therefore, provides a valuable insight to community concerns and needs in relation to heatwaves.

Research team:

This project was completed with the support of the BNHCRC Quick Response Fund.

Heatwaves are Australia’s most deadly form of natural hazard, however, communities and institutions have often underestimated their impacts. Though there has been research performed on the health impacts of heatwaves in Australia, little focus has been given to the impacts on businesses and the direct financial costs of heatwaves.

Research team:
Year Type Citation
2017 Conference Paper Tofa, M. & Gissing, A. Heatwaves in New South Wales: how are residents and businesses coping?. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Conference Paper Haynes, K., Tofa, M., Gissing, A., Coates, L. & Roche, K. Sheltering in place during flooding: a case study of ex cyclone Debbie. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Tofa, M. & Gissing, A. Rapid response report: study of heatwave impacts on residents and businesses in western Sydney. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Tofa, M., Gissing, A., Van Leeuwen, J. & Smith, C. Rapid response report: study of heatwave impacts on NSW Northern Rivers region 2017. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Coates, L. et al. An analysis of human fatalities from cyclones, earthquakes and severe storms in Australia. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Gissing, A., Tofa, M., Opper, S. & Haynes, K. Influence of road characteristics on flood fatalities in Australia. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2016 Conference Paper Rae, E., Campbell, P., Haynes, K., Gissing, A. & Coates, L. Preventing flood related fatalities: a focus on people driving through floodwater. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Journal Article Gissing, A., Haynes, K., Coates, L. & Keys, C. Motorist behaviour during the 2015 Shoalhaven floods. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 31, (2016).
2016 Report Haynes, K. et al. An analysis of human fatalities from floods in Australia 1900-2015. (2016).
2015 Journal Article Gissing, A., Haynes, K., Coates, L. & Keys, C. Reducing deaths from driving into floodwaters. Crisis Response Journal 11, 66-67 (2015).
2015 Conference Paper Gissing, A., Haynes, K., Coates, L. & Keys, C. How do we reduce vehicle related deaths: exploring Australian flood fatalities 1900-2015 - non peer reviewed extended abstract. Adelaide Conference 2015 (2015).

Posters credited

Would You Drive Through Flood Water?


Floods are the second highest cause of death from natural hazard events in Australia following extreme heat. Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC research has so far uncovered 1874 flood fatalities between 1900-2015. This data shows a growing number of fatalities associated with vehicles entering floodwaters, particularly 4WDs.

Key Topics:
An analysis of human fatalities and building losses from natural disasters in Australia


Who is most at risk? Why? What are they doing? How have vulnerability and exposure trends changed over time? What can we learn about the circumstances of these deaths? This information will assist agencies with planning, resourcing and community education. 

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Audio-Video 02 Jul 2015 Using realistic disaster scenario analysis Save (0 bytes) emergency management, modelling, scenario analysis
HazardNoteEdition 27 Aug 2015 Learning from the past, planning for the future Save (166.29 KB) modelling, multi-hazard, risk analysis
Presentation-Slideshow 03 Sep 2015 An analysis of human fatalities from flood hazards in Australia 1900-2014 Save (1.39 MB) flood, risk analysis, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 17 May 2016 An analysis of human fatalities from flood hazards in Australia, 1900-2015 Save (1.78 MB) emergency management, flood, risk analysis
Presentation-Slideshow 01 Sep 2016 An analysis of human fatalities from flood hazards in Australia,1900-2015 - Katharine Haynes Save (1.28 MB) education, flood, policy
HazardNoteEdition 13 Oct 2016 Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods? Save (867.95 KB) decision making, flood, warnings
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Planning and Capability Requirements for Catastrophic and Cascading Events Save (1005.5 KB) capability, emergency management, multi-hazard
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 An Analysis of Building Losses and Human Fatalities from Natural Disasters Save (5.22 MB) economics, multi-hazard, risk analysis
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Using Realistic Disaster Scenario Analysis Save (1.62 MB) emergency management, modelling, scenario analysis
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Jul 2017 Communicating and warning: getting the message across more effectively Save (4.79 MB)
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Jul 2017 Lightning presentation: planning and capability requirements for catastrophic and cascading events Save (1021.56 KB) capability, emergency management, multi-hazard
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Rapid response study: 2017 NSW heatwaves Save (152.17 KB) communities, severe weather, vulnerability
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Sheltering during floods: experiences of residents and businesses in the Northern Rivers region Save (760.42 KB) communities, flood, severe weather

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook