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Resilience is the capacity of individuals and communities to cope with disturbances or changes and to maintain adaptive behaviours. Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) takes an internationally progressive approach in the application of a disaster resilience paradigm. This strategy gives communities greater options and diversity in managing natural hazards, and places natural hazard preparation, prevention, response and recovery in the context of societies learning from and adapting to change.
The NSDR recognises four characteristics of disaster resilient communities: 1) they function well while under stress 2) they adapt successfully 3) they are self-reliant and 4) they have strong social capacity. Building these characteristics of disaster resilient communities is seen as a shared responsibility among individuals, households, businesses, governments and communities. Yet how could progress towards the development of these characteristics be assessed? Where are the areas of high and low disaster resilience in Australia? How could investments to develop disaster resilience be prioritised, evaluated and reported?
This project is developing an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.
The Index is a tool for assessing the resilience of communities to natural hazards at a large scale and is designed to provide input into to macro-level policy, strategic planning and community engagement activities at national, state and local government levels.
First, it is a snapshot of the current state of natural hazard resilience at a national scale. Second, it is a layer of information for use in strategic policy development and planning. Third, it provides a benchmark against which to assess future change in resilience to natural hazards. Understanding resilience strengths and weaknesses will help communities, governments and organisations to build the capacities needed for living with natural hazards.
Deliverables will include development of disaster resilience indicators, maps of disaster resilience at multiples scales, a state of disaster resilience report, and examples that use the Index in a natural hazard resilience planning context. The project has produced two journal articles and two conference papers, and has presented at nine industry seminars.
|2016||Journal Article||Top-down assessment of disaster resilience: A conceptual framework using coping and adaptive capacities. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 19, (2016).|
|2016||Report||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Overview of Indicators. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2016||Report||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2016||Report||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Conceptual framework and indicator approach. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2015||Report||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index Annual Report 2014. (2015).|
|2015||Report||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).|
|19 Mar 2014||The Australian natural disasters resilience index||612.61 KB (612.61 KB)||capability, multi-hazard, resilience|
|08 Sep 2014||The Australian natural disaster resilience index||1.17 MB (1.17 MB)||communities, resilience|
|27 Oct 2014||Devloping an index of resilience for Australian communities||communities, resilience|
|10 Apr 2015||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index 2015 NSW RAF Presentation||3.5 MB (3.5 MB)||communities, multi-hazard, resilience|
|17 May 2016||The Australian natural disaster resilience index: a system for assessing the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards||2.56 MB (2.56 MB)||communities, multi-hazard, resilience|
|14 Jun 2016||What is disaster resilience and how can it be measured?||373.58 KB (373.58 KB)||communities, indigenous communities, resilience|
|18 Apr 2017||The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index - April 2017||2.78 MB (2.78 MB)||multi-hazard, resilience, vulnerability|
Resilient communities will be better able to anticipate hazards, withstand adversity, reduce losses and adapt and learn in a changing environment.
Resilient communities are better able to anticipate hazards, withstand adversity, reduce losses and recover From natural hazard events. The Australian natural disaster resilience index is a system of indicators that WILL assess and report the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards.
The Australian natural disaster resilience index (ANDRI) will assess the state of disaster resilience in Australia.
|Child-centred disaster risk reduction||Prof Kevin Ronan||CQUniversity|
|Improving the role of hazard communications in increasing residents’ preparedness and response planning||A/Prof Jennifer Boldero||University of Melbourne|
|Connecting communities and resilience: A multi–hazard study of preparedness, response and recovery communications||Prof Vivienne Tippett||Queensland University of Technology|
|Northern Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazard Training||Steve Sutton||Charles Darwin University|