Research leader

Celeste Young Research Leader
Prof Bruce Rasmussen Research Leader

Research team

Dr Craig Cormick Research Team
Prof Roger Jones
Prof Roger Jones Research Team
Dr Fiona McDonald Research Team

End User representatives

Jennifer Finlay End-User
Dermot Barry End-User
Heather Lakin End-User
Janine Taylor End-User
Peter Button End-User
Rebel Talbert End-User
Ali Martin End-User
Steve O'Malley End-User
Mark Spain End-User
Faye Morten End-User
Pat Jones End-User
Sonja Braidner End-User
Heather Stuart
Heather Stuart End-User
John Beard End-User
Lisa Jones End-User
Paul Salter End-User
David Holland End-User
Faisal Atcha End-User
Kelly Martin End-User

Cultural diversity in the emergency management sector encompasses gender, race, disability and cultural diversity. Currently, there are low rates of participation for women and participants from diverse cultural backgrounds in many areas of emergency management. This has ramifications for the capacity of the emergency services to modernise and build future service capability in the face of considerable change and the need to build resilience to this. The 2011 National Strategy for Disaster Resilience identifies the importance of culturally and linguistically diverse variables, the need for disaster services to understand the needs of such communities, and the critical importance of community consultation and partnerships. However there is currently little understanding of community based barriers to inclusion in the Emergency Management Sector or how the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion activities should be measured to support effective management and practice.

Diversity is also an untapped area of potential that can have benefits – not only for emergency management agencies, but also for the broader community. It is important to understand what the value and benefits of effective diversity and inclusion activities are and where and how these can be quantified.

This new study, which began in July 2017, will focus on understanding what effective diversity and inclusion is and how this can be measured. This will be achieved through identifying where effective diversity and inclusion is occurring within organisations, the characteristic of this and how it can be implemented and measured at an organisational level. This will be examined from community, organisational and economic perspectives.

Our research will be undertaking three case studies in collaboration with our end users; one metropolitan, one regional, one rural.  We will investigate this through assessment of current organisational decision making structures, processes and policies and examine the values and narratives that inform these decisions. We will also explore the constraints and enablers in implementing effective inclusion activities, and examine how effective diversity and inclusion can serve to enhance the current objectives and service delivery of emergency management organisations.

The purpose of this research is to develop a practical framework tailored to the emergency management context which will enable organisations to better manage and measure diversity and inclusion programs and activities. The framework will be developed and tested in collaboration with our end user organisations and will build upon the current strengths from within these organisations. The project will assess the different needs across the levels of emergency management organisations to provide an evidence-based pathway for building more diverse and innovative work cultures for the future.

Year Type Citation
2019 Journal Article Young, C. & Jones, R. N. Effective diversity in emergency management organisations: the long road. Australian Journal of Emergency management 32, (2019).
2019 Report Young, C. Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability- Annual Report 2018. Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability Annual Report 16 (2019).
2019 Report Young, C. & Jones, R. Risky business: Why diversity and inclusion matter. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
2018 Conference Paper Young, C. Working from the inside out to improve utilisation of research in decision making. AFAC18 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Conference Paper Young, C. et al. Diversity and inclusion: Building strength and capability. AFAC18 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Conference Paper Bates, J. Research proceedings from the 2018 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2017 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Report Cormick, C. Community values survey. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Report Maharaj, N. & Rasmussen, B. Changing capabilities of emergency service organisations. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Report Pyke, J. Building capability in emergency services: diversity and inclusion in communities. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Report Young, C., Jones, R. & Kumnick, M. The long road: building effective diversity and inclusion in emergency management. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2018 Report Young, C., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N., Rasmussen, B. & Jones, R. Diversity And Inclusion: Building Strength And Capability Literature Review. (2018).
Date Title Download Key Topics
18 Apr 2017 Diversity: Building Strength and Capability PDF icon 569.1 KB (569.1 KB) diversity and inclusion, organisational, resilience
07 Jul 2017 Lightning presentation: diversity and inclusion PDF icon 1.61 MB (1.61 MB) diversity and inclusion, organisational, resilience
31 Aug 2017 Fire Australia Issue Three 2017 PDF icon 5.22 MB (5.22 MB) child-centred, prescribed burning, severe weather
16 Apr 2018 Diversity and inclusion: building strength and capability PDF icon 1.72 MB (1.72 MB) diversity and inclusion, organisational, resilience
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26 Apr 2019 Making diversity and inclusion the new normal in emergency services PDF icon 133.57 KB (133.57 KB) capability, diversity and inclusion, emergency management
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18 Jun 2019 Why risk ownership is important PDF icon 1.43 MB (1.43 MB) diversity and inclusion, economics, policy
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27 Aug 2019 Transforming through diversity and inclusion capability - the pathway to achieving diversity benefits PDF icon 3.46 MB (3.46 MB) diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion: building strength and capability
29 Jun 2017
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Diversity and inclusion: Building strength and capability
18 Sep 2018
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27 Aug 2019
Although diversity and inclusion (D&I) risks have always been present, they have not been registered and...