Handbook Showcase Systemic Disaster Risk

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
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AIDR will launch and showcase the highly anticipated Systemic Disaster Risk Handbook on the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction.

The world is in a new era of disaster risk management. The pace of change is extraordinary, the great risk amplifier of climate change is driving creation of new hazards and disaster risks, and the age of taking a hazard-by-hazard risk reduction approach is over. In these circumstances we must encourage, support and resource experimenting with new ideas and concepts.

Current and emergent leaders can influence whether risks are created, reduced, or outsourced. Forward-thinking leaders will engage with the rapidly changing risk context. They will understand how and where systemic disaster risks emerge, who will be impacted by the decisions they make, and foster longer term resilience outcomes where loss and harm are minimised. These leaders will model and cultivate a strong risk culture that will be a powerful enabling force for success.

Tune in to this free 60 minute webinar to hear from leading Australian experts as they share the latest thinking and action on systemic disaster risk and unpack the core concepts in the Handbook:

  • Disaster and emergency risk management is evolving to include systemic disaster risk and resilience to inform broader risk reduction efforts.
  • Whole-of-society involvement in managing risk is vital to resilience and reducing loss and harm caused by disasters.
  • Inclusive governance and risk cultures framed around place-based, systemic resilience and sustainable outcomes is key.
  • People and communities need tools, ability, and knowledge beyond traditional emergency management to resist, absorb, accommodate, recover, transform, and thrive in response to the effects of shocks and stresses.


2.00pm-3.00pm (AEDT)

Guest speakers

Jillian Edwards, Beyond Business as Usual and Handbook Write

Professor Alan March, University of Melbourne

Ramana James, IAG


Amanda Leck, Executive Director AIDR

Who should attend?

The handbook is a resource for leaders and decision-makers, and those who influence decisions. This can be interpreted broadly, and decision-makers can include:

  • Policymakers – at all levels of government, involved in regulating and administering the rules and arrangements of where to place people, assets, and infrastructure on the Australian landscape and how to support and enable recovery, disaster risk reduction and resilience.
  • Technical experts – from a wide range of specialisations (infrastructure planning, asset owners and operators, sustainable community development, climate change, public health, engineering, social protection, emergency management) involved in providing risk advice and information for use in investment decisions.
  • The business sector – with an interest in sustaining the economic resilience of communities and prioritising investment to reduce systemic risk.
  • Communities – with cultural and diverse lived experiences and a growing appetite to be involved; they are at the forefront of the impacts of decisions made that create risk in the first place.
  • Arts culture and civil society – promoting diversity and inclusion of those who are looking to contribute in meaningful ways.
  • Thought leaders and academics - centres of research and knowledge providing an evidence-base and expertise for climate and systemic disaster risk management.

The Handbook also has relevance to those who have in depth expertise and those who may be approaching systemic disaster risk for the first time. It is also relevant to communities, whose trust and involvement are pivotal to understanding disaster risk and getting to the source of what causes disaster.

About the Handbook Collection

The Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection:

  • provides an authoritative, trusted and freely available source of knowledge about disaster resilience principles in Australia
  • aligns national disaster resilience strategy and policy with practice, by guiding and supporting jurisdictions, agencies and other organisations and individuals in their implementation and adoption
  • highlights and promotes the adoption of good practice in building disaster resilience in Australia
  • builds interoperability between jurisdictions, agencies, the private sector, local businesses and community groups by promoting use of a common language and coordinated, nationally agreed principles.
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