National Disaster Risk Information Services Capability

Australian Government, Dept. of Home Affairs

The pilot confirmed the need for a national capability to provide decision makers across the entire
economy with the information and advice they need about climate and disaster risk. The pilot indicated
that the national capability should comprise an information platform embedded within a service centre
that brings people together to understand climate and disaster risk and inform decision on risk reduction
options and approaches.

A national capability would provide access to reliable, authoritative, governed and trusted information,
modelling capability, processes and tools, together with networks of collaborating scientists, technical
specialists and decision makers, to develop a shared understanding of the problem and co-development
of climate and disaster risk reduction activities. The national capability could be delivered via an
information platform, together with a network of experts, providing guidance and expertise to share
knowledge and develop decision support.

Key recommendations and observations from the pilot  indicate:

  • the need to address complexity, uncertainty and systemic risk (recommendation 1);
  •  the design and development of the national capability as a socio-technical system rather than an information technology platform
  •  prioritisation, coordination and leadership of national information products and standards development and the provision of an assurance function for data information and services
  •  specific national scale data and information needs and requirements including:

– hazard information (recommendation 11);
– scenarios (recommendation 12);
– exposure information (recommendations 13 and 14);
– vulnerability information (recommendations 15 and 16);
– risk assessment processes and information (recommendations 17-20); and
– disaster consequence information to guide and monitor disaster risk reduction effort

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