Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud has updated Parliament on the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework to reduce natural disaster risks and increase the nation's resilience.
Minister Littleproud said it is critical that we all look into the future and take the action needed to reduce the risk of disasters and build our resilience.
“The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework gives us a base to build on and strategies to guide us," Minister Littleproud said.
“I will regularly update Parliament on the progress that we are making to ensure that Australia becomes a more resilient nation.
“The aim is to reduce the impacts of natural hazards on our communities, essential services and households.
“Since last summer's bushfires, the Government has been working to deliver the support communities need to deal with the trauma and to rebuild through locally-led recovery plans.
“The National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA), established early in 2020, is leading nationally co-ordinated recovery activities to support communities and families, volunteer emergency service personnel, farmers and foresters, and small businesses.
“We've delivered more than $1.8 billion to support relief, recovery and resilience activities through the National Bushfire Recovery Fund and other Government sources.
“In the wake of the bushfires, the Australian Government also established the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, which handed down its final report in October 2020.
“It provides guidance about the priorities to all levels of government so our national natural disaster arrangements are the best they can be.
“The Australian Government has been decisive in responding to the Royal Commission recommendations and I ask the state and territory governments to move quickly and implement the reforms required."
National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework sets the five-year foundation to 2023 to address systemic disaster risk in all sectors against four priorities, which include understanding disaster risk, accountable decisions, enhanced investment, and governance, ownership and responsibility.