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National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines Project
National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines Project is a key step in the
Implementation Plan for the National Risk Assessment Framework that has
been developed to meet the outcomes sought by Reform Commitment One (RC1)
from the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) report on natural
disaster mitigation, relief and recovery in
‘RC1 - ‘develop and implement a five- year national program of systematic and rigorous disaster risk assessments’ RC1..
The objective of the project is to develop risk assessment guidelines which will assist practitioners at all levels of government to undertake risk assessments that support the National Risk Assessment Framework. Extensive research and stakeholder consultation will be undertaken in order to develop effective, robust guidelines. The project will include an evaluation from states/territories following the completion of draft guidelines to ensure that the final product is comprehensive, functional and suits their needs.
The main outcomes and expected benefits for this project are:
· Safer sustainable communities through better planning using systematic and rigorous disaster risk assessments
· A greater integrated and comprehensive understanding disaster risk assessments to enhance emergency preparedness.
· Consistent, interoperable, measurable disaster risk assessments across all jurisdictions.
· Improved understanding of world’s best practice with respect to risk assessment
Key components of the project which have contributed to the current draft of the guidelines include:
Delivering on COAG’s requirements
The National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG) have been developed as one of the first outputs of the National Risk Assessment Framework’s Implementation Plan. As such, they provide a methodology to support the reform commitments and risk and data objectives recommended by COAG.In addition to COAG’s requirements, there are sound practical, social and economic reasons for having a national approach to the conduct of emergency risk assessments. Primarily these reasons include:
Compatibility with risk standards
In 1995, Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand developed a risk management standard: AS/NZS 4360:1995 Risk management. It emphasised the management of risk rather than the management of hazards. The emergency management sector recognised the value of this approach and contextualised risk management approaches were published by Australian Emergency Management in 2000. The Australian/New Zealand Risk Management Standard was revised and republished in 2004 and has been adopted by many organisations both in and outside Australia as the basis for their approaches to risk management. As a result, in 2005 the International Standards Organisation decided to create an international ISO standard, based on AS/NZS 4360:2004. ISO 31000 Risk Management will extend the risk management process to include principles for risk management and will specify a framework for embedding risk management into standard governance and business practices (both of which were either implicit or only covered partially in AS/NZS 4360:2004 Risk management). The international standard ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – principles and guidelines will be published in October 2009. Standards Australia has advised that the international standard will be adopted in a very short time frame in lieu of AS/NZS 4360:2004. A final content check will therefore be required to ensure the NERAG are compliant with the new ISO 31000.
Further information on the National Risk Assessment Framework and other project documentation can be accessed by selecting the links in the right hand panel.
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