Rethinking emergency management and climate adaptation policies

Howes, Michael, Grant-Smith, Deanna, Bosomworth, Karyn, Reis, Kim, Tangney, Peter, Heazle, Michael, McEvoy, Darryn, & Burton, Paul (2012) Rethinking emergency management and climate adaptation policies. In 2012 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, 24-26 September 2012, Hobart, TAS. (Unpublished)


Emergency management and climate change adaptation will increasingly challenge all levels of government because of three main factors. First, Australia is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, particularly through the increasing frequency and/or intensity of disasters such as floods and bushfires. Second, the system of government that divides powers by function and level can often act as a barrier to a well-integrated response. Third, policymaking processes struggle to cope with such complex inter-jurisdictional issues.

This paper discusses these factors and explores the nature of the challenge for Australian governments. Investigations into the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the 2011 Perth Hills bushfires, and the 2011 Brisbane floods offer an indication of the challenges ahead and it is argued that there is a need to: improve community engagement and communication; refocus attention on resilience; improve interagency communication and collaboration; and, develop institutional arrangements that support continual improvement and policy learning.

These findings offer an opportunity for improving responses as well as a starting point for integrating disaster risk management and climate change adaptation policies. The paper is based on the preliminary findings of an NCCARF funded research project: The Right Tool for the Job – Achieving climate change adaptation outcomes through improved disaster management policies, planning and risk management strategies involving Griffith University and RMIT.

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ID Code: 64514
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk management, policy making, public policy, CEDM
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Environment Policy (160507)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2013 01:30
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 15:20

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