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Building Resilient Infrastructure

In March 2016, the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities released 'Building Resilient Infrastructure'. This report reviews the decision-making process for new infrastructure and emphasises the need to embed resilience into this process and practical guidance to do so. 

The report is based on findings that show critical infrastructure is highly vulnerable to, and a major casualty of, natural disasters. Repairing or replacing infrastructure after a natural disaster is often costly and difficult, and can worsen the suffering of affected communities. 

The report makes three key recommendations: 

1. Improve infrastructure planning processes: integrate resilience in government and industry decision-making by adopting the principles for resilience in infrastructure planning. These are: 

  • Identify disaster risks
  • Apply robust methodologies for CBAs
  • Coordinate, centralise and make available critical data and information
  • Strengthen approval process
  • Embed ongoing monitoring of resilience
2. Improve incentives: prioritise policy changes and funding arrangements that ensure disaster resilience is considered and incorporated, where appropriate, into infrastructure planning
 
3. Improve capacity: government and industry should work to strengthen the technical capacity of practitioners to identify, analyse and evaluate the costs and benefits of resilience options.
 
 
Released: 2 March 2016
 
Download full report:
Research report (3.5KB.pdf)
Download by section:
Joint CEO statement
Glossary & Acronyms
Companion reports
Executive summary
1. Introduction
2. Infrastructure investment: planning for resilience
3. The economic case for change: infrastructure projects
4. The economic case for change: national infrastructure investment
5. Practical guidance for decision-makers
6. Recommendations
References
Appendix A: Companion reports
Appendix B: Productivity Commission Inquiry into National Disaster Funding
Appendix C: Electricity transmission lines case study
Appendix D: Economic surplus from telecommunications
Appendix E: Top-down approach to forecasting national costs of non-resilient infrastructure
Appendix F: Assessing disaster hazards
Appendix G: Estimating resilience benefits
Download fact sheets:
Fact sheet: Building resilient infrastucture 
The first economic analysis of the social impact of natural disasters and benefits of infrastructure resilience