Building Resilient Infrastructure
In March 2016, the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and 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: