About us

The members of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities are the most senior executive or a non-executive director of Australian Red Cross, IAG, Munich Re, Optus and Westpac Group.


Why we are concerned

As business and organisational leaders representing a cross section of the Australian economy we believe it is of national importance to make communities safer and more resilient to natural hazards.

Each member organisation of the Roundtable, Australian Red Cross, IAG, Investa, Munich RE, Optus and Westpac, plays a crucial role in community planning or disaster recovery, and all support customers and communities affected by floods, storms and bushfires.

Our purpose

The purpose of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities is to make Australian communities safer by improving disaster resilience and climate change preparedness.

We have done this by expanding knowledge, collaborating and leading by example to help influence decisions made by governments, businesses and communities.

Our objectives

The Roundtable has focused its efforts across three areas:

Partnering with governments

  • Bringing industry perspective in support of the effective development, governance and implementation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. More broadly, we have challenged and worked with all levels of government to better protect Australian communities, particularly in light of climate change.

Business action and leadership

  • As well as demonstrating leadership through our own commitments and actions, we have supported all businesses to better understand and take steps to improve their own resilience, directly improving the resilience of their employees, customers, supply chain and communities.

More resilient built environment for safer communities

  • We have worked to help ensure that infrastructure is located and developed in a way that prioritises the future prosperity and safety of communities.