Effective forecasts and warnings are important in allowing the Bureau’s stakeholders, customers and the public to prepare for extreme events, reducing the potential for loss of life and damage to infrastructure and property. The cost of natural disasters to the economy has been assessed as $18.2 billion per year, equivalent to 1.2 per cent of gross domestic product.
The audit’s objective was to determine if the Bureau’s processes support the delivery of effective extreme weather services. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted the following high-level criteria:
- Does the Bureau’s planning appropriately support its ability to provide extreme weather services?
- Does the Bureau manage its operational resources effectively in responding to extreme weather events?
- Is the Bureau’s assessment and reporting on the performance of its extreme weather services fit for purpose?
The Bureau’s provision of extreme weather services is an integral part of its ongoing operational activities. This audit has therefore included an analysis of key elements associated with the Bureau’s delivery of general weather services in order to examine its ability to escalate operational activity, when required, to deliver extreme weather services.