Disaster relief

Discussion paper

18 Dec 2019

This paper argues that a National Climate Disaster Fund should be established to reduce the cost burden of natural disaster response and recovery to Australian households and taxpayers. The Australia Institute suggests that it should be funded by a levy on coal, gas and oil...

Working paper

11 Sep 2019

This research brief summarises three recent publications that analyse some of the social and political effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji.


16 Jul 2019

This quick guide provides information about domestic arrangements at the Commonwealth level to work with state and territory governments on emergency and disaster management and resilience.


27 May 2019

The aim of this study is to complement ongoing work on the role of social protection in responding to emergencies in Nepal. The study uses a mixed-methods research approach to assess the potential role of the social security allowance (SSA) schemes to support emergency response...


1 May 2019

Reporting on a cash and voucher assistance (CVA) preparedness study, this report considers activities in Fiji and is part of a series of feasibility studies to increase awareness, capacity and expertise in cash programming for humanitarian assistance in the Pacific Islands.


Independent review to improve practice and response of ACFID members in the prevention of sexual misconduct: final report
21 Nov 2018

This audit found 31 cases of misconduct committed by aid workers connected to Australian charities. The sector's peak body, the Council for International Development, has promised major changes to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people.


26 Oct 2018

Tropical Cyclone Evan passed over Samoa on 13-14 December 2012 and caused widespread damage. This report evaluates the Tropical Cyclone Evan Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme (TCRRP), which was implemented as budget support, and the Tourism Cyclone Recovery Programme (TCRP) which was implemented as a program....


9 Aug 2018

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) engaged the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) as an independent reviewer to understand practice and response of ACFID member organisations in preventing sexual misconduct amongst its employees and agents, and to make recommendations to address any areas...


27 Feb 2018

There is an increasing recognition that realistic climate change scenarios predict events that have the potential to significantly impact on all aspects of society. Some developed nations are taking steps to prepare for climate driven, crisis events such as extreme weather disasters and large-scale population...


16 Jun 2017

The research priorities outlined in this document represent the consensus view of industry experts and are based on extensive consultation and discussion. This is the first time an exercise of this scale focussed on natural disasters has been conducted in Australia


2 Jun 2017

This publication collects the top level outcomes of recent workshops and, in doing so, presents a broader set of national research priorities in natural hazards emergency management by identifying end user motivated national priorities across major themes.


5 Apr 2017


This publication is an initiative of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific. The RCG seeks to not only link the region with the Global Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination, but also to provide...


31 Jan 2017

This report provides Parliament and the New Zealand public an independent account of how effectively and efficiently the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has performed.

Journal article

5 Dec 2016


This paper reviews evaluations of post-disaster recovery efforts. The focus is on operational material and other ‘grey literature’ from disasters that have occurred in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. We develop a typology that categorises disaster events and includes whether evaluations were...


29 Nov 2016


The call to improve ‘joined-up’ government articulates a principle that is the foundation of effective and efficient public administration. Increasingly, the ability of government to achieve effects that are more than the sum of their parts will determine whether Australia influences its...


4 Dec 2015


The Asian Perspectives on Civil-Military-Police Relations and Coordination in Disaster Management study explores the historical evolution of civil-military-police relations in Asia and the role that the military plays in Asian societies today in relation to disaster response. It focuses on how military...


30 Aug 2015


Australian responses to international, complex emergencies and humanitarian crises, generated by natural disaster, conflicts or incidents, demand the coordinated responses of multiple civil-military-police actors and agencies.

A scoping study of Australian government agency training needs in the latter half of 2013...


1 Jun 2015

Mapping of organisations in Indonesia in disaster risk reduction (MOIDRR)


This is the first Technical Report in a three part series for the two year DFAT Australian Aid funded project (2013-2015), Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster...


1 Jun 2015

Capacity Building for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia

This Technical Report details the Capacity Building component of the Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Management in Indonesia project. It is the second of three technical reports that were...


1 Jun 2015

Practitioner Guidelines for Capacity Building for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia

Disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) is increasingly recognised as an important component of community resilience in the event of a natural disaster as documented in the recent outcome of...



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