Australian Natural Disasters Impacts Framework Project

The Australian Natural Disasters Impacts Framework Project is being managed by FRNSW, funded under the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program, through the NSW State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), with 50% contribution from the Commonwealth of Australia and 50% from NSW.

The purpose of this project is to help improve the quality, availability and management of data across the PPRR spectrum to:

  • facilitate informed discussion and decision making by governments and the community
  • support policy development, planning and accountability across the emergency management sector

Below are the deliverables of the Impacts project:

1) Impacts of Natural Disasters and Fire Emergencies:

The Impacts Framework is based on economic principles, and provides a basis one would take to determine the economic, social and environmental impacts, losses and benefits in the event of a natural disaster or fire emergency.

The framework achieves this by identifying the elements contributing to impacts and the relationship between them, and by informing the collection of information on a wide range of natural disasters and fire emergencies. It can be used across any temporal or geographic scale, limited or broad. The framework provides an extensive list of possible impacts that the user can select depending on their area of interest and requirements. The framework is not limited to any one phase of the PPRR spectrum, and can be used for emergency management, policy-making or other purposes.

2) Pilot Online Impacts Framework Portal – currently in development

An online portal to publish the sourced data into the Impacts framework, including mechanisms for stakeholders to deliver, share, query and report data.

3) Directory of Questions for Household Preparedness Surveys

A nationally agreed directory to support the development of surveys and questionnaires from a pre-determined list of data items and questions to enable a better understanding of household preparedness for fire and natural disaster emergencies. 

4) Impacts Project - Data Items

A report that describes the process and preliminary result of identifying and obtaining data items related to the Impacts Framework for use in the Pilot Impacts Portal.

5) Pilot Impacts Portal Requirements Specification

This specification contains the requirements for the Pilot Impacts Portal component of the Impacts Project.  It aims to define the system from the perspective of users, the data handling requirements, and expected functionality.

6) Pilot Impacts Portal: User Acceptance Testing

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is a process performed by users to determine if a system functions correctly according to the system specification. The information contained in this report consists of an overview describing the UAT process, a primer introducing the Pilot Impacts Portal graphical user interface features and eight test scripts.

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