Infrastructure Australia releases infrastructure resilience advisory papers

Infrastructure resilience can be enhanced by looking not just at assets themselves but how they contribute to societal resilience overall.

In two new advisory papers, Infrastructure Australia (IA) recommends a whole-of-system, all-hazards approach to resilience planning focused on strengthening an infrastructure asset as well as the place, precinct, city, and region that the asset operates within.

“This is a step-change from traditional approaches of attempting to prevent or mitigate the loss of individual assets due to specific events,” IA says in the executive summary of the papers which are the outcomes of the Pathways to Infrastructure Resilience research project which involved 600 stakeholders from government, industry, peak bodies, academia and civil society organisations.

“These traditional risk management approaches fail to consider systemic risks that emerge from compounding shocks or stresses and apply to the entire system of physical assets, organisations, and communities.

“Therefore, to achieve infrastructure for resilience, asset, and network owners and operators need to act collectively as well as independently, and to collaborate with the community, emergency responders, local, state and territory governments, and the federal government around places and communities.”

Guidance is sorted into three categories of resilience:

  • Infrastructure resilience – the resilience planned for, designed, and built into assets, networks and systems;

  • Organisational resilience – the resilience of the organisations, personnel and processes supporting infrastructure to supply a service; and

  • Community resilience – the role the community plays in building and maintaining its own resilience while contributing to infrastructure resilience.

Click here to learn more about IA’s pathway to infrastructure resilience.

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