Keynote speaker announcement: Mr Jonathan Coppel

jonathan-coppelWe are pleased to announce Mr Jonathan Coppel, Productivity Commissioner – Natural Disaster Funding, Productivity Commission as a keynote speaker at the 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference to be held at Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on the 30-31 May 2016.

The Conference theme ‘EARTH, FIRE and RAIN’ will examine issues that impact preparedness, resilience, response and capability.

Mr Coppel will discuss the key findings in the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission’s final report into Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements delivered on on 1 May 2015 and also building resilience.

In the report it states “Natural disasters are unforeseen and their impacts are unavoidable, but in many cases the consequences of natural disasters can be mitigated”.

Key points of the report include that current government natural disaster funding arrangements are not efficient, equitable or sustainable and that governments overinvest in post disaster reconstruction and under invest in mitigation. Will this now result in less funding available for recovery? What does funding for mitigation mean for those working in Disaster Management and what impact will this have on disaster relief programs?

To learn more about an effective and sustainable balance of natural disaster mitigation, relief and recovery expenditure to build the resilience of communities

CLICK HERE to register for the 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference. If you would like speak at the conference CLICK HERE to submit an abstract. Abstracts close on 15 February 2016.