Community safety sectors International development

Students practice earthquake drill. Jana Bikash Secondary School, Matatirtha, is in the process of being redeveloped to make the school more earthquake proof.  As part of this process children are taught how to take shelter beneath their desks in case of an earthquake.  Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID.

Every sector we work with is managing the rapid acceleration of knowledge and capabilities within community safety. We help our collaborators navigate this growth by providing the data, tools, applications, and guidance needed to prepare for the future.

Our work in international development is through the Australian Government overseas aid program to assist our Asia-Pacific neighbours in preventing new risk and reducing existing disaster risks. We contribute by providing preeminent science, data and technology to support evidence informed decision making aligned to the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.


Working together

Our community safety team collaborate to:

  • Strengthen the monitoring of hazards and improve warning systems
  • Build capability in-country to quantify hazard, exposure and vulnerability to improve preparedness, response and recovery actions, and to demonstrate the benefits of mitigation
  • Reduce future disaster risk by “Building back better” and guiding future development to be fit for the hazard environment
  • Support community awareness and engagement


Learn more about our international development assistance geared towards improving the preparedness, response and recovery cycle of natural hazard events.

Case Study Better science supports better disaster management in Indonesia

How Geoscience Australia’s ten-year partnership with the Indonesian Government has made Indonesian communities safer through enhanced natural disaster planning, response and management.

Allaster Cox, Australian Chargé d’Affaires to Indonesia. 

[Ensuring] authorities have the information they need to prepare for and manage disasters and, ultimately, save lives.

Allaster Cox

Australian Chargé d’Affaires to Indonesia