ACT Government Unveils Social Recovery Framework for Disaster Readiness

ACT, Australia


In a significant step towards enhancing disaster readiness, the ACT Government has launched its first Social Recovery Framework. Minister for Community Services, Seniors and Veterans Emma Davidson announced the framework on 27th June 2024, emphasizing its role in ensuring effective, timely, and community-centered delivery of social supports and services during disaster recovery. The framework focuses on keeping people safe, maintaining community connections, and strengthening emergency management arrangements.

Minister Davidson highlighted the importance of social recovery in enabling communities to rebuild following a disaster, focusing on individual needs such as health, wellbeing, safety, and security. The framework takes into account the increasing frequency and destructiveness of natural disasters due to climate change.

Co-designed with various partners, including healthcare providers, emergency management services, and the Canberra community, the framework provides practical direction and guidance to better support individuals and communities during the recovery phase.

ACT Greens Member for Yerrabi Andrew Braddock commended the ACT Government for expanding social recovery planning to all types of disasters, following his original motion in 2021 for a plan to support community recovery from the COVID pandemic. Braddock emphasized the need for communities to be well-prepared and resilient, regardless of the disaster.