Supporting the risk management process with land information: a case study of Australia

Disasters. 2017 Apr;41(2):352-364. doi: 10.1111/disa.12195. Epub 2016 May 12.


It is frequently argued that, at the parcel level, stakeholders are capable of and well supported in managing their land-related risks. Yet, evidence from the contemporary Australian context suggests otherwise: numerous large-scale disaster events have revealed that citizens are ill-prepared to respond and recover adequately. This paper begins with the premise that information, specifically land information, could better support parcel-level risk preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery. State land administration organisations in Australia primarily maintain this information and make it accessible. Land information is used regularly across all levels of government to support risk management activities; however, such application has not always occurred at the parcel and citizen level. Via a case study approach, this paper initially explores the land information available in Australia to stakeholders interested in parcel-level detail, and then goes on to propose how the utilisation of parcel-level land information could serve to enhance risk management practices.

Keywords: Australia; building resilience; land information; land risk management; risk management.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Disasters*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Risk Management / organization & administration*