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Message from National Bushfire Recovery Coordinator Andrew Colvin APM, OAM

Resilience. Relief. Recovery.
Friday, November 13, 2020

The Australian Government has announced its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.  

As part of that response, the Australian Government will establish a standing National Resilience, Relief and Recovery Agency that will strengthen the Government’s ability to support recovery from disasters and emergencies of national significance, and to build resilience. The new Agency will be set up by 1 July 2021. 

The new Agency will initially incorporate the functions of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA), which was established in response to the Black Summer bushfires. It will also integrate the functions of the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, and the Department of Home Affairs disaster recovery and risk reduction functions.

Importantly, it will drive the reduction of natural disaster risk, enhance natural disaster resilience, and ensure effective relief and recovery to all hazards across Australia.

We’ve learnt a lot this year about recovery on a national scale – that valuable knowledge and the positive relationships we’ve built won’t go to waste. 

While the NBRA will be involved with the establishment of the new Agency, that does not change our commitment to bushfire recovery. We remain focused on providing the support communities need after the devastating impact of the 2019-20 bushfires to recover and rebuild a resilient future.

Bushfire affected communities will not be forgotten.

We will keep doing the job the Prime Minister asked us to do and work alongside you, local governments, non-government and not-for-profit sectors, and community groups to help communities recover in their own way.

Our coordination role will continue with our Recovery Support Officers remaining on the ground, and Liaison Officers working to support locally-led recovery.



Learn more about the Australian Government's response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements in A national approach to national disasters