Hearings shift focus to states and territories

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will focus on the responsibilities of states and territories when hearings resume on Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

Australian states and territories have primary responsibility for emergency management in the context of natural disasters.

Next week’s hearings will examine community messaging and the growing use of mobile applications or ‘apps’, the role of designated Cross Border Commissioners and delivery of essential services – including roads, telecommunications and energy.

The Royal Commission will also inquire into issues relating to volunteers, the interoperability of communications and firefighting equipment, and personnel operating in other jurisdictions.

Additional community witnesses are also expected to provide personal accounts.

From Monday, 6 July 2020, the Commission will examine states’ and territories’ approaches to natural disaster management – with a particular focus on land-use planning; resource sharing, including interstate and international assistance; accountability mechanisms and recovery.

Hearings will be live streamed via the Commission’s website from 10:00am.

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