Public-private partnerships in emergency and disaster management: Examples from the Queensland floods 2010-11

Bhishna Bajracharya, Peter Hastings

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Numerous international studies have corroborated the value of public-private sector partnerships in reducing vulnerability and building resilience to emergencies and disasters. This paper proposes a simple conceptual framework for publicprivate partnerships in emergency and disaster management that could be applied to research and policy analysis in Australia. The framework proposes three dimensions: sector types (public, business and community), partnership arrangements (legislated and formal to informal agreements), and partnership roles (strategic and resilience-building and response and recovery). This paper describes how the three sectors can work together under various partnership arrangements for preventive or responsive measures in emergency and disaster management. Public-private partnerships during and after the Queensland floods of 2010-11 are used to illustrate the relationships presented in the framework and to give a snapshot of these partnerships in Queensland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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