Public safety strategies

Public safety strategies

Long-term consequences of flooding

A case study of the 2011 Queensland floods

Devastating floods in southeast Queensland in 2011 were the combination of flash flooding in the Lockyer Valley with riverine flooding in the Brisbane metropolitan area. While there is considerable information about the immediate impact on those affected, there is less understanding of the long-term health effects that follow such events. This study explored the perceptions of health effects and support received by people affected by the 2011 southeast Queensland flood six years after the event.

Aftermath: Beyond Black Saturday

Ten years after Black Saturday, the traumatised survivors reveal how they found the strength to recover from the worst bushfire disaster in Australian history.

Source: ABC iview. View the program until 5 March 2019 (58 minutes).

Gold standard strategic plans

How well do Canadian police services do?

Report on Government Services 2019

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.

Chapter 6: Police Services.

Law enforcement and public health

Law enforcement and public health: recognition and enhancement of joined-up solutions Summary

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

"Yuval Harari’s latest book builds upon his previous two, Homo Sapiens and Homo Deus. Harari is an historian, but this book is about modern philosophy. Harari covers such a diverse range of contemporary issues facing modern society that it is almost exhausting to read. It is not exhausting because it is difficult to read or to understand his intent, in fact it is very easy to read, and Harari’s writing style is engaging and even entertaining. It is exhausting because his storytelling will have you constantly examining your own beliefs and values.

At the external boundary of a disaster response operation

The dynamics of volunteer inclusion

"In the present article, practices of inclusion of different types of volunteers in the response to a large‐scale forest fire in Sweden are studied. Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with three types of voluntary actors. The volunteers were organized to different degrees, from members of organizations and participants in emergent groups to organizationally unaffiliated individuals. Organized volunteers were the most easily included, particularly if they were members of voluntary emergency organizations."

Improving maritime security in the Asia–Pacific

Over recent years, the Asia–Pacific maritime security environment has become increasingly complex. Transnational serious and organised crime in the maritime domain (including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; piracy; and trafficking of weapons, drugs and people), terrorism and an increasingly assertive Chinese maritime strategy are generating further complexity.

Source: John Coyne and Isaac Kfir, The Strategist. Read more here.

Australia's cybersecurity futures(s)

"This report uses scenario analysis to examine one such future: a world where cyberspace is fragmented in the year 2024. Contrary to the ambition of Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy, cyberspace is neither open nor free in this scenario. We analyse what that implies for cybersecurity. In particular, we examine the challenges and opportunities that Australian policymakers may face in the future and wish they had planned for in our present."

Counter-terrorism and civil liberties

Finding the right balance between community safety and personal freedoms

"In this podcast, hosts Nicky Lovegrove and Sharon Bessell hear from a national security expert, a legal scholar and an ethicist about encrypted communication, detention without charge, democratic accountability, and whether terrorism receives a disproportionate amount of concern from policymakers. "

Source: APPS Policy Forum podcast. Listen here.

Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020

"This short video case study explores how the process worked, and what factors led to it being widely considered a success. The policy team went on to win a commendation at the 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. The case study argues that the key elements at play included deeply engaged political and bureaucratic leadership, a multi-agency strategy backed up by physical co-location, and a determination to capture and retain the institutional memory being generated."

Reducing crime in public housing areas through community development

An evaluation of the High Density Housing Program in the ACT

State of the Service Report 2017–18

"The report highlights the changing APS context and the need to adapt to ensure fitness-for-purpose into the future. It echoes the thoughts Mr David Thodey AO, Chair of the Independent Review of the APS has shared that the APS is not broken, but it does need to be ready to respond quickly to government, changing community needs and to take advantage of emerging technologies."

Source: Australian Public Service Commission. Read more here.

Decrypting the Encryption Debate

A Framework for Decision Makers

Ready to respond

Impact of illness, injury and death incidents on firefighter wellbeing

When joining is not enough

Emergency services volunteers and the intention to remain

Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending

Creating an evidence-based resource for police and legal practitioners

This resource was produced by the Australian Institute of Family Studies on behalf of Victoria Police. Using evidence from the psychological and criminological literature, it addresses some of the common myths and misconceptions about sexual offending, including adult rape and sexual offences as well as child sexual abuse. It provides clear information on what should be considered a misconception, as well as what is considered 'typical' and 'common' behaviour in both offenders and victims.

Innovation in policing

Culture and cognitive diversity are key

Developing a knowledge base for crime prevention

Lessons learned from the British experience

Emergency volunteering 2030

A sector-wide, management perspective

The Global Risks Report 2018

The Global Risks Report 2018 is published at a time of encouraging headline global growth. Any breathing space this offers to leaders should not be squandered: the urgency of facing up to systemic challenges has intensified over the past year amid proliferating signs of uncertainty, instability and fragility. This year’s report covers more risks than ever, but focuses in particular on four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions.

When hierarchy becomes collaborative

Collaboration as sensemaking frame in high reliability organizing.

Countering violent extremism

Out of all the Muslims in Australia, only a very small number become radicalised. What sets those individuals apart from the rest of Australia’s Islamic community, and puts them on a path toward extremism and potential violence? In this fortnight’s National Security Podcast, Chris Farnham talks to the founder and Director of Raqib Taskforce about her experiences and path towards radicalisation.

Source: ANU National Security Colleage. Read more here.

Mission challenges, lessons learned and guiding principles; policing with communities in fragile and conflict-affected states.

"Policing assistance within an international mission environment is widely recognised as being complex and fraught with challenges. Within security sector reform programmes, policing is a central pillar, encompassing a range of activities that have moved beyond monitoring of local police organisations to reforming, rebuilding, restructuring and redeveloping. There is broad recognition of the need to better understand the challenges faced by police practitioners within this context.

Managing mental health in the Australian Federal Police

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Australian Federal Police in managing employee mental health. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted the following high level criteria: Has the AFP implemented sound governance and risk management practices to manage employee mental health? ; Is the AFP effectively managing employee mental health throughout their career lifecycle? ; Are sound monitoring, reporting and evaluation arrangements in place to assess the effectiveness of the AFP’s management of mental health?

Making sense of evidence: A guide to using evidence in policy

The handbook helps you take a structured approach to using evidence at every stage of the policy and programme development cycle.

Managing antisocial behaviour in public housing

In recent decades, policy makers and legislators in Australian states and territories have developed and implemented initiatives to manage antisocial behaviour in public housing environments. All jurisdictions now have some form of legislation or policy to encourage public housing tenants to comply with rules and obligations of ‘good neighbourliness’. In November 2015, the NSW Parliament changed legislation to introduce a new approach to manage antisocial behaviour in public housing. This approach is commonly described as the ‘strikes’ approach.

Evidence to support incident management team capability

"Analysis and synthesis of the evidence identified three broad capabilities, each with three sub-capabilities important in incident management. The three categories were to model leadership and teamwork, to think and plan strategically and demonstrate self-awareness. This article outlines the evidence base and the capabilities developed through this review and contributes to the evidence base for incident management capability. Guidance on what will be needed in continuing professional development program is provided."

Towards national measures of alcohol-related crime

"Research has demonstrated that alcohol misuse has a significant impact on police time and resources, the health sector and the Australian community more broadly. Despite growing interest in the topic and the number of studies that have been completed, there remain significant limitations to the national measurement of alcohol-related crime.

Human error during the multilevel responses to three Australian bushfire disasters

“The scale and complexity associated with the coordinated response to natural disasters inevitably produce human errors. However, little is known about the frequency and distribution of human error at different levels of coordination during disasters. The purpose of this research was to explore this phenomenon for selected catastrophic bushfires in Australia.”

Can major post-event inquiries and reviews contribute to lessons management?

"Significant disaster and emergency management events are invariably followed by formal post-event inquiries and reviews. Such reviews identify lessons to improve future capacities and set the agenda for policy and management reform for emergency management organisations. As a result, there is a substantial body of reflections and recommendations gathered across all hazard types and jurisdictions by formal, structured inquiry processes that contribute to lessons management for the emergency sector.

Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management:

Reframing, networking, and capacity-building.

“Drawing on the literature, a survey, and interviews and workshops with Australia’s senior emergency managers, this paper presents an analysis of five core challenges that these pressures are creating for strategic-level emergency management. It argues that emphasising ‘emergency management’ as a primary adaptation strategy is a retrograde step that ignores the importance of addressing socio-political drivers of vulnerabilities.”