Disaster Resilience Management and Preparedness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Darwin and Palmerston

Funding: Australian Red Cross
Duration: June 2015 – Mar 2016
Location: Darwin

Download project report – Stage 1 Disaster Resilience, Management and Preparedness

Download project report – Stage 2 Indigenous Researcher Development 


The aim of this project is to explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Darwin when a cyclone, bushfire or severe weather event strikes and in its aftermath, to identify the determinants of vulnerability from the perspective of these communities.

Research will be carried out as a collaboration between researchers from Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, Larrakia Nation and the Raki’ Mala Aboriginal Consultancy

Outcomes include:

  • Detailed accounts of emergency management in Town Communities and the Long Grass
  • Identified vulnerabilities for these communities during a crisis
  • Recommendations for NTES and service providers around supporting these communities in the future
  • Preparation for community specific disaster management plans which may be negotiated between NTES and Town Communities