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National Disaster Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework 2021

Roles and Responsibilities

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements noted:

  • There is clearly an opportunity to refresh and strengthen national disaster arrangements…
    Despite the goodwill of all parties, there is variability in the level of collaboration and coordination in the delivery of recovery programs and services across jurisdictions.15

Strengthening cooperation on mental health and wellbeing disaster responses between all levels of governments, recovery partners, and communities is a key goal of the Framework. The Framework works to achieve this by clearly outlining roles and responsibilities to increase shared understanding and suggests opportunities for coordination.

The underlying approach is to distinguish between what all Australians can expect, whilst maximising the scope for regional and local customisation (the ‘how’).