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Submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.

Community service organisations see first-hand the impacts of natural disasters on our most vulnerable people. They provide support to people and communities before, during and after emergencies and disasters.

Given the ongoing challenges facing bushfire impacted communities, and the compounding health, economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, VCOSS strongly recommends the Royal Commission work with the Commonwealth Government to extend the deadlines for its report.

VCOSS recommendations:

  • Address the disproportionate impact of natural disasters on vulnerable people
  • Recognise the community sector as a vital partner in responding to emergencies
  • Build community sector resilience to climate change and natural disasters
  • Support community organisations to provide prompt assistance
  • Embed local coordination

Download the full submission below.