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Communications disruption

Communications disruption

Communications services are vital to keep communities safe, connected and informed. They are also crucial in coordinating efforts to get timely information to emergency personnel and communities before, during and after emergencies.
Supply chain disruption

Supply chain disruption

The intricate web of economic interdependencies means that a supply chain is potentially exposed to the many types of shocks that can affect every business, both in Australia and overseas: geopolitical, environmental, economic, societal, and infrastructure-related.

Flood

Flood

Major flood events have occurred in Victoria every 10 to 20 years, with much of the increasing risk created by human settlement
Heatwave

Heatwave

Heatwaves are considered to be the ‘silent killer’ of extreme weather events and are the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Australia
Public health emergency

Public health emergency

Risks may relate to the delivery of public health services, functioning of hospitals and organisations that deliver health, mental health and aged care services, impacts to community health and wellbeing and loss of life
Terrorism and extremism
Emergency vehicles attend bomb threat at Epworth Hawthorn hospital

Terrorism and extremism

Large-scale, scattered or isolated terrorist/extremist attacks carried out by individuals or non-state groups with ideological, political or religious goals, can result in loss of life, severe injury and/or material damage.

Risks in a Victorian setting

The assurance activities and associated risks provided through our online resource although largely focused on Victoria take into account the global setting as well. The listings are not exhaustive, and will be updated quarterly.

Please contact us to request an update to these listings.

Risks in a global setting

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report (External link) tracks global risks perceptions among risk experts and world leaders in business, government, and civil society.

These annual reports provide a good overview of global risk context across five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports (External link) detail contemporary knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response.

The reports provide all levels of government with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies.