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Project 2.2

Policy and Standards

Once we understand how to incentivise critical infrastructure resilience we will need to ‘scale it up’ and make it mainstream.

Aims

Once we understand how to incentivise critical infrastructure resilience we will need to ‘scale it up’ and make it mainstream. This is likely to be a combination of ‘carrots’ such as resilience credits, best practice guidance etc. and ‘sticks’ which may be codes or regulation. We will need to have convincingly demonstrated the value (and to whom) through our activity on Project 2.1: 'Incentivising resilience in practice’ to create the demand for mainstreaming.

Currently led out of Australia, the first phase of this project seeks to establish a shared understanding of policy and standards for critical infrastructure. This is a first step towards understanding the role of the Resilience Shift in 'moving the needle'.

To this end we have awarded a grant to the University of Melbourne to develop policy and standards nomenclature, and case studies which are applied to critical infrastructure resilience.

We have awarded a grant to the RMIT University to analyse the influence of the critical Emergency Management Victoria-led infrastructure resilience legislation in Victoria, Australia.

We have also awarded a grant to Nation Partners to prepare a video documentary on the role of Australia’s Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and its rating tool for new infrastructure projects, now applied to over 100 infrastructure projects across Australia and New Zealand. See more about our collaborators below.

Project leaders

Halley McCann

Halley McCann
Project Leader

Halley is a senior consultant in environment and resources, and based in Melbourne, Australia.

 

How are we doing this?

We will award grants, to partners who are actively working in the area of mainstreaming resilience through codes, standards, resilience credits etc., thereby leveraging other financial and intellectual resources.

What are the outputs?

We propose to publish several individual research papers contributing to an event planned for 2019.

Project Resources

The impact of legislation?

Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018

Whose responsibility is it to strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure? The critical infrastructure regulatory environment has recently changed in Australia due to a new piece of federal legislation, the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act (2018) (the Act). Find out more.

 

Learning from the creation of SuRe®

The Resilience Shift interviewed Katharina Schneider-Roos from Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) on the development and adoption of SuRe® – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. She explains how it was developed.

Building a community around SuRe®

We interviewed Katharina Schneider-Roos from Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) on the development and adoption of SuRe® – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. She explains how they built a community around the new standard.

Collaborators

We have appointed two new grantees to our project on incentivising resilience through policy and regulation. This work aims to understand the impact of policy and regulation on critical infrastructure resilience, and on how it can help to mainstream best practice.

Dr Svenja Keele from the University of Melbourne will conduct research into the nomenclature of regulatory and policy instruments.

Dr Nader Naderpajouh from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is leading on a comparative analysis of Federal and State legislation (for both New South Wales and Victoria) to investigate the current legislative landscape for critical resilient infrastructure.

Rob Turk and Sophie Fitzpatrick from Nation Partners will to prepare a video documentary on lessons learned from the role of Australia’s Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and its rating tool for new infrastructure projects.

Understanding the landscape

Last year, as part of our work to set up the Resilience Shift, we undertook a series of one-to-one interviews, focus group sessions and a global survey with Arup members. We have brought together the many diverse and informative responses into this report which collates findings from consultations (surveys, interviews and focus groups), reviews and desk studies, in order to define the ‘baseline’ of critical infrastructure resilience in practice.

Read the report: Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Understanding the Landscape.