Disaster resilience: IRU research supports better preparation, response and adaptation for future disasters

Last night at Parliament House Canberra, Mr Jeffrey Bleich US Ambassador to Australia, launched IRU’s latest publication, “Disaster Resilience: Preparing, responding and adapting”, at a reception highlighting the network’s research strengths in this area.

Launching the Brochure Mr Bleich commented, “Domestically Australia and the United States have both experienced significant natural disasters in this year alone, with flooding in Queensland and the U.S. Midwest and South causing loss of life and widespread economic damage.

“You can’t prevent disasters, but you can reduce the loss of life and property that result from them and IRU research on disaster resilience is seeking ways to do just that”.

The Higher Education reforms: Recovering the lost Government subsidy from students

The Department has released the proposed clusters and funding rates from 2016, which simplify the clusters into five groups but also achieve a 20% reduction overall in funding.

The proposed clusters are based on a 0.6:2:3:4:6 relative distribution across disciplines as shown in Table One. This will finally remove the remnants of the 1990s relative funding model.

The reduction in the funding available per students of 20% is significant, spreading Government support over a large number of students at lower rates. IRU does not support the reduction but foresaw it as a probable Government savings measures and an inevitable consequence of any move to remove controls over student fees. Those who advocated for removing controls over fees can hardly be surprised, albeit some are.