The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Disaster risk reduction is a systematic approach to dealing with hazards through their identification, analysis and subsequent management. In the aftermath of the third world conference on disaster risk reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, the issue of disaster risk reduction has been placed at the heart of sustainable development worldwide through the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The Sendai Framework is both all-encompassing and generically aspirational, leading to considerable variation in both its interpretation and application. This course examines the Sendai Framework from the perspective of private sector organisations in their various forms, including commercial entities, not-for-profit organisations and humanitarian non-governmental organisations It also introduces a systematic approach to disaster risk reduction and explores the role and function of Public-Private Partnerships in reducing disaster risk.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 3 - 2020


  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the organisational, environmental and social systems, policies and procedures that influence a given private sector/non-governmental organisation for potential hazards.

2. Systematically analyse a given private sector/non-governmental organisation for potential hazards

3. Identify the potential risks arising from identified hazards

4. Develop an effective disaster risk reduction plan for the private sector/non-governmental organisation/Public-Private Partnership.


This course enables students to develop an understanding of the implications of the Sendai Framework upon societal expectations of private sector organisation, and differentiates them by organisational role and context. It pays particularl heed to hazard identification and the subsequent management of risk, variously to organisations' stakeholders and employees, clients and the wider community, as well as economic and environmental impacts. It facilitates students' exposure to relevant policies and procedures, complexities of implementation, and their adaptation to the requirements of the Sendai Framework.

Public-Private Partnerships are explored through a number of different mechanisms and models whereby governmental bodies and private enterprises collaborate to deliver resistance disaster risk reduction initiatives.

The course also introduces students to the International Risk Governance Council's Risk Governance Framework (IRGC-RGF) as the basis for evaluation th risk exposre and consequent risk reduction activities of private sector/non-governmental organisations of all types.

Assessment items

Report: Report

Project: Project

Journal: Reflective learning journal

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Course will be blended delivery. Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies