Community Protection Pledge:
Taking Action on Extreme Weather
Australians are experiencing disaster after disaster – from bushfires to deadly heatwaves to more intense rainfall and greater risk of floods. The impacts are being felt all over Australia, with some communities facing a cascade of disasters.
The Community Protection Pledge is a set of 10 commitments that every Federal MP can sign to commit to protecting Australians now, and into the future.
Enter your postcode below to check if your MP is supportive, or undecided, meaning they are yet to sign. Once you know their position, use this tool to email them and ask them to take the pledge – or thank them for signing!
Read the pledge
As an elected representative I take seriously my obligation to protect my community from worsening extreme weather and commit to supporting policies and using my voice to advocate for:
- Addressing the root cause of the climate crisis and worsening extreme weather by accelerating Australia’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions need to plummet this decade, with net zero emissions achieved very soon thereafter.
- Urgently implementing all 80 recommendations of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, including providing the necessary funding.
- Increasing funding for research into climate change and extreme weather, including new and more detailed climate projections that better inform risk assessments and the impacts of such disasters on human health.
- Investing in communities so they are better prepared when disasters strike and can recover more quickly; recognizing that preparedness saves lives and many dollars in avoided disaster recovery costs.
- Enhancing Australia’s capabilities for responding to extreme weather disasters in line with advice from State and Territory agencies. This includes better resourcing and coordination so that responses are swift, coordinated, and stop emergencies from escalating into disasters
- Improving community engagement, education and support around extreme weather so that individuals are better informed, prepared and empowered to act. This includes investing in adequate warning systems and locally-led initiatives such as community resilience hubs.
- Making rapid and comprehensive recovery from extreme weather events a priority for all levels of government. This requires fast, evidence-based and transparent access to disaster recovery payments for survivors, so help gets to people on the ground quickly.
- Preparing Australian infrastructure, including homes and community facilities, for extreme weather events. This includes reforming Building Standards and appropriate rebates and subsidies for retrofitting to ensure solutions are affordable to all.
- Involving health and family violence experts in disaster planning and response coordination and ensuring adequate access to health services including mental health and family violence services, and access to telehealth for all those affected by disasters.
- Providing adequate funding to support the critical role of Local Governments in disaster preparedness and recovery, so that they have the resources to build resilient communities.
FAQs - Your questions answered
Q. How do I use the Community Protection Pledge Tool?
You can use our email tool (under “Take action”, above), to find out whether your MP has signed the Community Protection Pledge or not, then send them an email.
When you enter your postcode into the “postcode” field, your MP will appear. If they’re listed as “supportive”, that means they’ve signed the pledge, and you can send them an email thanking them. If an MP is listed as “undecided”, this means they have not signed the pledge yet, and you can send them an email asking them to make that commitment.
Q. Who should sign the Community Protection Pledge?
The Community Protection Pledge is targeted at Federal MPs. It includes 10 commitments that every Federal MP can sign up to in order to protect Australians now, and into the future.
For more resources and information about the pledge – and how you can take action, download our Community Protection Pledge toolkit.
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