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Today’s policy symposium in Melbourne has now concluded. Dr Juliet Mian, Resilience Shift Technical Director, said “I was really pleased with the breadth of presentations and one recurring theme was that there is “˜no silver bullet’ to the use of policy to enhance resilience. A blend of policy instruments is what works in practice.”

With around 60 attendees, from government departments, academia, and industry, the 6 event presentations were a pacey 10 minutes each, interspersed with some excellent and enthusiastic questions.

Juliet Mian began by setting the scene for the day, explaining the role of the Resilience Shift and the theme of today’s event. See presentation.

Jack Hogan, leading the work on incentivising resilience for the Resilience Shift, spoke about the common themes and key findings emerging from the industry-focused primers on incentives for resilience that the Resilience Shift is developing with a range of grantees. See presentation.

Dr Svenja Keele and Professor Lars Coenen, from the University of Melbourne, talked about the role of policy and the “˜policy spectrum’ as captured in this published report. See presentation.

Dr Nader Naderpajouh from RMIT,  contributed remotely from Barcelona – with a short pre-recorded presentation followed by a live Q&A.

Elisa McLennan spoke about her work to research the role of PPPs in enhancing resilience. This will be published shortly as a Resilience Shift briefing paper. See presentation.

Rob Turk from Nation Partners explained the work that they have done to capture the journey of a rating tool for sustainability and resilience. They worked with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) to explain the thought behind its development and how it has been implemented in practice. Film to be published shortly.

The Resilience Shift then convened a workshop of 35 people, led by policy and standards project leader, Halley McCann, to discuss in more detail what works and what else is needed from the perspectives of government, industry sector, professional bodies and communities.  With valuable contributions and a lot of positive comments, the session was extremely useful as a way to take further the discussions about policy.

Juliet Mian said, “I’m delighted that today went excellently, thanks to the hard work of all those participating, and the faultless support from the team here in Melbourne.”

Positive feedback from the day:

I really liked the ‘carrots and sticks’ spectrum of policy, it is useful for thinking of a range of levers.

I tend to think about physical resilience more than policy. Today encouraged me to shift my thinking to give greater weight to policy.

Today’s event will inspire me to reach out to potential partners.

I think the resilience shift can be a great force for good sharing new content about resilience.

Keep doing great work to push thinking and envelope to better future outcomes.


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