Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy

The NSW Government is developing a Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy (CIRS) for the State and has released the NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy Discussion Paper for comment.

A state-wide resilience strategy will help keep the lights on, help keep water running, and help people and goods flow through our transport and trade routes, even in emergencies.

The work we all do before a disaster helps save lives, protects property, and prepare communities for those challenging times during and immediately after a disaster.

The NSW Government seeks submissions on what should be included in a future strategy to enhance the critical infrastructure (CI) resilience of NSW. Continued service provision in the face of all hazards, or rapid restoration from disruption, is a priority.

How to respond to this Discussion Paper

NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy Discussion Paper [PDF 1.01MB]

Submissions have now closed for the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy: Discussion Paper.

Future opportunities for consultation may arise, should you wish to be involved please contact the Capability and Planning Team.

Information provided in response to this discussion paper may be published. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the NSW Government is free to use the material contained within submissions for any purpose related to the critical infrastructure resilience of NSW.

Should you wish to discuss the paper please contact:
NSW Office of Emergency Management, Capability and Planning Team on 02 9212 9200.


The envisaged benefits of a future strategy include:

  • enhanced resilience against foreseen and unforeseen
  • hazards and threats
  • stronger relationships between business, government and the community
  • reduced service interruption (less disruption to the people and businesses of NSW)
  • more effective emergency management arrangements for NSW communities
  • enhanced response capability and co-ordination for all agencies after a disaster event
  • reduced response, recovery and reconstruction costs arising from threat and hazard events
  • more resilient communities, reducing the social costs of disasters
  • improved adaptation to stresses such as climate change and population growth
  • improvements of CI resilience through recognising and addressing vulnerabilities of interdependencies between CI types
  • stronger cultures within CI organisations to meet business challenges presented by disaster events
  • reduced total cost of asset ownership across the entire asset management lifecycle
  • insurance premiums for CI providers, government, and the community that incorporate the benefit of CI resilience and hazard mitigation activity
  • enhanced reputations and increased business confidence for CI providers.