Restorative inquiries and natural disasters

Presented by ANU College of Law

This workshop will address the questions of whether restorative practices should, and can be adopted to make inquiries into natural disasters more effective and facilitate community restoration. As part of a research project funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Professor Stephen Dovers and Associate Professor Michael Eburn conducted research on post-event inquiries. They identified that adversarial proceedings that have been adopted in past inquiries come at a great cost to the agencies involved, and in particular their volunteers and have limited capacity to produce useful learning.

Can agencies and the State reform post event inquiries by using restorative practices to allow all those involved to tell their story and to allow communities to understand what happened and, collectively determine how they will manage future risk?

Come to Newcastle to hear from those with experience in recovery, lessons learning and restorative practices to understand why a change is needed and how the restorative practices community might help the emergency services community advance the argument for a new way to learn lessons.

The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion involving experts in restorative practices and the emergency services to consider how to move forward with proposals and how the broader restorative practices community could become involved to assist with lesson learning in the emergency management sector.

The workshop is being delivered as part of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre project on Policies, Institutions and Governance in Natural Hazards. Each AFAC member agency is invited to send up to two representatives. Delegates, or their agency, will need to meet travel and accommodation costs but there is no fee for attending the workshop.
Networking Event 

We will also enjoy a cocktail reception following the conclusion of the Workshop program on the Wednesday.

Date: Wednesday 13 June, 2018 
Time: 5:00pm onwards, following the Workshop
Venue: The Claredon Hotel, 347 Hunter Street, Newcastle
COST: $50.00 per person (includes, drinks, canapes & guest speaker)