The vision of the Institute is an Australian nation free of the threat from disruptive challenges, where the security of individuals, communities and organisations is assured.


The Institute shall assist the Federal and State Governments, the emergency services and organisations in Australia to enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to respond better to disruptive challenges. This will be achieved by:

(1)  conducting evidence-based research that will enable informed decisions to be taken on policy, and to assist the development of resilient systems, procedures and practice;

(2)  providing information, management tools and specialist technical advice; and

(3)  increasing the knowledge and skills of individual leaders and managers through education, training and resilience-focused workshops and seminars.

In addition to building national, community and organisational resilience within Australia, the work of the Institute will assist the Federal and State Governments achieve their foreign policy and humanitarian objectives by developing resilient national capacities in the countries of South East Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Values and beliefs

In conducting its work, the Institute shall:

(1)  ensure that its activities, decisions and priorities protect the basic rights and freedoms of individuals as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

(2)  ensure that its activities, decisions and priorities are consistent with the organisation’s ethical values – which recognise the diversity of religious, cultural and legal positions and perspectives;

(3)  encourage people to engage with others in a diverse environment, respecting differences in age, disability, gender, race and religion; and

(4)  conduct its work in a manner which limits its carbon footprint.

Guiding principles

In conducting its work, the Institute shall:

(1)  provide independent and impartial advice and assistance;

(2)  be creative and innovative;

(3)  be committed to capacity building;

(4)  encourage the sharing of knowledge and information;

(5)  have a national impact; and

(6)  have an international interest.