Risk management: the cost of life versus the cost of property

Residential fire fatalities occur at a concerning rate, but tend not to gain the same media focus as damage caused by bushfires.

Yet, on average, there is more than one residential fire-related death every week across the country – considerably more than occurs during bushfires.

These incidents have a significant and long-lasting impact upon individuals, families, communities, and firefighters and other emergency services workers, yet they are overwhelmingly preventable.

Research by AFAC has shown the prevalence of residential fire fatalities, and the need for effective strategies to improve safety of people in their homes.

In this presentation, Amanda Leck from Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience will outline the latest research and talk about how it is likely to influence public policy.


Amanda Leck GAICD

Executive Director, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Amanda Leck is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) where she leads a program of work on behalf of the Commonwealth Government through the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, to support a disaster resilient Australia.

Amanda is a community development and engagement professional with a proven ability to provide leadership and strategic direction in the planning, implementation and delivery of programs, in a complex environment. She has 30 years’ experience in the emergency management and community sectors, working with CFA Victoria, local government, AFAC the national fire and emergency services council, prior to her appointment leading AIDR.

Amanda has significant experience in establishing partnerships with all levels of Government and the business sector, and has demonstrated strategic leadership, executive management and corporate governance experience. Her skills include communications, relationship management and stakeholder engagement.