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Australian Interagency Preparedness Framework

Client: Australian Civil-Military Centre

Sustineo was engaged in 2015 to develop the Australian Interagency Preparedness Framework (AIPF). The aim of the AIPF was to identify ways to enhance preparedness and capacity building across agencies and strengthen the culture of collaboration between civilians, military and police (civ-mil-pol) stakeholders, to maximise capability and outcomes.

In order to undertake this project, the Sustineo team drew on literature review, stakeholder consultation (ACMC Executive), mapping existing open (public) or interagency training opportunities, and development of a conceptual model for interagency preparedness.

The outcome of this project was a document providing an overview of interagency preparedness including environmental trends and pressures, principles and factors underpinning operational effectiveness (at the individual, organisational and sectoral level), factors enhancing interagency awareness and understanding and factors enhancing interagency training synergies.  The framework is encapsulated in a conceptual model of interagency preparedness which can be used by ACMC to build a web-based ‘portal’ to link to relevant resources including policies, guidelines, tools and a directory of courses and learning opportunities.

Sustineo mobilised a skilled and experienced team familiar with the civ-mil-pol sector and with an intimate understanding of work in an interagency environment, as well as expertise in organisational strategy and capability development. This expertise was used to synthesise the literature, trends and challenges and develop a strategic and practical approach to guide future work in promoting and developing interagency preparedness.