National Warnings Framework

Location: Melbourne, VIC, Canberra, ACT or Brisbane, QLD

Duration: 6 months

Project Background

The Bureau of Meteorology is currently developing a Future Warning Framework document which will inform service development and uplift over coming years. The elements of the framework will be informed by the Total Warning System (Handbook 16 Public Information and Warnings AIDR 2018); best-practice warning (Guideline 1 Warning Message Construction: Choosing your words AIDR 2018a and relevant social research); implementation of the proposed national doctrine on scaled three level warning system; and, the requirements of the transition to impact based warning (Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems: A Checklist WMO 2017, WMO Guidelines on Multi-hazard Impact-based Forecast and warning Services 2015).

Coincident with this is an enhanced focus within the Bureau and across all levels of government on the impact of heatwave and the services and warning development needs. A national working group is preparing a national framework for consistent messages and warnings during heatwaves. Agreement has been reached that the Bureau of Meteorology’s national heatwave service is to be used to underpin this framework. The working group is being led by EMA and has been convened under ANZEMC’s Hazards Services Forum, which is co-chaired by EMA and the Bureau. More effective delivery of heatwave services and warnings will save lives and reduce costs. Hazard warnings increase awareness of the risk and provide relevant information for the community to take protective actions. They can also trigger appropriate emergency response to mitigate the impact of a hazard.

Research to be Conducted

In the first instance the intern will assist with developing a policy framework for effective national heatwave messages and warnings coordinated across the Bureau of Meteorology, emergency and health agencies and NGOs such as Red Cross and NDIS, CALD and aged care sector. The researcher will work closely with senior members of the Disaster Mitigation Policy and Extreme Weather Policy teams. This work will need to be coordinated with an all hazard warnings framework currently under development as well with a national project looking at heatwave vulnerability. It will act as a pilot implementation of the Future Warning Framework and will guide the requirements for development of similar frameworks for other hazards.

Skills Required

If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:

  • Applied social science methods and insights
  • Public/strategic policy advice, particularly national and international initiatives relevant to disaster mitigation and the enhancement of warning products and services
  • Excellent communication skills including report writing and stakeholder engagement skills

Expected Outcomes

  • Development of policy to support the Bureau heatwave service shifting to an impact-based service, including the implementation of a three tier warning services
  • In collaboration with team members the development of a national framework for forecast and warning for heatwaves by the BoM in partnership with emergency services and community health services
  • Document advice on the policy requirements for the application of the Future Warnings Framework to other hazards

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

22 January 2020


APR – 1305