• Disaster response and recovery

    Using ABR data items

    Your agency can use ABR data items to help provide support for communities, the economy, infrastructure and the environment in times of disaster including to:

    • analyse risk assessments and resourcing
    • implement safety and security measures
    • develop scenario planning
    • identify and develop mitigation and strategic planning of land use
    • identify and monitor hazardous industries and vulnerable facilities
    • provide emergency communication and warnings
    • provide logistics support and resupply operations
    • provide targeted relief and assistance
    • provide grants/financial assistance/ freight subsidies
    • engage and facilitate community consultation
    • distribute emergency supplies, for example food, water, fencing
    • identify tradespeople who may be able to assist with reconstruction work
    • develop post emergency assessment, analysis and reporting.

    Data items that can be used

    • entity name
    • business name
    • main business address
    • additional business location address
    • email address and phone numbers
    • geo-coded business addresses
    • ANZSIC code.

    Case study: Using ABR information to help manage a biological hazard – Banana freckle

    Australian Business Register (ABR) information was recently provided to the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPIF) Northern Territory to assist with the containment of an outbreak of banana freckle, a fungal disease threatening the NT banana industry.

    Banana freckle causes blemishes on the fruit, reducing its commercial value. Although it is not a new disease in Australia, it is a declared disease under the NT’s Plant Health Act 2008 and is a serious threat to the Top End’s banana industry.

    To avoid further spread of the disease, a quick quarantine response was required.  The first step was to identify businesses in the NT that were connected with the banana industry. Staff from the DPIF contacted the ABR disaster response team requesting data that might be able to assist with their response.

    To help identify potentially affected businesses, information on the register was refined by location and by using the relevant Australian New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) codes.

    This information was used to create a specialised ABR data extract which was provided to the DPIF in an Excel spread sheet, with a pivot table summary of statistical counts, for ease of use.

    The ABR information helped the DPIF establish the size of the response required. It also provided a starting point for making contact with relevant businesses.

    Using ABR data, the NT government was able to respond quickly to the hazard, ensuring the disease did not spread to larger commercial banana growing regions in Australia.

    Due to the positive outcome, the DPIF is currently looking at how ABR information can be used in other day-to-day business operations. 

      Have you had success using ABR data? Would you like to share your story with other agencies? If so contact us.


    • Last modified: 05 Oct 2017QC 572