In the past when natural disasters occurred, many government agencies relied on local community knowledge. Now they can use Australian Business Register (ABR) data to provide valuable information about businesses in disaster-affected areas.
The ABR works with agencies at all levels of government to develop a streamlined process for the provision of ABR data when a disaster occurs. The process ensures information relating to the impacted areas is provided quickly so agencies can determine where support is needed.
ABR Explorer has a specially designed dashboard that can be utilised during all stages of disaster management - planning, preparation, response and recovery. This is a free online tool developed for government agencies.
ABR also responds to immediate disaster queries and regularly reviews feedback to ensure continuous improvement in information gathering and reporting.
Geocoding greatly increases the usability of the data, allowing agencies to integrate ABR data with other data sets to make better informed decisions.
Many agencies use geocoded ABR data as part of their disaster management process and include it in standard systems and processes for all events including:
ABR Explorer is available to eligible government agencies who have signed the appropriate forms to access ABR information.
ABR information helps Western Australian police planning and logistics operations.
In November 2015, Western Australia police obtained business information from the ABR for planning and logistics to assist their operations during fires that impacted Esperance.
ABR information gave police the ability to: