Recent engagement results through Participate Southbank showed a low level of confidence that the neighborhood would pull together during a disaster. In addition, just over a quarter (28 per cent) of respondents in Southbank felt they could call on a neighbour for help during a public emergency.

Disasters are expected to become more complex, more unpredictable, and more difficult to manage. Having prepared and connected communities means we are more likely to withstand the negative impacts of disasters and to recover faster if something were to happen.

The City of Melbourne is working on a four-year Major Initiative on Community Disaster Resilience, which is included in the Council Plan 2021-25 to ‘engage and prepare residents and communities to enhance their resilience to hazards, disasters and the health impacts of climate change’.

Starting with Southbank as a pilot neighbourhood, we’d like to better understand the physical and social vulnerabilities our communities face to disasters and how we can build a more resilient community.

Before you complete our survey, here are some quick facts that provide context to disasters and potential vulnerabilities in Southbank.

Southbank snapshot





49 per cent

speak a language other than English at home 

98 per cent

of dwellings are flats or apartments 

40.1 per cent

lone person households 

6.8 per cent

live with a mental health condition 

Data is sourced from 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To access more data, visit Southbank community profile.

Disaster context

Our Municipal Emergency Management Plan outlines some of the disasters that could impact the City of Melbourne. In addition, climate change projections indicate the following possible events:

  • Increase in hot days >35C to 12 per year by 2030
  • Increase in sea level rise by 0.11 metres by 2030
  • Decrease in total annual rainfall to 545 mm by 2030
  • Increase in very windy days >30km/hr to 4.5 days by 2030
  • Increase in very high fire danger days to 20 days per year by 2030

Data is sourced from Energy Sector Climate Information.

Southbank Community Resilience Assessment

Share your feedback by completing our survey by 19 December 2022.