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Community disaster challenge

How might we understand what makes communities strong in disasters?

Download Challenge

A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on

  • Available data describes ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ ‘when’ and even ‘why’ a disaster occurred – but what about how communities and individuals were affected?
  • How is resilience enabled by infrastructure, procedures and social factors?
  • Rebuilding stronger, faster, sustainably and inclusively after disasters
  • Story telling is a very powerful tool…

What is your solution?

We suggest you consider using the following four Queensland Government open datasets on

  1. Queensland Resilience Index
  2. Queensland Regional Household Survey
  3. Qld Community Preparedness Survey (May 2013)
  4. Qld Community Preparedness Survey (Nov 2013)

Locating open data

Queensland Government open data is accessible at Search for other government open data at and local government websites.

Below is a list of open datasets and resources you might like to use for this challenge.

Open datasets

  1. Search results for ‘disaster’ on
  2. Search results for ‘flood’ on
  3. Search results for ‘cyclone’ on
  4. Search results for ‘bushfire’ on
  5. Potential datasets (XLSX, 19KB)


  1. Australian Institute of Family Studies - Natural disasters and community resilience: A framework for support
  2. Australian Disaster Resilience – Knowledge Hub

Guidance to help you prepare your GovHack project video to pitch your solution (3 minutes):

  1. Introduction: state the project title, team name and members.
  2. Problem: what is the challenge your hack addressed? Why does it matter to find a solution?
  3. Vision: in one sentence, describe the ideal end state / long-term goal you are trying to achieve through your solution.
  4. Data/resources: what was your approach to solve the problem? How did you investigate the problem? Provide an overview of the open data and information used and how it helped you to develop your solution
  5. Minimum viable product: describe your solution (proof of concept). What makes the solution unique? What would be the impact of the solution?
  6. Next steps: outline a road map on how the solution could be developed and implemented to achieve your vision.

For more tips see the GovHack handbook.

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