Recovery glossary


Disaster recovery is a coordinated process of supporting disaster-affected communities - through support for emotional, social and physical well-being; reconstruction of physical infrastructure; and economic and environmental restoration (including regeneration of the natural environment, associated infrastructure, heritage sites and structures, and the management of pollution and contamination).  


According to the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, recovered is being able to lead a life that individuals and communities value living, even if it is different from the life they were leading before the disaster event.

Functional Recovery Groups

Functional Recovery Groups provide a platform to coordinate effort by all agencies involved in recovery. The five functional recovery groups are Human and Social, Economic, Environment, Building, and Roads and Transport.


Relief is the effort to meet the immediate needs of persons affected by a disaster, to minimise further loss through the provision of immediate shelter and basic human needs.


Resilience is a system's or community’s ability to rapidly accommodate and recover from the impacts of hazards, restore essential structures and desired functionality, and adapt to new circumstances.

Recovery glossary resources