Risk Frontiers is an independent research centre sponsored by the insurance industry to aid better understanding and pricing of natural hazard risks in the Asia-Pacific region. It was founded in 1994 to service the specialized needs of its sponsors in the local insurance and international reinsurance markets.  Its aims were to:

  • undertake risk assessment and research into natural hazards,
  • develop databases of natural hazards and their impacts on communities and
    insured assets, and
  • develop loss models to improve the pricing of natural hazard catastrophe risks.

These activities remain the core business of Risk Frontiers today, although it now undertakes studies on a much wider range of risk-related problems and for a client base that extends well beyond the insurance sector. It is the preferred provider of research to the NSW State Emergency Service and works with various government agencies and a number of corporate and utility organisations on risk-related issues.

  Andrew receiving medal


Andrew Gissing, Kat Haynes and Lucinda Coates received a Harold Sternbeck Medal highly commended award for the best paper at the 2016 Floodplain Management Australia Conference.

The paper was the analysis of flood deaths in Australia.

Dr Gavin Smith

Linkage between planning for natural hazards and climate change adaptation

by Dr Gavin Smith (Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Coastal Resilience Centre of Excellence)

Thursday 25th August, 2016 at 10.30am at Macquarie University

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  briefing note 324

Risk Frontiers' Briefing Notes can be found at:

Briefing Note 324
"Court orders on Byron Bay's coastal wars"
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Briefing Note 323
"Brexit and the power of wishful thinking"
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Risk Frontiers Annual Seminar

Wednesday 26th October, 2016 commencing 2pm

A Provisional Programme:

  • Silent Witness meets reality: lessons from the December 2015 Wye River fires
  • Yeah! At last! A truly national hail loss model
  • Surviving bushfires
  • QuakeNZ - what would be the cost today of a repeat of the 1931 Napier event or the impact on Wellington of a repeat of the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake?