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.



Risk to our Cities from Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption

by Christina Magill

Published in Asia Pacific Fire Magazine
Issue 56, January 2016

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Volume 15 Issue 2

Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 15, Issue 2, November 2015

In this issue:

  • Tails of Woe
  • QuakeNZ
  • Auctions and the Government's Emission Reduction Fund

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What if a Large Earthquake Hit?

by Valentina Koschatzky

Published in Asia Pacific Fire Magazine
Issue 56, January 2016

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  Govt sponsored insurance pools

Government-sponsored natural disaster insurance pools: A view from down-under

by John McAneney, Delphine McAneney, Rade Musulin, George Walker and Ryan Crompton

published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

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Paul Somerville

Geoscientists' Capacity to Meet Engineers' Demands for Seismic Hazard Inputs

Prof. Paul Somerville was given the honour of being invited to deliver the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture at the 67th meeting of the Earthquake Research Institute in Boston.

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New Zealand seismic loss model

The new Risk Frontiers seismic loss model implements the latest research and the experience coming from the Christchurch series of events.

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