The federal government has agreed to implement the bushfire royal commission’s recommendation to establish a standing national resilience and recovery agency to help Australia better prepare for future natural disasters and drive long-term resilience policy outcomes.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and emergency management minister David Littleproud on Friday announced a number of reforms to “enhance and strengthen” the commonwealth’s emergency response and recovery capacity, as part of the federal government’s response to the bushfire royal commission’s final report.

This includes legislation which, if passed, will give the federal government the power to declare a national emergency.

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