A multi-disciplinary & collaborative approach to building resilient local communities
Conference Date
18th & 19th September 2018
Mercure Brisbane
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Driving resilience & preparedness
Over the last decade, Australia has spent an average of $18 billion dollars in responding to natural disasters. Just last year, the devastation of Cyclone Debbie resulted in 14 deaths and over $2 billion in losses to the Queensland economy. With Australians routinely exposed to natural disasters, preparedness is more important than ever. While it is challenging - it is critical for Federal, State, Local Government & Emergency Services to have end to end strategies in place for resilience, response and recovery.

The Natural Disaster Resilience, Response & Recovery conference will explore how we can build more resilient communities, identify strategies to mitigate the challenges of natural disaster response, and examine the lessons learned during recovery to further build resilience and heal community trauma.

Topics to be explored
  • Unpack the importance of embedding resilience within the community
  • Identify frameworks to build resilient communities
  • Build on & strengthen partnerships between all levels of government, private stakeholders & the local communities
  • Develop tailored strategies to better engage communities in recovery to address trauma
  • Learn how resilience comes full circle from preparedness to recovery
“Queensland is the most disaster-impacted state in Australia, with $14 billion in damage to public infrastructure caused by more than 60 natural disasters over the past nine years” - Annastacia Palasczczuk, Queensland Premier, May 2018

Who will attend?
Senior representatives from State & Local Government, Emergency Services, NGO’s & private stakeholders with responsibilities for:
  • Emergency management
  • Disaster management
  • Community development
  • Community engagement
  • Resilience
  • Response
  • Recovery

Attend to learn:

  • Understand the importance of community resilience & how it can be measured
  • Learn how to better engage the community & other key stakeholders
  • Maximise the effectiveness of response to severe weather events
  • Transform the way communities recover through resilience & trauma healing
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Key Speakers

Brendan Moon
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Mark Edwards
Project Lead
Geoscience Australia
Brett Aimers
Associate Professor & National Board Director
Australasian Institute of Emergency Services
Dr Dasarath Jayasuriya
Director of Public Safety
Bureau of Meteorology


What People Are Saying

  • Gained some valuable insights into the activities of like minded organisations

    Max Gaynor
    Engagement Development Officer, Mildura Rural City Council
  • This was a well structured seminar on a broad range of issues delivered by very capable and informed presenters.

    John Simmons
    Incident Management Technology & Systems Coordinator, Fire Services Commissioner's Office
  • I found the focus on all-hazards and wider community resilience stimulating, educational and informative.

    Sioux Campbell
    DMRO, Cairns Regional Council


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