The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) develops, maintains and shares knowledge and learning to support a disaster resilient Australia. Building on extensive knowledge and experience in Australia and internationally, we work with government, communities, NGOs, not-for-profits, research organisations, education partners and the private sector to enhance disaster resilience through innovative thinking, professional development and knowledge sharing.

AIDR is supported by its partners: the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, AFAC, the Australian Red Cross and the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

AIDR Executive Director 

AIDR Executive Director Amanda Leck

Amanda Leck is a community development and engagement professional who has provided leadership and strategic direction in the planning, implementation and delivery of programs in complex environments.

With 20 years’ experience in the emergency management and community sectors, Amanda led the community development area for the Country Fire Authority in Victoria. Joining AFAC in 2009, she was appointed Director Community Safety in 2013, where she provided strategic advice in relation to risk reduction, community safety and warnings. 

In 2019 Amanda was appointed as Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), an operating division of AFAC.

Amanda has worked extensively towards establishing partnerships with all levels of government and the business sectors, drawing upon her leadership and management experience.

AIDR's partners

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Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia's national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management, and trade-related functions.



AFAC is the Australian and New Zealand National Council for fire and emergency services, creating synergies across the emergency management sector. AFAC is the facilitator and custodian of contemporary fire and emergency service knowledge and practice, for the benefit of our members and through them, the community. Our members are professionals in fire and emergency management, who operate in the mitigation and response phases of emergencies across multiple hazards and support the transition to recovery.


Australian Red Cross

Red Cross mobilises the power of humanity – the powerful action of people helping people that can make a real difference to those overcoming tough times. It saves lives and supports people before and after disasters strike. It works to alleviate suffering during wars and conflict and to promote humanitarian laws and values.

Red Cross has 2,175 staff, almost 40,000 members and volunteers, 461,268 blood donors and 3,428 Blood Service staff, working from over 465 sites. Red Cross partners with International Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in areas as diverse as health and disaster risk management to form part of a global movement of humanitarian organisations in 190 countries.


Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre draws together all of Australia and New Zealand's fire and emergency service authorities, land management agencies, as well as non-government organisations and leading experts across a range of scientific fields to explore the causes, consequences, and mitigation of natural disasters.