AIDR's Education Program

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) delivers a range of educational programs based on a set of core principles:

  • Resilience is a complex topic and much of the success of an education program will be the way in which it helps to change the way we think and behave as individuals, communities and organisations.
  • Our response agencies (e.g. fire, flood, health and humanitarian) have well-developed educational materials specific for the situations in which they provide their services.
  • A growing number of disaster situations are beyond what individuals and organisations have experienced or trained for and there is an increasing need to up-skill our workforce to allow them to deliver the best possible responses in complex, ambiguous and dangerous environments.

Embedding resilience as a core capability at all levels of our society will require:

  • the sharing and translation of research and evidence derived from research to inform the development of resilience
  • greater engagement with schools in the development of resilience (with a focus on the disaster setting) as a core skill to be developed in our children as they grow and develop
  • providing volunteers from all organisations involved in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery with opportunities to develop and test their leadership skills
  • promoting discussion and debate amongst senior leaders and the next generation of leaders on 'wicked' problems where the complexity of the disaster (or threatened disaster) challenges the fundamental principles and operating experiences on which responses are traditionally based, and
  • making relevant information freely available to assist in capability development and decision making.

To deliver a portfolio of quality educational programs across Australia, AIDR will partner with emergency management and disaster resilience agencies, registered training organisations (RTOs) and higher education institutions.    Details of available programs and their delivery dates can be found in the Events tab.

More information on specific programs can be found through the following links:

If you are looking for opportunities for further study, the Education & Professional Development Collection in the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub has links to providers around Australia.

Professional Development

Promoting and supporting discussion and debate in areas that affect and influence disaster resilience is one of AIDR's core programs.  Our professional development program is just one of the ways that you can become engaged in these discussions.  We use our online and social media platforms as a significant opportunity to engage in promotion and discussion of disaster resilience and organisational capabilities that contribute to the development of resilience.

AIDR's professional development program will cover a broad range of topics: 

  • management of complex problems
  • potential applications and value of new research
  • engaging productively with all organisations involved in disaster response and resilience.

 If you would like to suggest specific topic areas or speakers, please get in touch with us using the Contact Us page.

Leadership Development

AIDR's leadership development activities will be closely linked with our professional development program to provide a range of events that will appeal to those with limited experience in leadership through to senior members of organisations active in emergency management and disaster resilience.

Volunteer leadership development will remain a significant focus for AIDR with a mix of programs delivered at major centres across Australia and, where possible, these will be run at no cost to individual volunteers.  The current programs include:

Leadership Skills Program

The Leadership Skills Development program comprises a series of workshops that are typically run over one day (on weekends) for volunteers.  These skills development programs are delivered across Australia, frequently run in partnership with local organisations.

Leadership Development Program

This three-day program provides an introduction to leadership for volunteers across all agencies and will be delivered in major capital cities during 2016.

Disaster Resilience Education for Schools

In recent years, emergency management agencies, non-government agencies and governments have invested significantly in the development of a broad selection of emergency, disaster and recovery-specific educational materials for schools and for the community. In addition, several projects have been undertaken to map the emergency management and disaster curriculum content into the national schools curriculum.

Whilst the above activities go a significant way towards providing resources for comprehensive disaster resilience education in schools, there is no significant overarching strategy and implementation plan for the development of resilience to disasters as an integrated theme in primary and secondary schooling.  Rather than focusing on building response and recovery capabilities to specific event types, such a strategy can build and strengthen resilience as a valuable educational outcome.

Where development of resilience to disasters and other traumatic events becomes integrated across a school’s curriculum, opportunities and interest will arise for the delivery of preparedness, response and recovery programs for specific disasters selected by the school based on (for example) a school’s history, geography, climate and student mobility.