South Australia

Disaster Resilience Educators Forum


9:00am - 3:30pm, 23 May 2018



This forum is a professional learning opportunity for classroom teachers and agency-based educators to develop knowledge and practical skills for the delivery of disaster resilience education (DRE) in a South Australian context. The program will include presentations and workshops from the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) and a representative of the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victoria State Emergency Service (VIC SES) Community Development Program team.

Information and training will be provided on:

  • international frameworks: 

Comprehensive School Safety Framework

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 

  •  curriculum connections and opportunities for learning in the primary and secondary years
  •  inquiry skills and student empowerment for community change
  •  collaborating with experts and community groups for authentic, place-based learning
  •  teaching resources and support for DRE in schools.


Who should attend?

  • Classroom teachers (primary and secondary) with a focus on Geography, Science, Civics & Citizenship and Health & Physical Education

  • Representatives from the Department of Education, Catholic Education, and the independent schools sector
  • Subject-specific teacher associations, other agencies and affiliated organisations
  • Emergency service representatives involved in community safety or education.


Disaster resilience education

Disaster resilience education (DRE) enables young people to build knowledge, skills and confidence to problem solve and take action before, during and after a disaster event. DRE supports the development of a culture of safety and preparedness that aims to protect communities and reduce vulnerability to the potentially devastating impact of a disaster.


AIDR Education for Young People Program

The Education for Young People Program supports the implementation of effective and sustainable disaster resilience education initiatives which empower and give a voice to young people throughout Australia.

The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) seeks to:

  • communicate a shared understanding of DRE connected to international frameworks and relevant to an Australian context
  • build the capacity of teachers and other educators to deliver effective and sustainable DRE to young people, informed by contemporary research and aligned with the Australian Curriculum
  • provide a forum for schools, emergency management agencies and community organisations in the network to share knowledge, good practice and strategic objectives related to DRE
  • facilitate networking and collaboration between stakeholders in the design and delivery of new DRE initiatives.