Fourth annual

National DRANZSEN Forum


8.45am - 3.30pm, 30 August 2019



"For a resilient nation, all members of the community need to understand their role in minimising the impacts of disaster and hence the relevant knowledge skills and abilities to take appropriate action"

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is pleased to host the fourth National DRANZSEN Forum as part of the AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Professional Development Program.

The Disaster Resilient Australia New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) consists of representatives from education and emergency services, NGOs, universities, local government and community groups. Participants at this event will explore effective models for learning about natural hazards and disaster resilience to reduce risk and strengthen communities, through student participation and partnership for learning.

The National DRANZSEN Forum will explore:

  • learning partnerships for disaster resilience through STEM
  • youth perspectives on emergencies and disasters
  • youth action for disaster risk reduction and community resilience
  • national research and future directions for disaster resilience education 
  • innovative use of technology for investigating local hazards and risks.


Who should attend?

  • School leadership teams and staff interested in STEM partnerships to reduce risk and build resilience in their local community
  • Emergency service representatives involved in youth and community education who want to share practice and collaborate with others
  • Representatives from the Department of Education, Catholic Education, and the independent schools sector
  • Subject-specific teacher associations, other agencies and affiliated organisations.


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.