International Convention and Exhibition Centre Sydney

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2024


04 September 2024 - 05 September 2024
The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference brings together a diverse and passionate crowd from a range of sectors to share knowledge and build connections for a disaster resilient Australia.

Maintaining momentum: driving systemic change to create a more resilient future

We have entered the new normal, but we are not unprepared. The 2023 Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction revealed we have much to be proud of. A shift in mindset is underway.

Alongside a focus on excellence in response, we are increasingly attuned to underlying risk factors that lead to disaster. We are focussed on preparedness, on building resilience, on working together to strengthen and protect what we value. Driving this is growing recognition of the imperative for systemic and collaborative approaches to disaster risk management.

As the impacts of climate change are predicted to become even more frequent and intense, the need for effective disaster risk reduction and adaption efforts has intensified. Now is the time to reflect on what we are doing well, what we have learnt and how we can use this to accelerate and sustain momentum into the future.

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will showcase and celebrate the exceptional work taking place across our country and explore the systemic disaster risk mindset that will enable us to create a more resilient future.

Continuing the Conversation

Explore the videos below for perspectives from the 2023 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presenters and participants.


Ngalii ngaa garima lee la jaguun, jaguun garima mebeerrd  

Oliver Costello, Jagun Aboriginal Corporation

Creating a sustainable future
Brendan Moon, National Emergency Management Agency

Using post-event research to identify policy-related research findings 
Mel Taylor, Macquarie University and Kat Haynes, Natural Hazards Research Australia

Having a seat at the table: Disability & Disasters
Leyla Craig, Fire and Rescue NSW 

That which connects us
Barbara Rix, Australian Red Cross and Jordan Nye, Muladha Gamara

Hard place/good place 
Linda Snell, Yarra Ranges Council and Willow Swaneveld, 2023 Yarra Ranges Council Young Citizen of the Year

Karuk Women's Training Exchange
Alex Lacey, Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service and Chloe Swiney, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Building disaster resilience into the school curriculum
Andrea Vis, Gingin District High School and Neil Munro, Country Fire Authority

Building a habit
Kate Retzki, Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Event partners and supporters

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will run in partnership with AFAC24, Australasia's largest and most comprehensive emergency management conference and exhibition.