ICC 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.

What delegates said about the 2023 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

‘I found this event an incredible opportunity to hear some highly inspiring speakers and gain fresh knowledge of available networks and resources.’

‘This conference has changed my approach by learning to never be afraid to listen to different approaches, not be afraid to pivot and to be open and empathetic when things don't go as planned.’

‘The conference gave me an overview of different perspectives (community, councils, government, funding and research bodies).’

‘I have drawn a lot of inspiration and hope from this conference. I also feel that this conference has given me a lot of knowledge regarding recovery and resilience which I would incorporate in my work.’

‘I have so many new ideas that I will take back to my teams and will be implementing new programs based on the ideas and experiences shared by speakers and colleagues.’

Pricing and ticket options

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) will be co-located with the AFAC24 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference and exhibition. 

2 day ADRC early bird pass (until 30 June)*

$630 + GST per person


  • Two day ADRC program
    Stream 6 and 7 of the combined AFAC24 program
  • Keynote speakers
  • Opening ceremony
  • Closing ceremony
  • Closing panel
  • AFAC24 Powered by INTERSCHUTZ exhibition
  • Daytime catering 
  • ADRC networking function
    Wednesday 4 September, 5.30pm-7.00pm

Optional add-ons

Enhance your conference experience by adding on additional options. 

  • Welcome and awards ceremony - $110 + GST
  • AFAC Gala Dinner - $200 + GST
  • Research and Innovation Day single day pass - $730 + GST
    Tuesday 3 September
  • Recovery field trip
    Friday 6 September
  • AFAC24 Professional Development Program workshops and field trips

*Early bird pricing available until 30 June. Standard ADRC conference pass (after 30 June) is $705 + GST.

Resilience Lane 

After a highly successful debut in 2023, 'Resilience Lane' returns to the Exhibition Hall at AFAC24 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Resilience Lane is a space where not-for-profit and community-focussed organisations can showcase their work and services that strengthen community resilience.

Resilience Lane will feature up to 16 exhibitors in 2024.


Expressions of interest has now closed.

Expressions of interest are now open for organisations interested in featuring as part of Resilience Lane, which returns to the exhibition hall at AFAC24 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Expressions of interest have now close.

AFAC24 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Exhibition

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference delegates will have full access to the AFAC24 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Trade Exhibition: Australasia’s largest emergency management exhibition, showcasing the industry’s most impressive range of exhibitors covering all facets of emergency management equipment, technology and services.

The Exhibition also features:

  • AIDR Knowledge Centre: giving delegates the opportunity to discover the latest in research and best practice through an extensive poster display, as well as the chance to meet speakers from the conference and to vote in the People’s Choice Poster Award
  • Solutions Theatre: featuring insightful, practical presentations from industry leaders and experts
  • Demonstration Zone: showcasing live displays of new emergency management technologies and best practice examples of emergency management situations
  • Resilience Lane: a space where not-for-profit and community-focussed organisations can showcase their work and services that strengthen community resilience

Special thanks to the 2024 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference program committee

Australian Red Cross

City of Sydney

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia

Insurance Australia Group

Monash University

National Emergency Management Agency

Natural Hazards Research Australia

NSW Rural Fire Service

NSW Reconstruction Authority

Resilient Sydney




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.