Resilient Australia Awards: 25 years of recognising resilience

The 2024 Resilient Australia Awards are now open for submissions. For 25 years, the awards have celebrated initiatives that build resilience and inspire others to act – making communities safer, more connected, and better prepared for disasters and emergencies.

This year, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is proud to introduce the National Research for Impact Award. The new award category is open to tertiary institutions and recognises research that is having or will have a significant impact on knowledge, capability, and practice, and will enhance disaster resilience outcomes as a result. 

Research plays an important role in building disaster resilience and reducing disaster risk. The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is encouraging all researchers and tertiary institutions to submit their project to the program for their opportunity to be the inaugural winner of the National Resilient Australia Research for Impact Award. 

The National Resilient Australia Research for Impact Award is considered at the national level only. There are 7 other award categories open at the state and territory level: business, community, government, local government, schools, mental health and wellbeing, and photography.

The winners from each state and territory are then considered for national awards.

Since being established in 2000, the awards have recognised outstanding contributions in each state and territory across multiple sectors and disciplines. They endorse a wide range of initiatives; with past projects centred around risk assessment and mitigation, planning and preparation, and response and recovery. 

The awards are open to all Australians, including but not limited to individuals, not for profit organisations, small and large businesses, all levels of government, schools, education institutions, research bodies, and emergency service agencies. 

The Resilient Australia Awards are managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, and proudly sponsored by the Australian Government in conjunction with the states and territories. 

Submissions can be made in written or video format and will be accepted until 11.59pm AEST on 31 May, 2024.  For more information and to submit, visit