Sponsored places available for conference

Sponsored registrations are now available to attend the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, featuring international insights and thinking for the future.

AIDR is pleased to announce that the City of Melbourne has come on board as a sponsor of the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. This sponsorship allows sponsored places to become available to attend Australia’s premier event for the disaster resilience sector.

The sponsored places allow students, volunteers and community organisation representatives to attend. Expressions of interest are currently open and will close on 22 July. Please click here to find out more and apply online.

Tickets are selling quickly after an overwhelming response to the recent closure of early bird pricing.

The conference will draw together the disaster resilience sector to ask, ‘are we future ready?’, at the Melbourne and Convention Exhibition Centre between 28-29 August.

Delegates can customise their conference experience by adding on additional learning opportunities and social events when registering, including:

    • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum (Tuesday 27 August)
    • AFAC19 Gala Dinner (Wednesday 28 August)
    • National DRANZSEN Forum and other professional development workshops (Friday 30 August)

Presentations will be guided by the themes of connection; respect; empowerment and wisdom, with a range of keynote speakers secured, including:

Dr Robert Glasser: The Former Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Elaine Miles: A social researcher, business strategist demographer and trends analyst who will explore how communities are shifting and how these trends impact emergency services.

Dr Lance Sullivan (New Zealand): As a strong advocate for Maori healthcare, Dr Sullivan will focus his presentation on utilising cultural heritage to address limitations or restrictions in the emergency management sphere.

Bronwyn Weir: Specialises in government law for regulators, she is a legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce and the Queensland Government.

The program features a range of speakers from state and local government, the private sector, academia, the arts, community organisations and the education sector – including students themselves – who will present their initiatives and thinking on what it takes to be future ready.

The conference also coincides with Refuge 2019, part of a five-year project harnessing the arts to enhance community disaster resilience. The event runs from 24 August to 7 September, seeking to uncover how the population will act and behave during a range of different climate-related disasters.

Emily Sexton from Arts House will speak about Refuge 2019: 'Displacement' on day one of the conference. Delegates are encouraged to view the program early as they may like to consider extending their stay in Melbourne to attend one of the free weekend events.

Delegates are also encouraged to explore what Melbourne has to offer, with the conference venue located in the heart of the city. To find out more about what is happening around the time of the conference please visit,

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will feature as the sixth stream of AFAC19, powered by INTERSCHUTZ.

To apply for a sponsored ticket at the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, please complete an expression of interest before 22 July.