Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2019


28-29 August


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Are we future ready?

The 2019 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will consider what it takes to be future ready. Recognising the importance of being prepared for the unexpected, how can we address pressing issues and be confident that we are future ready when it comes to disasters?

Plans and actions are often based on our past and current experience of disasters. However, in the context of a changing climate, the influence of technology and shifting demographics we are coming to learn that the past can’t always be relied on as an accurate predictor of the future we are moving towards.

“This landscape of the emerging era of disasters is going to increasingly stretch emergency services, undermine community resilience and escalate the economic costs and loss of life… We need to begin preparing now for this future.”

Dr Robert Glasser
former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction



Secure your place now

Registration for the 2019 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is now open. The two-day conference program features high calibre speakers, access to an extensive exhibition, day time catering and a social function.

Delegates can customise their conference experience by adding on extra learning opportunities and social events through our conference partnership with AFAC19, including the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Professional Development Program and the AFAC19 Gala Dinner.


Explore the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference program

Faced with influences such as a changing climate, shifting demographics and evolving technology the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference considers what lays ahead by asking: Are we future ready?

Guided by underlying themes of connection, respect, empowerment and wisdom, the conference program will explore how disaster resilience intersects with the fundamental elements of our society: business, arts, government, education, and our relationships to one another.

This year, we will consider how we can better connect for resilience, support recovery and take action to achieve meaningful change. The conference will also open the conversation to diverse perspectives to develop inclusive approaches to disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

With a line-up of speakers representing the multifaceted nature of disaster resilience, delegates can look forward to a range of perspectives on what matters for resilience at present and into the future. 


About the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is the nation's premier event focused on contemporary disaster resilience practice and research. The event brings together a diverse and passionate crowd from a range of sectors to share knowledge and build connections for a disaster resilient Australia.

Key dates

4 Dec 2018 – 18 Feb 2019
Call for Abstracts closed

18 Mar 2019
Registrations open

28-29 Aug 2019
Conference dates



Early bird (18 Mar - 28 Jun)
$550 + GST

$620 + GST



Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, Victoria 3006

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Make the most of your Melbourne visit


City of Melbourne logoIn its second year, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held in Melbourne, Victoria. 

You don’t need to look far to discover a new experience in Melbourne. With more than 2300 cafes and restaurants, Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise.

Beyond your palate, there are ample opportunities to shop local and international brands, explore impressive galleries, see blockbuster shows, cheer at sporting events and explore the world-renown street art scene in Melbourne’s laneways and beyond. 

Add to your conference experience and explore the City of Melbourne What's On events calendar. There is plenty to choose from, including these free events happening in Melbourne during August.

The 2019 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is generously sponsored by City of Melbourne.

Become a sponsor

For the first time, AIDR has opened opportunities to sponsor the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference in 2019.

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is a premium opportunity to gain brand exposure and make connections with the ever-expanding disaster resilience community. 

Download our conference sponsorship prospectus for more information on sponsorship options and benefits. If your organisation’s values align with disaster resilience and you would like to show your support, contact to tailor a package.