26 - 27 August 2020

Adelaide Convention Centre


Official statement, dated 31 March 2020

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is scheduled to run 26-27 August 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Both AIDR and AFAC20 powered by INTERSCHUTZ are committed to running the event. The AFAC20 exhibition is over 80 percent sold, and our program committee is working hard to curate a thought-leading program. There are, however, many forces in life that are outside of our control, including COVID-19. This could impact the scheduled event in August in Adelaide.

We have committed to make a decision regarding proceeding with the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference in early May 2020. This timeline reflects the same path taken by AFAC20. We believe that four months out is the right time to provide you with our definitive intentions around the event, while keeping everyone safe.

We trust that in the meantime you will, like us, continue to plan to be together in Adelaide.

Disaster risk reduction in action: pathways to impact

Australia is moving forward with a new agenda for disaster risk reduction to contribute to a more resilient nation.

2019 has been a year of records being broken in Australia and around the world, and disasters that once would have been considered rare, or unprecedented, occurring more often and with significant impact.

At the same time, this was the year that saw the launch of Australia’s National Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – a national and comprehensive approach to reducing disaster risk and its impacts, now and into the future.

Disaster risk reduction provides a path forward where ‘business as usual’ is no longer adequate. But what does that mean, and how do we take tangible action that leads to impact?

About the conference

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference returns for its third year, hosted in Adelaide on 26 and 27 August 2020.

The conference will take a deeper look at what taking action on reducing disaster risk and its impacts looks like in practice in the context of a changing climate, and how reducing risk contributes to the resilience of our nation.

The conference will be an opportunity to learn from leading examples across multiple sectors with a focus on application and real world outcomes through the theme: disaster risk reduction in action: pathways to impact.

How can we move from strategy to action and achieve real impact? What case studies best demonstrate disaster risk reduction in practice? How do initiatives underway in Australia demonstrate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the National Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction? How can we take tangible action to reduce disaster risk and strengthen resilience? What lens can academia bring to enabling evidence-based action?

Previous conferences

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. 

The inaugural conference event was held in 2018 in Perth, followed returned for a second event in 2019 in Melbourne. 

2018 theme: 'The rise of resilience: from the individual to the global'

2019 theme: 'Are we future ready?'

Proceedings, papers and presentations from these events are available on the Knowledge Hub, accompanied by delegate handbooks, conference programs, abstracts and speaker profiles from each event. 

The Australian Disaster Resilience Snapshot, developed at the 2018 conference, is also available on the Knowledge Hub. The snapshot presents the collective views of delegates on what is working and what is needed to take us forward for a disaster resilient nation. 

Disaster risk reduction collection

The disaster risk reduction collection was launched on the Knowledge Hub in late 2019. It brings together key guidance materials developed by Australia's National Resilience Taskforce to support disaster risk reduction policy and practice in Australia, including the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, Profiling Australia's Vulnerability and Guidance for Strategic Decisions on Climate and Disaster Risk

These documents facilitate discussion and thinking on resilience building in Australia and set a new agenda for how we understand and address our vulnerability to hazards in a changing climate. 

The collection also includes the international Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and proceedings from the 2019 Understanding Disaster Risk national forums. 


Please direct any queries about the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference to AIDR Events Coordinator, Greg Taylor:

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