6 - 7 October 2021 | International Convention Centre, Sydney NSW

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2021


6 - 7 October 2021


$580 + GST (Early bird price until 30 June)

$650 + GST (Full price)

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference was originally scheduled for 18 - 19 August 2021.

This event has now been postponed until 6 - 7 October 2021.

Meeting in the middle: community voices and complex choices

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference welcomes you back in 2021 with the latest ideas and innovations in disaster risk reduction and resilience. Join us in Sydney on 6 and 7 October.

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

Following on from a successful online conference last year, the conference organisers look forward to warmly welcoming delegates back to join us in person to reconnect and share experiences. 

This year, for the first time, the conference will be expanding its program to offer delegates more content than ever before through two streams of presentations delivered by an impressive line up of keynote speakers, presenters and panels. 

Registrations are now open.

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will run in partnership with AFAC21 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive emergency management conference and exhibition

The 2021 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is proudly supported by Resilience NSW.

Conference inclusions and highlights


Early bird (until 30 June 2021): $580 + GST
Full price: $650 + GST

Inclusions and highlights

  • Two full days of conference program with two streams of presentations
  • Shared keynote presentations with AFAC21 featuring Dominque Hogan-Doran SC, Grace Tame, Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM and Stan Grant
  • Full day time catering
  • An exclusive networking function on Wednesday featuring the NSW Resilient Australia Awards ceremony
  • Full access to the AFAC21 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Trade Exhibition, including the extensive poster display in the AIDR Knowledge Centre, expo stage, live demonstrations and Meet the Speaker Lounge.
  • Access to AFAC21 professional development day workshops and field trips on Friday (may incur additional costs)
  • Conference satchel and printed delegate handbook
  • Discounted accommodation rates (subject to availability)
  • Ongoing free public access to conference proceedings on the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub
  • Access to a suite of optional add-ons to customise your conference experience

Trade Exhibition

Crowd at AFAC18 trade exhibition

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference delegates will have full access to the AFAC21 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Trade Exhibition.

Delegates will be able to network and meet like-minded peers, view posters and gain insight from speakers at the AIDR Knowledge Centre.

Visitors to the AFAC21 Trade Exhibition can also engage with conference presenters at the Meet the Speaker Lounge, listen to presentations from experts on the Expo Stage and watch live displays in the Demonstration Zone. 

Discover more via the AFAC21 Exhibitor List.


Visiting Sydney


AFAC21 has coordinated discounted accommodation rates with various hotels for the benefit of conference delegates. A list of hotels, in order of proximity to the International Convention Centre, is available here.

To access the discounted accommodation rates, conference delegates must book accommodation as part of the conference registration process. To begin your registration process, please click here.

Discounted accommodation rates conclude on July 8, and all new bookings made from July 9 must be arranged with the hotels directly.

Things to do

Sydney is known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, fantastic restaurants, stunning natural attractions and much more. From the majestic Sydney Opera House on one of the world’s great natural harbours to iconic Bondi Beach, there are plenty of options to make the most out of being in in town.

Highlights this August include Vivid Sydney, an annual festival that transforms Sydney into a playground of the unexpected with mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections, and the renowned musical Hamilton. Visit the Sydney Tourism website for ideas to make your stay memorable.  

The 2021 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will take place in Sydney. We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters.  

There are about 29 clan groups of the Sydney metropolitan area referred to collectively as the Eora Nation. The ‘Eora people’ was the name given to the coastal Aboriginal peoples around Sydney. ‘Eora’ means ‘here’ or ‘from this place’. The Gadigal are a clan of the Eora Nation. Learn more.