8 October 2021 | International Convention Centre, Sydney NSW

National Recovery Forum


8 October 2021



The National Recovery Forum was originally scheduled for 20 August 2021.

This event has now been postponed until 8 October 2021.

The National Recovery Forum will bring people involved in disaster recovery together to develop connections and share knowledge, ideas, inspiration and good practice for communities to recover well from disasters and build a resilient future.

The National Recovery Forum will take place following the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference program on 6 - 7 October.

Throughout Australia we continue to see the impacts of disasters on different communities, individuals and families and we know the predictions for future disaster impacts. There is a broad call to build recovery capability in both the professional workforce and in our communities in early relief and recovery through to long term resilience.

Disaster recovery is complex societal work and at its best is about people’s strengths, dignity, healing and about how we go about building generative communities. Frameworks that help us to navigate complexity encourage the bringing together of multiple perspectives to make sense of what is going on.

You are invited to join community members and recovery practitioners from around Australia to build and share knowledge and practice about disaster recovery, and connect, reflect, and inspire each other about recovering well from disasters and building resilient futures.

Areas of recovery that will be covered on the day include:

  • Lessons implemented in recovery - partnerships with local entities, business recovery, the built environment, relief and clean up provision, natural environment
  • Community-led recovery and resilience and community capacity in recovery
  • Inclusion and equity, including community engagement
  • Leadership in recovery
  • Coordination and collaboration (including donations of goods, volunteers and donations of time, service provision)
  • Sustaining the recovery workforce


Friday 8 October

8:30 am   Registration opens – tea and coffee on arrival
9:00 am   Welcome
9:30 am   Opening address
9:50 am  

Panel: What is essential to recovering well from disasters and building resilient futures for people and communities?

10:40 am  

Multiple perspectives: What have you seen done well in recovery?
In this session, delegates will take part in a small group activity to discuss and share recovery experiences.

11:00 am    Morning tea
11:30 am  

Multiple perspectives forum: speed talks
Hear from an array of speakers as they present on recovery approaches, initiatives, experiences and research. Speakers to be announced!

1:00 pm   Lunch
1:45 pm  

Conversations that matter (held concurrently) What are the conversations we need to have now for us to all recover well from disasters and build resilient futures?
In this session, delegates will be invited to host or contribute to disaster recovery conversations on a range of topics that will be crowd-sources on the day. Hear each others stories, lessons and experiences. 

3:10 pm   Afternoon tea (on the go)
3:15 pm   Closing panel and graphic harvest reflection: What have we heard and what are we taking forward?
3:40 pm  

Final activity
Connect with other delegates to reflect on your experience of the day.

4:00 pm   Thank you and close


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.