Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

The 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD on the 30-31 May 2016. The Conference theme ‘EARTH, FIRE and RAIN’ will continue to examine issues that impact preparedness, resilience, response and capability.

The Conference Program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Panel Discussions and Poster Presentations.

Topics will include:
  • International Response to Disasters
  • The Recovery Process
  • Understanding and Enhancing Resilience
  • Volunteers in Emergencies
  • Consequence Management – from Preparation to Business Continuity
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Psycho-Social Implications of Disaster Management
  • Emerging Technology and Capability Needs
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Open Topic

Program Highlights

The program will provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute, learn and network with peers. It will examine the lessons learnt from recent national and international events and provide a comprehensive forum to examine the expertise, competencies and systems relating to our preparedness and response.

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Emergency Services Integrated Communications vehicle (ESIC)


The National Safety Agency has announced that the Emergency Services Integrated Communications vehicle (ESIC) will be touring Australia’s East Coast, with one of the first stops being at the 2016 Disaster and Emergency Management Conference.

The road show will enable frontline emergency services agencies, in conjunction with incident support agencies, including councils, health and community services departments, to see how this fully integrated mobile vehicle can support monitoring and managing incident personnel near to the incident location.

The vehicle provides agencies with communications services and 24/7 connection, including real-time video conferencing and internet access for a vast amount of users.

2016 Confirmed Keynote Speakers

JonathanCoppel Mr Jonathan Coppel
Productivity Commissioner
Natural Disaster Funding, Productivity Commission
Katarina-Carroll Commissioner Katarina Carroll
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Sarb-Johal A/Professor Sarb Johal
Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health,
Joint Centre for Disaster Research Massey University, NZ
 Joanna-Batstone Dr Joanna L. Batstone
Vice President and Lab Director.
IBM Research Australia
 Brett-Aimers-2016 A/Professor Brett Aimers
Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University.
Director, Australian Institute of Emergency Services
 Julie-Molloy Ms Julie Molloy
Director, Social Engagement,
Volunteering QLD
 Brendan-Moon Mr Brendan Moon
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Reconstruction Authority

The program will include:

  • Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
  • Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
  • Networking Functions
  • Exhibition of leading industry professionals
  • Poster Presentations
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the Conference

Why You Should Attend

  • Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
  • Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
  • Be inspired;
    • by an optimistic, action orientated group of people
    • by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference

Who Should Attend

  • State Emergency Services
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Fire & Emergency Services
  • SES/Volunteer Organisations
  • Red Cross
  • Defence Force
  • University/ Educational Institutes/ Researchers/ Academics
  • Policymakers/ Government/ Local Government/ Councils
  • Emergency Services Managers
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Health Services
  • Asset Managers/ Business Consultants
  • Planners/ Risk Assessors
  • Facility Managers (Aged Care, Hospitals)
  • Insurers/ Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure/ Equipment Providers

Key Dates

  • Abstracts Close: Monday 15 February 2016
  • Notification to Authors: Monday 22 February 2016
  • Author Acceptances: Friday 4 March 2016
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 7 March 2016
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: Monday 18 April 2016
  • Peer Review Paper Due: Friday 22 April 2016
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Search and Rescue Conference:  

SAR---LogoThe Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held at Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast on 1 June 2016. The two Conferences have come together to form a partnership by aligning the dates of the events, offering the two industries the most significant Conferences on the 2016 calendar.

The two events offer an extensive program incorporating over 120 industry speakers, an all-encompassing exhibition and networking opportunities across the 3 days.

Special discount rates are being offered to those that wish to attend both Conferences. To find out more about what the Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference has on offer please visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.

What delegate said about the 2015 Conference

  • “The Conference was fantastic. Great line up of speakers, very nice venue and smooth organisation. I entirely enjoyed the time at Gold Coast and looking forward to attending this Conference next year.”
  • “This has been one of the best Conferences I have ever attended!”
  • “The Conference was well organised and supported which provided a great opportunity for networking and a forum to collaborate on the way forward in the future.”
  • “Excellent quality presenters, fantastic inspiration and motivation, and incredibly well coordinated.”
  • “It was a great Conference and an amazing amount of choice and sessions of interest.”
  • “I really enjoyed the Conference. It was beneficial to my personal development as well as my business.”
  • “Thank you for what was an inspirational exchange for experience, thoughts and invigorating discussion.”

What happened in 2015?

The Conference united over 450 delegates and featured 10 keynote presenters, 66 session presenters, interactive workshops, panel presentations and poster presentations. The Conference personified the in-depth discussions on natural disaster prevention, readiness, response and recovery both in Australia and globally.

The Exhibition featured 28 organisations presenting innovative products and services to the sector and provided a networking opportunity for guests to engage, continue discussions and maximise their Conference experience.

The Conference Host Associations would like to thank all of those who participated in the 2015 Conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters, and our Conference Committee members.  Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible.

The Program Committee would like to thank our 2015 keynote speakers:

  • Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing APM, Regional Operations, Queensland Police Service
  • Dr Richard Thornton, Chief Executive Officer, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Ms Samantha Chard, Assistant Secretary, Emergency Management Policy Branch, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney-General’s Department
  • Professor Kevin Ronan, Director of Clinical Masters Training Program, School of Psychology, CQ University
  • Mr Tony Pearce, Inspector-General for Emergency Management
  • Ms Elizabeth McNaughton, Director of Strategy and Government Relations, New Zealand Red Cross
  • Mr Duncan Gibb, Executive General Manager – Group Strategic Projects, Fulton Hogan
  • Mr Campbell Fuller, General Manager Communications & Media Relations, Insurance Council Australia
  • Mr Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC
  • Mr Clive Manley, Civil Defence and Emergency Management Director, Auckland Council


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