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 address planning, response and the introduction of innovative techniques in management of disasters, emergencies and hazards.

The 2016 Conference continues to grow and offer extensive resources, knowledge and network opportunities to those that work in the Disaster and Emergency Management Community.

Around the world communities are continually faced with catastrophic natural disasters including floods, bushfires, cyclones, earthquake, tsunamis and severe weather events. The results can be devastating with significant consequences to infrastructure, communities, businesses and the mental wellbeing of individuals.

What can we learn from the past and how do we become better prepared for future disasters, emergencies and hazards? How can Emergency Services adapt and work together to ensure efficient and quick recovery and reconstruction?

Bringing together leading representatives from fire, police, ambulance, emergency, rescue, volunteer, defence and health sectors the Conference will deliberate and discuss Disaster and Emergency Management issues confronting Australia, New Zealand and Internationally.

The Conference Program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Panel Discussions and Posters.

The Conference is a joint initiative of four ‘not-for-profit’ organisations: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Australian Institute of Emergency Services, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.

Program Highlights

The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program will examine what we have learnt in the past few years and provided a comprehensive forum to address the expertise, competencies and systems relating to the preparedness for future disasters, emergencies and hazards and the ability to recover from them quickly and efficiently.

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

2016 Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Brett Aimers, Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University. Director, Australian Institute of Emergency Services
  • Dr Joanna L. Batstone, Vice President and Lab Director. IBM Research Australia
  • Katarina Carroll, Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Sarb Johal, Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health, Joint Centre for Disaster Research Massey University, NZ
  • Julie Molloy, Director, Social Engagement, Volunteering QLD

2016 Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia
  • Wendy Kelly, Assistant Secretary, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Emergency Management Policy Division, Emergency Management Australia

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 8 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

Search and Rescue Conference:  

The 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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