2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference was held from 22 – 23  May at The Star Gold Coast (formerly known as Jupiters Gold Coast) on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Information for 2018 will be announced shortly.

Welcome from the Conference Chair

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Conference on behalf of the  2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference Committee.

Now into its sixth year, the ANZDMC continues to grow in both size and reputation and this conference has evolved into the premium event of its type, facilitating professional development and the exchange of current ideas and practices between emergency and disaster management practitioners from Australia and New Zealand and further afield. We continue to listen to your feedback and modify the program each year to ensure we are providing professional and pithy presenters, and papers that are relevant, innovative and support individual professional development.

This year we will have delegates attending from South East Asia and further afield, over 100 speakers and poster presenters addressing topics on current and emerging practice, covering a diverse range of themes and issues that are very relevant to emergency and disaster management professionals.

Our countries and our region remain subject to events that have the potential to cause significant disruption, damage, injury and loss of life, and our preparedness and our capacity to respond directly impacts outcomes for affected communities. The continued exchange of ideas and innovations at this conference will result in improved practices within our industry and ultimately on the ground.

The Conference Committee have worked hard to produce a diverse and topical program for you with keynote speakers and invited speakers who represent the ever-increasing depth and breadth of the emergency and disaster management sector. We trust that you find the program engaging, informative and provocative.

On behalf of the 2017 Conference Committee, I thank you for your attendance, support and participation in what will be another successful conference.

Mr Christopher Austin ADC
Conference Chair
Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

Featured Speakers


  • Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service
  • Mr Rod Young, National Emergency Response Manager, Telstra
  • Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross
  • Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Brigadier Christopher Field, AM, CSC, State Recovery Coordinator, Australian Defence Force
  • Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society
  • Dr Paul Barnes, Head, Risk & Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Associate Professor Peter Aitken, Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health

Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference 2016

Who Should Attend the Conference

  • State Emergency Services
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • SES/Volunteer Organisations
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Defence Force
  • Not For Profit Associations
  • 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
  • University/ Educational Institutes/ Researchers/ Academics






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