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The 8th Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference will be held at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast on Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 June 2019.  

The annual conference will provide a two day educational program to facilitate presentations and conversations on  the effects of climate extremes, government contribution and influence, communication, collaboration and preparedness throughout the disaster and emergency management sector.

The 2019 program will incorporate  nine keynote speakers and over 70 concurrent presenters giving you an opportunity to collaborate, network and learn from like minded professionals.  This conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation and learning of the successes and challenges of disasters and emergencies.

The Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue Conference will be held on Friday 14 June 2019.

Conference Partners 2019

Featured Speakers

Dr Michael Eburn, Associate Professor, ANU College of Law
Mr Rob Gordon, Psychologist
Mr Jason Collins, Director, Chief Officer, Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency
Ms Anne Leadbeater, Director, Leadbeater Group
Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Victoria

Ms Loretta Heiber Girardet, Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Program Committee

Mr Chris Austin, Director, CTS Consultants (QLD) Co-chair
Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director – Relief & Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria (VIC) Co-chair
Associate Professor Akhilesh Surjan, Theme Leader – Humanitarian Emergency & Disaster Management Studies, Charles Darwin University (NT)
Ms Wendy Graham, Director Resilience & Recovery, NSW Office Of Emergency Management (NSW)
Mr Cameron Anderson, Deputy Manager, Emergency Operations, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria Government (VIC)
Dr John Bates, Research Director, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (VIC)
Mr Steve Jenkins, National President, Australian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES)
Mr Collin Sivalingum, State Manager, Emergency Services, Red Cross (QLD)

Conference Topics

Leadership, Communication and Collaboration
Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery
Evidence Based Research
Climate Extremes
Government Influence
Open Topics

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: 11 September 2018
    Abstracts close: 1 March 2019
    Notification to authors: 15 March 2019
    Author acceptances due: 22 March 2019
    Draft program available: 26 March 2019
    Presentation amendments: 19 April 2019
    Presenter registration and payment: 1 May 2019
    Early bird registrations close: 1 May 2019

Other Information

Who Should Attend

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

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 and panel sessions
  • Networking function
  • Exhibition of leading industry professionals
  • Poster presentations
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference
  • Certificate of Attendance which may be used towards CPD points

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Conference Committee would like to thank the 2018 Featured Speakers

Dr Young has been the Queensland Chief Health Officer since 2005. Previously she worked in a range of positions in Queensland and Sydney. She has specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators…

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John joined Westfield in November 2013 in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand & Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He also has responsibility for the corporate security requirements of the Lowy family and their private assets…

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As Deputy Commissioner for the Emergency Management, Volunteerism and Community Resilience (EMVCR) Division within Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Mike is committed to enhancing volunteerism, strengthening QFES capabilities…

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Dr Bates joined the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as Research Director In 2017, where he Is responsible for managing the CRC’s research and utilisation program. Prior to joining the CRC, he was the founding Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

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Major General Greg Bilton was born in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his secondary education at Melbourne High School he entered the Royal Military College in 1983 and graduated to the Royal Australian Artillery Regiment in 1986.

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Nev Hyman is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, having established two of the best known and most successful surfboard brands in the world, Nev Future Shapes and Firewire Surfboards.

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Plenary Panel

Different Perspectives on Disaster Plenary Panel

  • Dr Erin Smith, Senior Lecturer, Paramedical Science, Edith Cowan University (chair)
  • Marian Fontana – 9/11 wife of responder
  • Gill Hicks – victim, London Bombings
  • Cameron Anderson – responder


When does abstract submission close?
Can I make a group registration?

If you are registering 3 or more delegates, please complete the excel spreadsheet and return to the Secretariat.

When does early bird registration close?

Earlybird registration closes: 5.pm AEST 1 May2019. A discount is available for registrations received and paid before 5.pm AEST 1 May 2019. Registrations not paid by that date will be re-invoiced at the standard rate.