Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2018

6-7 September 2018
Perth, Western Australia

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience will host the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) in Perth, Western Australia from 6-7 September 2018. 

The ADRC will bring together local government, communities, NGOs, not-for-profits, research organisations, education partners and the private sector to share thinking and practice around disaster resilience. 

The ADRC will run as a single stream conference concurrently with AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. ADRC Delegates will have access to the AFAC18 trade exhibition, and will benefit from joint keynote speaker sessions, and opportunities to meet speakers and attend poster presentations at the AIDR-hosted Knowledge Centre.

Sponsored places

The conference will offer a number of sponsored places for volunteers, students and community organisations, to attend the Conference, targeted to individuals actively engaged in building community disaster resilience. If you would like present at the Conference, submit your abstract through the portal. 

Submit an expression of interest for a sponsored place

The rise of resilience: From the individual to the global 
Enhancing recovery by supporting community resilience

Resilience is about how we can understand, live with, manage and adapt to a world of increasing change, uncertainty and surprise. Risks and hazards are a part of our world but building disaster resilience in the face of these events requires a shared responsibility among individuals, communities and nations, and enables them to quickly and effectively recover with coordinated support. This conference will explore the importance of individual and community effort at the grassroots level of disaster resilience, through to the enabling conditions of governance, investment and strong public policy that are required to support and foster disaster resilience, and effective recovery for those affected by disaster. The conference will provide a premier opportunity to achieve effective and meaningful partnerships and further strengthen cooperation by engaging with disaster resilience thinking and practice across multiple activities and scales.

Abstracts submitted for this conference may consider:

  • Activities and case studies on disaster resilience
  • Disaster risk reduction strategies
  • Measuring and assessing disaster resilience
  • Enhancing recovery through greater community resilience
  • Disaster resilience strategy and policy
  • New directions in resilience thinking
  • The economics of disaster resilience
  • Building resilience for catastrophic disasters of the future

Abstract submissions

Abstract submissions for the ADRC are now open.

Please note: The abstract submission portal is hosted by AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ.
If you would like to submit an abstract you will be redirected to the AFAC18 portal.

The submission and selection process is as follows:


Authors are invited to lodge a personal submission, or a submission on behalf of their organisation, addressing the ADRC theme. An author can submit for multiple abstracts. 


Submissions must be lodged online and completed by Monday 19 February 2018.


Submissions will be reviewed by the conference program committee. Due to the highly competitive nature of the selection process, only submissions of the highest quality will be considered.


Submissions are assessed and shortlisted, and the final oral presenters selected on 8 March 2018.


Authors who have been successful in being granted an oral presentation and/or poster presentation will be notified by the end of March 2018.


Authors must accept their offer by 11 April 2018. In doing so, authors commit to registering to attend the conference and providing a 2,000 word paper by 6 July 2018.

For any questions about abstract submissions or for more information, please email Greg Taylor, AIDR Event Coordinator, or phone 03 9418 5274.