Time Agenda
09:00 – 16:00 Advanced Technologies in Disaster Planning and Rescue Site Tour
A unique highlight of this year’s event is the Advanced Technologies in Disaster Planning and Rescue Site Tour, a pre-conference site visit to the latest disaster research centres in Australia where you discover how new aquatic robots and aerial drones have tremendous potential in transforming humanitarian aid and how these new technologies can help to map disaster terrain more effectively, assess damage in real time, increase situational awareness and deliver relief faster, cheaper and more efficiently. You will also see how big data analytics can be used to predict the next major bushfire/flood at CSIRO and experience the latest facilities such as Smart Structures Lab (which has facilities to test buildings and materials under earthquake and other conditions), Factory of the Future (Sensor Technology and Social Media in disaster management, and Virtual Reality in Bushfire Shelters), and Tour of Industry 4.0 training space at Swinburne University of Technology.

This site visit will show you how advances in technology can help us respond better to disasters and bring meaningful benefits to the humanitarian sector especially in remote and dangerous locations where critical resources need to be faster and more efficiently delivered. You will also discover how to take advantage of the latest mobile networking technology to establish connectivity when disaster strikes, often faster than government or local providers can.

Time Agenda
09:00 Conference Introduction by Chairperson: Chairperson Highlights on Conference Day-1 Key Sessions
Douglas-rounded Douglas Brown
Bushfire Architecture: Research and Consulting
New Technology Driving Innovative Search & Rescue During Disaster Operation
Opening Keynote Address:
Technology and Firefighting: How New Technology Assisting Firefighting in Strategically and Operationally
Advances in technology are affecting all facets of human activity, and fire-fighting is no exception. Robotics and biometrics are now providing fire-fighting agencies generally, and operational commanders specifically, with new forms of equipment, information and data to support more effective and targeted strategic and operational decision-making.

Fire-fighting, both urban and rural (wildfire/bush-fire), are benefiting from these technological, fire-fighter safety in particular. Robots can gain access to areas of the fire not possible by humans for both intelligence gathering and attack purposes, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) can assist in providing enhanced situational awareness in a more timely manner for decision making, and biometrics enhances the safety of individual fire-fighters by providing information that allows operational commanders to withdraw personnel should readings indicate they are, or may be, adversely affected by the conditions in which they are operating.

This talk will provide an overview of some of the technologies now being utilized by fire-fighting agencies to improve the efficiency effectiveness of their operations.

Steve-rounded Former Senior Sergeant Steve Jenkins
Councillor / National President

Bellingen Shire Council / Australasian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES)
Awarded National Emergency Medal
10:00 How Drones Fitted with Artificial Intelligence Are Changing Humanitarian Relief and Rescue Operation

  • Drones are making an impact on disaster response, making it faster for emergency response teams to get to victims more quickly, enhancing human capability.
  • Decade old technologies are now being altered to fit on drones in an effort to take people out of harm’s way and augment emergency capability;
  • New technologies are now on their way, which will forever change emergency response – but can we trust AI to make life and death decisions?
josh-keegan-rounded Josh Keegan
CEO & DIrector
World Drone Challenge
10:45 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session

Case Study: Technology-Assisted Search & Rescue: Using Technology to Quickly Inspect Property Damage after a Major Weather Event 

  • Learn from such as communication technology, emergency management teams at the state and local level on how to embrace small robots and drones in search and rescue and damage-assessment operations, which quick and easy to transport and deploy, and can reach places dogs, human and helicopter where unable to go 
  • Roof inspection damages with drone technology (Hail)
  • Unmanned Systems for Infrastructure inspection: dam, jetty
  • ROV deployment for boat damage inspection
  • IoT for Environmental planning: Automatic weather stations, Flood warning systems, High wind speed sensors, Multi-parameters Water quality sensors, Wind-Alarms systems
Ludovic-Grosjean-rounded Ludovic Grosjean
Principal Consultant

OceanX Group
11:45 Saving Lives with Advances in Multi-Hazard Early Warning for Geophysical Disaster

  • Qualifying and communicating the uncertainty in tropical cyclone rainfall and wind risk using numerical weather prediction ensemble track forecast
  • Discovering & in-depth insight into the state of art in early warning system designing
  • Sharing the experience on how a reliable early warning system can help mitigate natural disaster risk and improve communication efficiency
Bapon-rounded Bapon Fakhruddin, PhD
DDR and Climate Resilience Specialist
Tonkin & Taylor
Awarded Best Poster Award “Decision Support System for Flood Risk Management”
12:30 Networking Luncheon
Learning Lessons from Disaster Relief Efforts
13:30 Data Science Support for Natural Hazard Mitigation and Response
blank_female-rounded Carolyn Hutson
Research Statistician, Data61
14:15 Lessons Learned in 100 years of Preparing, Responding and Recovering for Cyclones in Mackay North Queensland
Bruce-Latest-rounded Bruce McNab
Superintendent, District Officer
Queensland Police Service
14:45 Case Study: Lesson Learnt from Disaster Relief and Resilience at Northern Queensland

Communities are increasingly complex, and so are the challenges they face. Over the last decade, northern Queensland communities have experienced a range of natural disasters – human, environmental, economic. During this period Centacare North Queensland, as a regional community agency, has been ‘left’ stage ready to engage in recovery and resilience activities once the main show has left town, usually many years after the event.

This session will be an exploration of some of those disasters, Centacare North Queensland
contributions during the recovery and resilience stages, what worked, and experiential tips from those on the front lines building community functionality long after the event is shifted into long term memory.

Peter-Monag-rounded Peter Monaghan
Executive Director
Centacare North Queensland
15:30  Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
How to Communicate During a Disaster

Dealing with False News during Major Disaster: The Impact of Social Media Communication in Emergencies & Disasters

  • The impact of new ICT (Information and communication technologies) in disaster reporting and response
  • The role of social media in disaster mitigation, response, recovery and resilience
  • Fake news and disaster myths
Rod-Young-rounded Rod Young
Emergency Management Manager

Lesson Learnt from Cyclone Debbie
ASSIST. ENGAGE. INFORM Community Disaster Resilience Techniques

  • Assisting vulnerable sectors
  • Engaging with Emergency services
  • Communicating your community to increase their resilience
Wayne-Preedy-rounded Wayne Preedy ESM
Team Manager Emergency Management
Townsville City Council
Awarded Emergency Services Medal & National Emergency Medal (by former PM Julia Gillard)

Panel Discussion: What Happens When Telecommunication Failed During a Disaster?

  • Uncover the repercussions of limited communication during disaster happens such as outages
  • Develop communication strategies such as incident command system (ICS) to manage response operation and coordination with partners internal/external communication
  • Identify communication problems to align strategy and activities in emergency management organization (EMO) and practices for broader preparedness, response, communication and recovery
  • Case studies to be discussed
Douglas-rounded Douglas Brown
Bushfire Architecture: Research and Consulting
Bapon-rounded Bapon Fakhruddin, PhD
DDR and Climate Resilience Specialist
Tonkin & Taylor
Best Poster Award “Decision Support System for Flood Risk Management”
Rod-Young-rounded Rod Young
Emergency Management Manager
Bruce McNab
Superintendent, District Officer
Queensland Police Service
17:30 Q&A Session & Closing Remark by Conference Chairperson
17:40 End of Day with Cocktail Reception
After a long day of learning, benchmarking, and planning, unwind and mingle with your peers



Time Agenda
Disaster Preparedness & Response Framework During a Crisis
09:00 Highlights on Conference Day-2 Key Sessions by Chairperson
Douglas-rounded Douglas Brown
Bushfire Architecture: Research and Consulting
Opening Keynote Address:
The City of Casey’s Case Study: Discover the Community Emergency Plan 2017 – 2021

  • The challenges and issues to community resilience
  • The environmental and social factors impacting on resilience
  • Guiding principles and strategic direction
Sam-rounded Cr Sam Aziz
Mayor Emeritus

City of Casey
09:45 Keynote Address:
Overview Disaster Mitigation, Emergency Response and Recovery: A Framework Strategy Planning, Sustainability Development and Infrastructure   

  • Provides an overview of the various types of disasters that may occur, the myriad of actors that are involved in emergency management, and the framework from which post-disaster activities may be approached
  • Examine typical challenges to be expected during response efforts along with tools and techniques to enhance the ability to protect lives, reduce property damage and minimize disruption
Scott-rounded Scott Milne
President – Oceania / Global Professional Standards Director
International Association of Emergency Managers
10:30 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:45 Integrating Climate Change Adaption into Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Highlight the consensus about risks and vulnerabilities associated with climate change or global warming
  • Understand and anticipate the adverse efforts of climate change and appropriate action to prevent or minimise the damage
  • Increase the capacities of communities to respond to climate consequences, strengthening disaster events such as flood, bushfires through soft and hard approaches (such as raising the level of dykes, tree species and forestry practices less vulnerable to storm and fires)
Pernille-Christensen-rounded Dr Pernille H. Christensen
Senior Lecturer / Course Director
School of the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney

Case Study: Saving Deaf People in Natural Disaster and Emergency Preparedness and Resilience

  • Discover the effective way to provide disaster prevention and safety to the Deaf community
  • Understand the unique issues facing the deaf, hard of hearing and dead/blind communities when it comes to emergencies and disasters
  • Gain insights great urgency that surrounds the need to response to the Deaf community’s concern in all phases of emergency management, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, better effective communication.
Brent-Phillips-rounded Brent Phillips
Director of Language, Partnership and Innovation
Vicdeaf, Victoria State Government
12:15 What Do Hospitals Do During Earthquakes, Bushfires and Floods: Evacuating Lives of Patients

  • Identify the progress and challenges of disaster health management
  • How to evoke a fast and efficient emergency management response within the health service
  • Discuss the role of healthcare supply chain management in disaster mitigation and management
Sven-rounded Sven Nilsson
Disaster Manager
NSW Health; Sydney Local Health District
13:00 Networking Luncheon
13:45 Case Study: Bushfire Behavior Modelling: Fire Safety Management of Vulnerable Persons in Business Prone Areas

  • Describe an evidence-based approach for determining appropriate procedures for managing the fire safety management
  • Explore the approach utilizes a risk matrix approach whereby the initial risk is a function of Building Vulnerability and the Client Vulnerability
  • How these vulnerabilities are determined and the associated risk matrix to reduce the risk to an acceptable level
Hank-Van-rounded Hank Van Ravenstein
Principal Advisor, Building Compliance
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
Improving Community Resilience, Psycho-Social Recovery and Volunteering Efforts
14:30 Untold Stories of Real Life Australian and New Zealand

  • How I maintain resilience before – During – After major emergencies and disasters as an Incident Controller/Regional Controller
  • Preparation and training: Remembering prior lessons learned / preparing yourself to be agile and adaptive / golden rules
  • The aftermath of an emergency/disaster. Dealing with media scrutiny and inquiries. Remaining resilient in your personal and professional life
  • Moving on after and using the lessons to make you a better coordinator, controller and commander (and person). Finding the new ‘normal’ if life
Stewart-rounded Steward Kreltszheim
Operations Manager / Officer in Charge
CFA District 23 / Hume Region – Fire and Emergency Management
15:15 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session

Improving the Retention and Engagement of Volunteers in Emergency Service Agencies

  • Discover the insights on how Brisbane City SES Unit of approximately 500 volunteers, across 10 units that look after a population in access 1 million Brisbane residents
  • Learn from other volunteer agencies that had addresses into these challenges included: Qld Rural Fire Service, Surf Life Saving Qld, Red Cross
  • Volunteer Emergency Services Qld, Victorian SES, and Tasmanian SES etc
Wade-Harrson-rounded Wade Harrison
Director / Patrol Captain
RED (Resilience, Emergency, Disaster) / Surf Life Saving Queensland
Awarded National Medal, Emergency Services of Australia Government
16:15 Panel Discussion:
Supporting the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Recovery of Babies, Young Children and Families Impacted by Natural Disasters

  • Highlight the influence of family and friends, social network and community groups, and the natural environment on resilience and recovery
  • Discuss how do parents support their children after high impact disaster
    Effective coping involves accurate appraisals of the event itself, the implications for one’s well-being, and the availability of one’s capacity for dealing with
Douglas-rounded Douglas Brown
Bushfire Architecture: Research and Consulting
Stewart-rounded Steward Kreltszheim
Operations Manager / Officer in Charge
CFA District 23 / Hume Region – Fire and Emergency Management

Wade-Harrson-rounded Wade Harrison
Director / Patrol Captain
RED (Resilience, Emergency, Disaster) / Surf Life Saving Queensland
Awarded National Medal, Emergency Services of Australia Government
 17:00 Q&A Session & Closing Remark by Conference Chairperson