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Connection! 2014

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14 -18 July 2014
Workshops, forums, masterclasses, expert panels.
Limited places, book now

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This interactive online resource provides research, resources and news on emergency management issues and allows users to share ideas and information.


Australian Emergency Management Institute

Disaster Resilience Education for Schools

Screenshot from the Disaster Resilience Education for Schools website

This website provides resources for teachers that are aligned to curriculum, as well as interactive games and media to engage students and improve their understanding of disaster resilience.

Community in emergency management​
4–7 February 2014

Facilitate emergency planning process
4–6 February 2014

Designing & managing exercises​
18–21 February 2014

Community in emergency management (Perth)
25–28 February 2014

Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident
3–6 March 2014

Manage recovery functions and services
11–13 March 2014

Facilitate emergency planning processes (Perth)
8–10 April 2014

Professional development

Conducting and managing evaluations
4–7 March 2014 (32962)

Leadership in crisis—beyond command and control
2–4 April 2013

To find out more, visit the Australian Emergency Management Institute page.

This website provides the key online access point for emergency management information from the Australian Government. The Minister for Justice is responsible for national emergency management and disaster resilience. The site provides information about Australian and regional emergency management, in a national security context, including content on policy formulation, national emergency operations and development of national and international capability. For more information visit our organisation page.

For information on recovery assistance following a disaster visit the Disaster Assist website.


The latest emergency management media releases:

Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Image of the front cover of the January edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.  

The latest volume of AJEM is now available. This is a special edition on children, youth and education. This edition includes research and articles that consider the vulnerability of children and younger people and explore how they can be strong contributors to collaborative and community-based solutions. Education and other initiatives can provide children and youth with growing competencies for managing problems such as disasters.

To view the journal, visit the AJEM Current Issue page.

 

  

Launch of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

Minister for Justice Michael KeenenMinister for Justice Michael Keenan has launched the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. The centre was established with a $47 million contribution over eight years from the Australian Government—a commitment that was supported by the states and territories.

The centre will conduct coordinated and interdisciplinary research, including working with communities to improve disaster resilience and reduce the human, social, economic and environmental costs from bushfires and other natural hazards. For more information visit the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC website.

 

2013 National Resilient Australia Awards

2013 Resilient Australia AwardsMinister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has presented awards to the recipients of the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards at a ceremony at the War Memorial in Canberra. The award entries showcase innovative and creative ways to prepare for emergencies and disasters and develop community resilience. Twenty projects have been recognised from 170 entries received from all states and territories. For details of award recipients visit the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards page.

 

Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM)

SCPEM comprises Australian and New Zealand ministers for police and emergency management together with a representative from the Australian Local Government Association. Following their meeting in the Northern Territory on 7 and 8 November 2013, SCPEM released a communiqué which referenced a range of national emergency management matters. You will find all the details in the communiqué.

image of From Left to Right: John Hamilton (New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management), the Hon David Southwick MP (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Vic), the Hon Michel O’Brien MP (Minister for Police & Minister for Emergency Services SA), the Hon Michael Keenan MP (Minister for Justice), the Hon Adam Giles MLA (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services NT), the Hon Jack Dempsey MP (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services’ Qld), the Hon Simon Corbell MLA (Minister for Police and Emergency Services ACT), Councillor Gregory Belz (Australian Local Government Association)From Left to Right: John Hamilton (New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management), the Hon David Southwick MP (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Vic), the Hon Michel O’Brien MP (Minister for Police & Minister for Emergency Services SA), the Hon Michael Keenan MP (Minister for Justice), the Hon Adam Giles MLA (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services NT), the Hon Jack Dempsey MP (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services’ Qld), the Hon Simon Corbell MLA (Minister for Police and Emergency Services ACT), Councillor Gregory Belz (Australian Local Government Association).

 

 

Front cover of the Community Engagement Framework handbook

NEW—National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework

Ministers approved the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework at the Standing Council of Police and Emergency Management meeting 4–5 July 2013.

Designed specifically for the emergency management sector, the framework offers a practical approach to community engagement—placing community at the centre of the process. It is available for download as Handbook 6 of the Australian Emergency Management Handbook Series from this website.

 

Cover of Communicationg with people with disability handbook

Communicating with people with disability—National guidelines for emergency management

These guidelines have been designed to support emergency managers to better understand the varied communication needs of people with disability. A quick guide has also been developed that can help emergency managers identify ways to address the communication needs of community members. More information can be found on the Communicating with People with Disability: National Guidelines for Emergency Managers page.

 

 

Award for Pictorial community safety action guides

The Australian Emergency Management Institute has been awarded the 2013 Emergency Management Resilience Award for its Pictorial community safety action guides. The award was presented on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Australasia 10th annual conference and exhibition in Adelaide.

Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub launched

Phase Three of the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub has been launched by the Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management. The Knowledge Hub provides information and an evidence-base to help Australians plan and better prepare for disasters. For more information visit the Knowledge Hub.

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

In February 2011 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) adopted the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. This strategy provides guidance on building disaster resilient communities across Australia. To access the strategy, visit the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience page.Disaster Watch phone app

DisasterWatch phone app

The Attorney-General’s Department supports the free DisasterWatch phone app providing news and information about disaster events in Australia. Since its launch, more than 29,000 downloads have been recorded. To access details on the app, visit the DisasterWatch phone app page.

Triple Zero (000)

Knowing how to call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency can be the difference between life and death. The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact police, fire or ambulance services in life threatening or emergency situations. Calls to Triple Zero (000) are free and can be made from mobile, home, payphone and work phones. For more information, visit the Triple Zero (000) page.

 

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One week = four Connection! opportunities … choose one or choose them all

Connection! week is an opportunity to connect to the future, connect with community and connect with the private and public sectors. AEMI is offering a week of workshops, forums, master classes, and expert panels, with four separate events.

1. Strategic Foresight Forum and Masterclass

How are organisations connecting future challenges with current strategies? In what ways are they shaping the future?

On day one, the forum will present a range of different approaches and examine the value of exploring future possibilities to build more robust organisations and systems. The forum will then lead into the masterclass on day two that will examine strategic foresight.

Strategic foresight is an approach which explicitly aims to disrupt the thought patterns that frame people’s current worldview and inhibit the ability to foresee and adapt. Strategic foresight enables you to distil the capabilities required to meet future challenges and design a strategy that is fit for purpose. Mike McAllum and Liam Egerton will lead you through the strategic foresight process and applications in a practical, interactive environment.

The presenters for the Strategic Foresight Forum and Masterclass include:

  • Mr Mark Crosweller, AFSM, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia
  • Col. Joseph Booth, Executive Director, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Louisiana, USA
  • Dr Peter Hayward, Program Coordinator, Master of Management (Strategic Foresight), Swinburne University
  • Mr David Parsons, Manager, Emergency Management, Sydney Water
  • Ms Lisa-Ann Howgego, Director, Office of the Secretary, Department of Defence
  • Mr Liam Egerton, Future Analyst, Global Foresight Network
  • Mr Michael McAllum, Founder, Global Foresight Network

Start: 9.30am Monday 14 July – includes dinner and speaker
Finish: 4.30pm Tuesday 15 July
Price: $1250*

2. ConnectEM2 – Social Media Masterclass

 How social media savvy experts explore social channels and connect with operational users in the emergency management sector. The presenters include:

  • Mr Mark Crosweller, AFSM, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia
  • Mr Craig Thomler, Managing Director, Delib Australia
  • Ms Kym Charlton, Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Agriculture
  • Ms Mia Garlick, Head of Policy, Australia and New Zealand, Facebook
  • Ms Jeanette Gray, Regional Director, Strategic Accounts, Asia Pacific Region, Hootsuite
  • Mr Danny Keens, Director of Media, Twitter
  • Mr Tim Gerritsen, Executive Producer, ABC

Dr Patrick Meier, Director, Social Innovation, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar (Skype)
Start: 6pm Tuesday 15 July, includes dinner & speaker
Finish: 5pm Wednesday 16 July
Price: $600*, or book for both the ConnectEM2 Masterclass and Forum for $1000*

3. ConnectEM2 - Social Media Forum

This forum looks at understanding and validating data–to ensure the exchange of information is timely and incorporated into business as usual. It will explore emerging themes and issues in the use of social media (and mainstream media) in disaster events, new tools and technologies, legal and security concerns.

The presenters include:

  • Mr Craig Thomler, Managing Director, Delib Australia
  • Mr Darren Whitelaw, Assistant Director, Strategic Communication and Protocol Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria
  • Mr Danny Keens, Director of Media, Twitter
  • Ms Caroline Milligan, Social Media and Emergency Management Consultant, NZ
  • Mr Martin Anderson, Digital Media Manager, Country Fire Authority, Victoria
  • Mr Michael Turnley, National Manager, Digital Media, Australia Red Cross
  • Mr Jason Pemberton, Co-Founder, General Manager, Volunteer Army Foundation, New Zealand
  • Ms Melanie Irons, – Founder of the ‘Tassie Fires – We can help’ Facebook page.
  • Mr Tim Gerristen, Executive Producer, ABC
  • Mr Matt Moran, Political Correspondent, Channel 10
  • Mr Peter Williams, Chief Edge Officer, Centre for the Edge, Deloitte, Australia

Start: 6pm Wednesday 16 July, includes dinner and speaker
Finish: 4pm Thursday 17 July
Price: $600*, or book for both the ConnectEM2 Masterclass and Forum for $1000*

4. Facilitating excellence

AEMI is offering a masterclass in facilitation and training techniques.

  • Get the best out of yourself and your learners
  • Practical techniques to facilitate change in formal and informal settings
  • Connect with your colleagues, committees, students and hierarchies.

More information to follow

Start: 6pm Thursday 17 July, includes dinner and speaker
Finish: 4pm Friday 18 July
Attendance by invitation – register your interest at aemi@ag.gov.au

Who should attend Connection!?

Practitioners in the emergency management sector interested in connecting with leading national and international thinkers on forecasting, policy making, social media trends, emerging issues in emergency management, crisis leadership, communication and knowledge management.

Registration: Limited places, so choose your Connection! package and book now.
*Price includes: on-site overnight accommodation, dinner with keynote speakers, other meals, dedicated Connection! bus transit between Melbourne Airport and the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI), Connection! workshop pack.

Connection! venue: Australian Emergency Management Institute
(Emergency Management Australia – Attorney-General's Department)
601 Mount Macedon Rd, MOUNT MACEDON VIC 3441
Call: 03 5421 5100
Email : aemi@ag.gov.au

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 10/01/2014 12:00 AM

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