Nominations open for the Resilient Australia Awards

Resili​​​​ent Australia Awards

The Resilient Australia Awards is a nation-wide program to recognise and promote initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience. Since 2000, the awards have showcased innovation and exemplary practice across Australia; celebrating achievements that might otherwise go unseen, and inspiring others to build greater disaster resilience in their own communities.

The awards program is managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), and sponsored by the Australian Government in conjunction with the states and territories. The SEMC is the Western Australian awards convenor on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services. Resilience-building is a key component of SEMC's focus on emergency management in Western Australia. 

Natural disasters are a feature of the Australian climate and landscape and are likely to continue with increasing regularity and severity. The Resilient Australia Awards reco​gnise and promote resilience-building activities which encourage excellence and innovation across all sectors of society.​ It is an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups within communities across Australia who are leading the way in making the country better prepared for disasters and emergencies. 

​Award categories

The Resilient Australia Awards is a two-tiered program. With the exception of multi-jurisdictional projects, submissions are judged in their state or territory, and jurisdictional winners considered for national awards. The categories at each tier are listed below.

Further information on the program structure and submission requirements are contained in the guidelines.

S​​​tate and territory award categ​or​​ies:​

  • ​​​​​​​Resilient Australia Business Award - Open to the private sector and business including tertiary colleges and universities.
  • Resilient Australia Community Award - Open to communities, community based or focused organisations, and non-government organisations.
  • Resilient Australia Local Government Award – open to local government and local government associations.
  • Resilient Australia Government Award - Open to state and federal government agencies. 
  • Resilient Australia School Award - Open to all public and private pre-school, primary and secondary schools only. This does not include school related projects managed by a local or state government department.
  • Resilient Australia Photography Award - People's Choice - Open to individuals and copyright holders.​

Multi-jurisdiction projects - Projects that encompass three or more states/territories may be entered directly into the Resilient Australia National Award category. Projects that encompass two states/territories may specify a ‘lead jurisdiction’ and be entered in the appropriate category in that jurisdiction.

For further information contact raa@aidr.org.au or awards@dfes.wa.gov.au. ​​

2018 Fact file


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Media releases ​

6 March 2019 - Federal media release: Nominations open for the 2019 Resilient Australia Awards

The 2017 State winners

​The 2017 Resilient Australia Awards were celebrated in November 2017 at the University Club of Western Australia. Read more on the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards page.

The Western Australian 2017 winners from the Rangelands NRM Western Australia, City of Mandurah Local Government, Department of Fire and Emergency Services with the SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards. ​​Read about the 2017 winning and finalist projects here. ​​

​The 2017 National Resilient Australia Awards were held in Sydney on 23 November 2017. The City of Mandurah was selected as a national finalist and was awarded the top prize receiving the award winning the National Award for the development of the Equi-Evac Centre Network, a planning and evacuation scheme to protect horses during times of emergency. Read more about the 2017 National award winners here.  

Read about the past ​Western Australian award winners: ​

For further information contact raa@aidr.org.au or info@semc.wa.gov.au