​Highly commended


  • State government


Department for Child Protection and Family Support; Adventist Development and Relief Agency; Volunteering WA; Salvation Army and Australia Red Cross – State Welfare Community Joint Communication and Collaboration Exercise Training (SWEET)


The 'SWEET' project was the development and delivery of a comprehensive multi agency/community training package that increased awareness, community resilience and capacity of agencies at the local level to deal with the welfare aspects of a significant emergency. The SWEET training package was developed with funding assistance from the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

A comprehensive written exercise package was developed – providing an "off the shelf" resource that can be used in full or in selected parts to conduct scenario based welfare field exercises in local areas. Through the program, key community groups and local and state agencies develop a shared understanding of their various roles in providing welfare support services following a significant emergency.

Local networks and interagency relationships have been further developed and enhanced, which ensures a more cohesive and coordinated response when required, with agencies feeling more resilient, skilled and confident in the ability to respond to their local community needs appropriately.

​Minister Francis (far right) presenting the Highly Commended award for the SWEET training program. L-R: Mara Bosanovic, Kim Dean, Suzanna Cuplovic, Joanne Bennett, Anna Huxtable, Ben Day

Photograph: Kate Drennan Photography


Department of Fire and Emergency Services - Bushfire Ready Program


The Bushfire Ready program facilitates development of community resilience by supporting residents to understand their bushfire risk, work together at a local level and take responsibility for their own fire safety through property preparedness.

In the State Emergency Management Committee's review of the Parkerville Stoneville Mount Helena Bushfires (June 2014) the program is described in terms of community engagement approaches, as 'offering a far stronger mechanism to achieve the desired behaviour change and level of preparedness by drawing on volunteer community facilitators'.

The review highlighted the fact that DFES, the Shire of Mundaring and its bushfire volunteers (including 13 Bushfire Ready facilitators) made significant efforts to assist residents to recognise bushfire risk and to act accordingly.

​Minister Francis (centre) presenting the Highly Commended award for the Bushfire Ready Program. Roger Joyner and Rachael Parkes

Photograph: Kate Drennan Photography


  • Local government


City of Bunbury – 'Are U ready 4 72 hours' (U-4-72)


U-4-72 aimed to “switch people on” to the reality that they may have to rely on themselves for up to 72 hours (3 days) in the event of a major disaster or emergency. It has encouraged people to take responsibility for their own preparedness and take real steps to be prepared, regardless of the hazard.

By building self-responsibility and resilience to all hazards, the U-4-72 Project has prepared people for worst-case scenarios, where these environmental risks become reality.

People are now aware that non-routine emergency events do occur (Bunbury 2005, 2008, 2012) and that simple preparation and planning can assist to keep them, their family, friends and neighbours safe without reliance on other agencies. ​

​John Kowal from City of Bunbury accepting the Highly Commended award for 'R U Ready for 72 hours' from Minister Francis (right)

Photograph: Kate Drennan Photography