​​​2016 Resilient Australia Awards

The Resilient Australia Awards recognise and promote initiatives across the nation that support and strengthen community disaster resilience. 
Organisations that have an innovative project to make communities safer, more resilient and better prepared for disasters, are encouraged to enter.
The Resilient Australia Awards also has a photography category in which individuals and copyright holders submit a photograph depicting what disaster resilience means to them. 

The awards are an Australian Government initiative sponsored by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, in conjunction with states and territories. The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) is the Western Australian awards convener on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services.

The 2016 State Award Ceremony was held on the 4 October 2016 at the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. Finalists were invited to attend the ceremony. The Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Joe Francis MLA announced the winners.  

The 2016 winners

The winners from the Chamber of Commerce Industry WA, Bureau of Meteorology, Office of Bushfire Risk Management,​ WA Health and photographer Jason Harris with the Minister for Emergency Services Hon. Joe Francis MLA. Image courtesy of Kate Drennan Photography.

The 2016 People's Choice winning photograph - Westen Australia

The photography category was judged by a people's online voting system. The winning photo "By Sea and By Air" was taken by DFES photographer Jason Harris. This photo depicts the Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Service conducting a training exercise with the RAC Rescue helicopter on June 29 2016.

The 2016 award winners:

Resilient Australia Business Award:

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA for “Regional Business Resilience Project” (State winner)

The Regional Business Resilience project sought to increase local business community awareness of risk (specifically local hazard and risk profiles) and empower these businesses by educating them on how natural hazards may impact on their business, how to do risk assessments of local hazards, and how to create risk management procedures and action plans.

The project aimed to help business owners to better understand their role and responsibilities as individuals, employees, employers and members of the community.

​Minister Joe Francis MLA with Jennifer Low (Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA). Image courtesy of Kate Drennan Photography.

Resilient Australia Government Award:

Department of Health and Bureau of Meteorology for “Regional variation in vulnerable population to heatwave in Western Australia” project (State winner)

Heatwave has been identified as a significant risk in Western Australia, and anecdotally it is reported that deaths associated with heat are higher than all other emergencies.

This project has given Western Australia an indication of vulnerability and resilience to heatwave across a number of key population groups. In addition we now have a geographical summary of heatwave vulnerability/ resilience detailed at the local government and district emergency management level.

The results from the project will be used in the development of a heatwave pre-warning system in WA to benefit the whole community. Specific and targeted health education materials will be developed to address the response to heatwave for different communities. ​
​L-R: Tony Spicer, Prof. Tarun Weeramanthri, Dr Andy Robertson and Dr Grace Yun (Department of Health) pictured with Minister Francis. Image courtesy of Kate Drennan Photography.

​Resilient Australia Government Award:

Office of Bushfire Risk Management and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for “Guidelines for preparing a BRMP and the implementation of the bushfire risk management system (State highly commended)

The Guidelines for Preparing a Bushfire Risk Management Plan (BRMP), was released in December 2015 by OBRM, supporting a coordinated approach to the management of bushfire risk at the local government level across Western Australia to protect people, assets and other things of local value.

The Guidelines provide a foundation for the bushfire risk management planning program led by DFES, which supports 16 priority local governments to develop and implement an integrated bushfire risk management planning framework in their local area. ​
​The DFES and Office of Bushfire Risk Management teams with Minister Francis. Image courtesy of Kate Drennan Photography.