Early Bird Rates Closing Soon for 2017!

Back for it’s 6th consecutive year, the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference (ANZDMC) will return to Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast from 22 – 23 May. 

This year we will have delegates attending from South East Asia and further afield, over 100 speakers and poster presenters addressing topics on current and emerging practice, covering a diverse range of themes and issues that are very relevant to emergency and disaster management professionals.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Mr Rod Young, National Emergency Response Manager, Telstra
  • Mr John Yates QPM, Director of Security – Scentre Group, Australia and New Zealand, Westfield Corporation – US, UK & Europe
  • Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service
  • Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross
  • Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society
  • Dr Paul Barnes, Head, Risk & Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Associate Professor Peter Aitken, Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health

Discounts are available to groups and those attending both the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference and the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference, which will run consecutively at the same venue. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY 10 APRIL 2017!

Who Should Attend the Conference?

  • State Emergency Services
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • SES/Volunteer Organisations
  • Red Cross
  • Defence Force
  • University/ Educational Institutes/ Researchers/ Academics
  • Policymakers/ Government/ Local Government/ Councils
  • Emergency Services Managers
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Health Services
  • Asset Managers/ Business Consultants
  • Planners/ Risk Assessors
  • Facility Managers (Aged Care, Hospitals)
  • Insurers/ Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure/ Equipment Providers

We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2017 and we hope to see you there. If you would like further information on the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit www.anzdmc.com.au.

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2017 Program Now Available!

The much anticipated wait is over, with the launch of the 2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference Program!

With over 90 presenters confirmed on the program this is yet another exceptional event not to be missed.

Now into its sixth year, the ANZDMC continues to grow in both size and reputation and this conference has evolved into the premium event of its type, facilitating professional development and the exchange of current ideas and practices between emergency and disaster management practitioners from Australia and New Zealand and further afield.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Mr Rod Young, National Emergency Response Manager, Telstra
  • Mr John Yates QPM, Director of Security – Scentre Group, Australia and New Zealand, Westfield Corporation – US, UK & Europe
  • Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service
  • Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross
  • Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society
  • Dr Paul Barnes, Head, Risk & Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Associate Professor Peter Aitken, Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health

Discounts are available to groups and those attending both the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference and the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference, which will run consecutively at the same venue. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY 10 APRIL 2017!

Who Should Attend the Conference?

  • State Emergency Services
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • SES/Volunteer Organisations
  • Red Cross
  • Defence Force
  • University/ Educational Institutes/ Researchers/ Academics
  • Policymakers/ Government/ Local Government/ Councils
  • Emergency Services Managers
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Health Services
  • Asset Managers/ Business Consultants
  • Planners/ Risk Assessors
  • Facility Managers (Aged Care, Hospitals)
  • Insurers/ Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure/ Equipment Providers

We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2017 and we hope to see you there. If you would like further information on the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit www.anzdmc.com.au.

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Keynote Speakers at ANZDMC 2017

Back for it’s 6th consecutive year, the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference (ANZDMC) will return to Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast from 22 – 23 May. 

This year we will have delegates attending from South East Asia and further afield, over 100 speakers and poster presenters addressing topics on current and emerging practice, covering a diverse range of themes and issues that are very relevant to emergency and disaster management professionals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers for 2017 Include:

  • Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service

    Commissioner Ian Stewart is the 19th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service taking up this position on 1 November 2012.  Commissioner Stewart is a career Police Officer with over 40 years of service having held numerous senior positions across a broad range of portfolios within the QPS.

  • Mr Rod Young, National Emergency Response Manager, Telstra

    Rod has worked at Telstra since 1985 when he commenced as a Trainee Technical Officer and worked in various exchange maintenance roles. He transferred into the Global Operations Centre in 2005 and worked his way up to the real time, national network fault coordination/prioritisation role of Process Controller. In 2011 he was promoted to his current position.

  • Mr John Yates QPM, Director of Security – Scentre Group, Australia and New Zealand, Westfield Corporation – US, UK & Europe

    John has recently joined Westfield (November 2013) in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand &Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He also has responsibility for the corporate security requirements of the Lowy family and their private assets.

  • Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross

    Judy Slatyer joins Red Cross after seven years as global Chief Operating Officer for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), which operates in over 100 countries. In this role Judy was responsible for the operations of the Secretariat and field programme offices, for global corporate engagement and partnerships, for WWF performance measurement and for supporting the Director General on developing and implementing strategy for how WWF evolved as a Network given global trends.

  • Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria

    Kate Fitzgerald is the Director Relief and Recovery within Emergency Management Victoria (EMV). Kate is responsible for leading the Relief and Recovery Directorate to develop and deliver relief and recovery reform across the sector through the recent release of the Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery and to lead relief and recovery emergency coordination across Government.

  • Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society

    Dr Susie Burke is a psychologist at the Australian Psychological Society promoting the role that psychology can play in helping us understand the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change and other environmental threats, including disasters.

  • Dr Paul Barnes, Head, Risk & Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

    Dr Paul Barnes is Head of the Risk & Resilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra and a visiting Associate Professor at Flinders University within the Torrens Resilience Institute.

  • Associate Professor Peter Aitken, Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health

    Peter Aitken is a Queensland based Emergency Physician with a special interest in disaster medicine.

We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2017 and we hope to see you there. If you would like further information on the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit www.anzdmc.com.au.

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Commissioner Ian Stewart APM, Queensland Police Service to Keynote.

The 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference (ANZDMC) will return to Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast from 22 – 23 May. 

This year we are pleased to announce that Commissioner Ian Stewart APM, Queensland Police Service is to join us as a Keynote Speaker at the Conference.

Commissioner Ian Stewart is the 19th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service taking up this position on 1 November 2012.  Commissioner Stewart is a career Police Officer with over 40 years of service having held numerous senior positions across a broad range of portfolios within the QPS.

Commissioner Ian Stewart APM

Commissioner Stewart holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Business qualifications and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and Australian Institute of Management.  He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Leeda Program.

Commissioner Stewart is the recipient of the Australian Fulbright Professional Scholarship, Australian Police Medal, National Emergency Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Medal, Commissioner’s Award for Meritorious Service, Queensland Police Service Medal, the 2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation and the Queensland Police 150 years Citation.

Upon taking up his new position, the Commissioner set new values for the QPS.  The values are for each member to espouse:

  • Courage: always doing the right thing.
  • Fairness: making objective, evidence-based, consistent decisions and treating people with respect.
  • Pride: in ourselves, the Queensland Police Service, the work we do and the community we serve.

Commissioner Stewart’s detailed key objectives are for the QPS to:

  • Stop crime;
  • Make the community safer (including stopping road trauma); and
  • Build relationships across the community.

Commissioner Stewart has been instrumental in leading the QPS through the Renewal Program and the Police and Community Safety Review, the most significant period of reform since the Fitzgerald era.  The reforms introduced by Commissioner Stewart have empowered the QPS to redefine its service delivery model, and therefore better meet the needs of the community through a heightened emphasis on front line policing.

The Commissioner has implemented a visionary holistic program of organisational renewal for the QPS to convey an integrated service delivery model that meets community expectations and delivers value for money.

Commissioner Stewart has also been pivotal in the strategic leadership of the QPS through the security arrangements for Operation Southern Cross, the largest peacetime security operation in Australian policing history, the G20 Leaders Summit and associated Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governor’s meeting in 2014.

The QPS vision for a more outward looking and engaging organisation will result to ensure Queensland is an even safer place to live, work and do business for all.

Commissioner Stewart is married to Carol and they have three adult children.

We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2017 and we hope to see you there. If you would like further information on the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit www.anzdmc.com.au.

Police feared “civil disorder” in SA last September

Police feared “civil disorder” as rattled South Australians scrambled to stock up on essential items during the statewide blackout, documents show.

Increasingly dire messages shared between emergency services during the crisis reveal the true extent of how close SA came to chaos during the blackout last September.

As violent storms toppled pylons and plunged the entire state into a so-called “black event” at 3.48pm on September 28, messages released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal police warned of “civil disorder if fuel is not available to public”.

Authorities feared emergency vehicles would run out of fuel, banks were told to prepare to distribute cash as electronic payment systems crashed, many people struggled to access the “overloaded” 000 service, and service stations were the expected flashpoint for “civil disorder”.

Police direct traffic around Adelaide’s CBD during the statewide power blackout on September 28 last year.

The warning messages and status updates obtained by The Advertiser were sent to the South Australian State Emergency Centre, which was activated to co-ordinate the emergency response.

Within hours, dramatic messages were flooding in.

This included police warning to prepare for civil disorder as fuel supplies ran out, and a late-night attempt — abandoned until morning — to ask the banking industry to make cash reserves available for food.

As SA faced a busy work day without EFTPOS or credit card facilities, the State Government’s “recovery” expert told the State Emergency Centre: “Liaising with the banking sector about the availability of cash to communities with power outages’’.

Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire applied for the release of the documents, to better inform the public of the quality of response and the threat faced.

“This FOI has surprised me, as it indicated a significant amount of chaos and under-preparedness for a significant state disaster,” he said.

Originally Published by The Advertiser, continue reading here.

Defining Community Resilience

Dr Paul Barnes

How do you define community resilience? And how do you apply this to disaster risk reduction and emergency planning?

“While ‘community resilience’ is referred to in many post-incident reviews we do not, arguably, fully understand its key components, how to re-create it and nurture its regrowth in devastated communities.”

Join Dr Paul Barnes, Head of the Risk and Resilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as he addresses these issues at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference.

Dr Paul Barnes is also a visiting Associate Professor at Flinders University within the Torrens Resilience Institute. He was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management (CEDM) at the Queensland University of Technology and coordinated the Centre’s Infrastructure research theme.

He has wide experience in public sector roles at both the State and Federal levels. He was the inaugural Manager of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority’s (QFRA) State Community Safety Unit. During this time he chaired the National Community Education Sub-Group of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council and served on the State level working groups on critical infrastructure protection and biosecurity, as well as the Queensland whole-of-government Multi-agency Threat Assessment Team.

For more information and to register for the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit anzdmc.com.au

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