Emergencies over the last six months have shown again that learning lessons, planning and communicating effectively during emergencies is critical to the preservation of life, property and communities. Whatever the outcomes, it is vital that the emergency management sector continually reviews and assesses its effectiveness. What worked well, and what didn’t quite hit the mark? What did we learn, and how can we all respond and engage even better in the future?

Program at a glance:

Day 1 Overview – Tues 6th October 2020


10 years of EM Reform in Victoria – IGEM Review

Psychological support during emergencies

Victorian Fire Services reform



Wildlife recovery

Local Government hazard management

Claire Zara Memorial Oration

Leaders’ Panels

Conference Cocktails

Conference Dinner


Day 2 Overview – Wed 7th October 2020


COVID-19, various perspectives

Christchurch Mosque attacks

Workplace mental health

Heat health

Smoke / air quality panel


Aerial Road Crash Rescue

Training and development

ESF Scholarships

Diversity Workshop


Full program will be available soon.


Dr Anne Eyre

Trauma Training, Coventry, UK

Tony Pearce

Inspector-General for Emergency Management, Victoria

Hon. Lianne Dalziel

Mayor of Christchurch, NZ

Additional Speakers

Dr Brett Sutton, Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government  |  Andrew Crisp, Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria  |  Ken Block, Commissioner, Fire Rescue Victoria  Dr Justin Ready, Criminologist, Griffith University |  Deb Abbott, Deputy Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria  |  Stephanie Rotarangi, Deputy Chief Officer, Country Fire Authority  |  Justin Dunlop, Ambulance Victoria  |  Steve Burgess, Kinglake Ranges, Victoria  |  Professor David Forbes, Director, Phoenix Australia  |  Mike Ray, Ambulance Victoria  |  Faye Bendrups, Victoria State Emergency Service  |  Jacinta Elliott, City of WhittleseaJacinta