Submissions for the Resilient Australia Awards are now open

5 April 2022

Have you been inspired by an initiative that helps communities better prepare for, and respond to, disasters and emergencies? Consider nominating them for this year’s Resilient Australia Awards.

The Resilient Australia Awards is a nationwide program to recognise and promote outstanding initiatives which contribute to building safer and more resilient communities.

The awards recognise outstanding achievements across seven categories: business, community, government, local government, schools, mental health and wellbeing and photography.

The awards are open to all Victorian individuals, communities/groups and organisations. Past projects have been centred around risk assessment and mitigation, mental health and wellbeing, education, training and research, and community engagement, as well as response and recovery.  

See last year’s Victorian winners  (External link)on the Resilient Australia Awards website, including:

  • Government Award winner: Resilient Rochester Project, a collaboration between the Rochester community, Campaspe Shire Council, Victoria State Emergency Service and North Central Catchment Management Authority.
  • Community Award winner: ‘Journey of Hope’ by Save the Children
  • Photography Award winner (people’s choice): ‘Just Another Monday Night’ by Jacqueline Quaine

The winners provide some inspiring examples of resilience in Victorian communities, with one project supporting locals to prepare for floods and another which helps children to build resilience and process their worries after a disaster.

Applications will be judged at state and territory level, with winners advancing to become finalists for the national awards.

Submissions are now open, and close on 6 June 2022.

To find out more, including how to enter, visit the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience  (External link) website.