The spotlight was placed on leading resilience initiatives at this week’s 2022 Victorian Resilient Australia Awards.
The awards recognise and promote outstanding initiatives that build whole of community resilience toward disasters and emergencies through collaboration and innovation.
This year’s winners were:
- School Award winner: Ivanhoe Primary School for ‘Where's Wally? House Points Hunting!’
- Mental Health and Wellbeing winner: Phoenix Australia for ‘Helping the helpers support others: Building local capabilities after the Victorian Black Summer Bush Fires’
- Community Award winner: The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) for the Multicultural Resilience Program
- Government Award joint winner: Safer Together for ‘Community Based Bushfire Management: A place-based approach to reducing bushfire risk in Victoria’
- Government Award joint winner: Bushfire Recovery Victoria for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Program
This year’s highly commended awards were:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing award: Life Central Services for the Aggregate Suicide Safety Assessment Tool (ASSAT) Upper Murray Project
- Community award: Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project for ‘GV Cares’
Now in its 23rd year, the awards were open to all Australians and recognise outstanding contributions in each state or territory across seven categories: business, community, government, local government, schools, mental health and wellbeing and photography.
Victorian recipients were announced at this year’s Emergency Management Conference in Melbourne by Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp.
To find out more about the winners and their initiatives, see 2022 Resilient Australia Award winners .
The awards are sponsored by the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories and managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR).
Winners from Victoria will be eligible for nomination for the National Awards which will be announced in the coming months.