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Professional Development Program


The AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Professional Development Program will give you the chance to embark on engaging field trips and enlightening workshops led by industry professionals. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to get hands-on experiences and interact with peers sharing common interests.




Workshops | Wednesday, 5 September 2018

1. Planning for spontaneous volunteers clinic - SOLD OUT

This workshop will provide guidance on applying the principles to plan for spontaneous volunteers in disasters as outlined in Handbook 12 – Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers.

In these interactive clinics, participants will be provided with the skills and resources to work with and plan for spontaneous volunteers.

In addition to the lead presenter, guest presenters in each jurisdiction will provide context and information specific to the local setting. Participants will collaborate to examine the opportunities and barriers for their own organisations, and to identify how to effectively plan for and engage with spontaneous volunteers before, during and after an emergency.

9:30am – 4:00pm

AIDR 2018

2. EMSINA presents: Mapping and location technologies

Mapping and Location technologies comprise a range of disciplines which come together to provide valuable input across all hazard types. These are more commonly referred to as ‘GIS’ or ‘Geospatial’ technologies, but definitely not just about making maps. Spatial technology is at the heart of dispatching, resource allocation, warnings, pre incident planning, incident statistical reporting, fire modelling, remote sensing, plume modelling, smart devices and field intelligence – all key decision support areas in emergency management. These are reliant on the underlying principles of consistency, standards and skilled workers across jurisdictions.

Through full presentations and lightning talks, this workshop will showcase examples of the use and the growing demands of mapping and location technologies to not only support our Emergency Service sector workforce, but also our public information demands. During this professional development opportunity, you will see presentations from users and those who manage these systems in our Emergency Service Organisations from across Australia along with some of the major vendors of spatial technologies. We will hear about how their systems held up to demand in past crisis, what could have been better and what the future holds from an ever increasing need for spatial solutions. There will also be a discussion panel and briefings from the body linking all jurisdictions, the Emergency Management Spatial Information Network Australia (EMSINA).

Price: $150 + GST

9:00am – 3:00pm

Motorola Solutions 2018

3. Third National DRANZSEN Forum

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) promotes the development of knowledge, skills and understanding related to disaster resilience as a vital component of children and young people’s education. The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2011 highlights the particular importance of disaster risk-reduction education programs in schools. The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) is an AIDR national initiative, developing the ability of teachers and other educators to deliver effective, relevant and engaging disaster resilience education, in collaboration with students, colleagues, experts and other community members.

This 3rd National Forum offers a unique chance for educators, researchers and fire and emergency management practitioners to meet and learn about effective and sustainable disaster resilience education practices, be informed about current research, establish national priorities, and share knowledge and expertise. Following on from jurisdictional DRANZSEN forums held throughout the country in May and June, this national event also enables participants to identify potential opportunities for working together to implement quality disaster resilience education programs which may be adapted to suit their respective contexts. Attendees will be informed of significant findings from a major nationwide research project, evaluating the effectiveness of disaster resilience education programs in a diverse range of learning environments. Based on the findings of this research, examples of effective learning content and delivery will be presented and educators will be directed to supporting resources and guidance to implement their own successful learning programs. In addition, participants will be consulted on the AIDR education strategy document outlining the way forward for disaster resilience education in Australian schools.

Price: Free

10:15am – 4:30pm

AIDR 2018

Field Trips | Saturday, 8 September 2018

4. Bushfire mitigation in SW Western Australia

The South West region of Western Australia has an area of 23,970 km², and a population of about 170,000 people. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is a popular tourist destination, with people attracted to its fine wines and vineyards, cave formations, scenic forests, national parks, restaurants, art galleries, coastal scenery and world class surf beaches. Viticulture and wine processing are critical to the strength of the local economy.

The field trip offers important insights into the complexities of prescribed burning and other risk management activities at each of the locations visited. Participants will be provided with an overview of the bushfire mitigation and response arrangements in Western Australia. Visits to prescribed burning sites will allow detailed discussion of planning, implementation and post-burn reporting activities, and of regional challenges, including the impact of smoke on wine grapes. Examples, such as the Bushfire Ready Program in Yallingup, will highlight the achievements of local staff, volunteers and communities in progressing bushfire risk management activities in this complex, multi-tenure environment.

Inclusions: Transport, accommodation, meals (breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner)

Price: $400 + GST

Event schedule

Friday, 7 September 2018

  • 5:00pm | Depart PCEC
  • 8:00pm | Arrive at Abbey Beach Resort

Saturday, 8 September 2018

  • 8:00am | Depart Abbey Beach Resort
  • 5:00pm | Arrive at Perth Airport

5. Exercising level 3 incident controllers and incident management personnel with the use of computer and virtual reality simulation – a functional role exercise

The master class will focus on the concept of “Functional Role Exercises”. Functional role exercises allow a number of personnel from a single, AIIMS, functional role to be exercised simultaneously and provides opportunities for coaching and mentoring. They are conducted using a rotational format using specific ideas related to an incident, or general idea, briefed at the beginning of the exercise. Exercise control perform the roles of all other incident management personnel except for the functional role being exercised.

During this presentation the audience will learn how DFES have used Computer and Virtual Reality simulations to exercise specific skills, reflective of tasks performed during an actual incident, that are complex or resource hungry to simulate under other means. Skills exercised include: Providing incident appreciation, community meetings, interactive tabletop scenarios and external agency meetings. These technologies provide a fit-for-purpose experience over and above the traditional, functional and table top exercises used currently by emergency response agencies.

Through these scenarios, DFES are able to exercise the decision making processes of those involved in high level incident management.

Price: $75 + GST

Event schedule

Saturday, 8 September 2018

  • 9:00am | Depart PCEC
  • 12:30pm | Arrive at PCEC