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AFAC21 Theme : Balancing impact and expectations

As recent emergency events have shown, there’s an evolving extreme that is producing new challenges in terms of impact on the community, environment and economies.

The community expects the emergency management sector to stay ahead of these events but with resourcing challenges, overlapping seasons here and abroad, and the surge in reviews inquiries and recommendations, what do agencies do differently?

AFAC21 will focus on how we manage the consequences of major events and meet the expectations of the community and government. The program will explore how the sector can continue to learn and find opportunities to deliver with new and innovative approaches.

Abstract submissions are now closed.


Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 October 2021

The AFAC Conference features international keynote speakers and local emergency management leaders. After the keynote sessions the conference splits into a multi-stream format which includes the ADRC and IFE conferences.

Check out the agenda

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 October 2021

The ADRC will be part of the AFAC Conference stream and focuses on disaster risk reduction and resilience. Check the program.


Professional Development Program

Friday 8 October 2021

The Professional Development Program (PDP) offers a range of practical workshops, aimed at increasing the knowledge of participants. Check the PDP.

Institution of Fire Engineers (Australia) National Conference

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 August 2021

The IFE (Australia) National Conference will focus on the key issues facing the fire engineering community. The conference will also be a stream within the AFAC conference. Check the IFE conference.



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