Get Involved

Register to attend the APMCDRR:

  • International registration applies to anyone living outside of Australia, while domestic registration applies to anyone living inside of Australia.
  • Media registration portal is the same for domestic and international journalists.
  • For international applicants, please note that approval of conference registration does not automatically result in the issuance of visa to Australia. The visa application process is separate and is managed by the Australian Government.

Conference Opportunities:

How can we make a change and accelerate to risk informed development?
How can we enable local and inclusive disaster resilience?

It starts here at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR).

Apply by 15 March to host, organize, or take part in a number of  opportunities: 

Partner Events 

Engage with participants in a meaningful, purposeful discussion about inspiring change to reduce risk to disasters. Have a topic or session that you would like to host? 

Your event should focus on topics that link to the 2020 theme - Making a change: Accelerating the transformation to risk-informed development. Enabling local and inclusive disaster resilience. These events are 60 minutes and run parallel to the main sessions of the conference.

As there are limited slots for Partner Events, you may be requested to merge your proposed event with other organisations to enable maximum content coverage. For more details, please review the concept note.  

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020. Apply here.

Learning Labs

Do you have a capability that you would like to share? The Learning Lab is a dedicated space to actively share good practices and to learn from each other on innovative approaches for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The labs will facilitate small groups of peer-to-peer learning in a low pressure environment.  For more details, please review the concept note

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020. Apply here.

The Ignite Stage

Want to share your project, initiative or discuss a disaster risk reduction idea? The Ignite Stage provides a platform to engage, inspire change, share and learn so we can all accelerate disaster risk reduction and build greater resilience. These talks are 15 minutes using the presenting mode of your preference. For more details, please review the concept note.  

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020. Apply here.

Exhibit in the Marketplace

Attracting more than 3,000 delegates from over 40 countries, the APMCDRR is the largest gathering in the Asia-Pacific to progress disaster risk reduction efforts. Showcase your organisation’s experience in disaster risk reduction and connect directly to participants. For more details, please review this concept note.  

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020. Apply here.

Launch pad

The 2020 APMCDRR is a great platform to launch your initiative, product or publication.  
Contact to discuss this opportunity.

Come on a field trip

The Queensland Government will host a series of field visits that offer you a firsthand look at disaster risk reduction practices in Queensland. Register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.

Field visit 1: Experience parts of Queensland through the eyes of Brisbane’s traditional owners

Discover the oldest living culture known in the world and unlock the stories that take you beyond any society known to man. There are more than 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia spanning capital cities, remote islands and the outback, and all with their own languages.

Participants will be taken to Mt Coot-Tha Forest, which is Brisbane’s largest natural area featuring 1600 hectares of eucalypt forest, rainforest gullies and creek lines. Explore the Rock Art at the base of the mountain before heading to the highest points of Brisbane to explore the region through Aboriginal eyes at Mt Coot-Tha Summit.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 2: Queensland Disaster Management Research Forum

The Queensland Disaster Management Research Framework was established by the Queensland Government in 2017 to support greater collaboration and knowledge exchange between the research and disaster resilience sectors. The inaugural Queensland Disaster Management Research Forum will be held at the Queensland State Library, a short walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

The theme for the forum is local issues, local research and local solutions. Queensland has a highly variable climate, experiencing natural disasters across the state, including bushfires, flooding, tropical cyclones and severe storms. How do we use research and practice together to help tackle these challenges and opportunities? The Forum will provide a space for disaster resilience practitioners and researchers to meet, share ideas and discuss future improvements about how we can strengthen links between the research sector and disaster risk reduction policy.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 3: Coastal hazard adaptation on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a leading tourism, business and events city that stretches 57 kilometres of coastline, just an hour’s drive from the Brisbane CBD. Its beautiful beaches and growing population are at risk of a range of coastal hazards including storm tide, coastal erosion and tsunami. By the year 2100, sea levels are predicted to rise in the area by 80 centimetres, with potential impacts to the functionality and durability of essential public assets (water supply network, storm water assets, roads, footpaths and cycle paths) which contribute to the city’s liveability.

Participants will learn about emergency management operations specific to local coastal hazards, including viewing wave and tide monitoring devices used extensively during storm and cyclone events. Sky views of the Gold Coast beaches and waterways, and surrounding infrastructure will provide an understanding of local risks and discussion about how resilience initiatives such as the Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategies and the Tsunami Guide for Queensland are helping communities prepare for both current and future risk.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 4: Bushfire Management on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

Minjerribah is home to the Nunukul, Nughi and Goenpul clans of the Quandamooka people, who have cared for and managed the land for tens of thousands of years. The island is a popular tourist destination and boasts sandy beaches and native flora and fauna. In January 2014, a fire on Minjerribah led to a mass evacuation of the island and impacted 70 per cent of the island’s bushland. Since then the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation has worked with a range of state and local stakeholders to improve bushfire management on the island by understanding and recognising cultural heritage and using traditional knowledge and methods in combination with modern disaster mitigation strategies. These efforts combined are improving community safety as well as helping to restore the traditional and natural landscape and protect cultural heritage.

Explore parts of the island where traditional bushfire and land management practices have protected the environment for thousands of years. Discover how these practices changed following European settlement and the steps now being taken to recognise the benefits of traditional bushfire management strategies for the local communities and environment, while also protecting cultural heritage.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 5: Disaster risk information supporting economic sustainability of Queensland farms

Queensland experiences some of the highest rainfall variability in the world, with parts of the state currently facing the most severe drought on the public record. Farmers are typically experiencing longer dry periods, combined with heavier wet periods, which has serious financial impacts on businesses and local economies. Climate scientists, government and non-government agencies, producers and industry leaders are working together on cutting-edge research projects and partnerships to help farmers manage financial risks through better informed business decisions during times of climate variability.

Participants will visit the Gatton Research Facility to learn about vegetable, pasture and grains research being used to improve production quantity and quality of crops and to reduce disease. This will be followed by a visit to a local horticulture enterprise to see how farmers are adapting their practices to strengthen their resilience to a range of natural hazards including heatwave, fire, drought, storms and flood. A visit to the Boggo Road Science Precinct will provide an opportunity to learn about Queensland’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program, which is informing farmers on ways to manage financial risks with decision-making around droughts and climate variability through improved forecast products and tools.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 6: Integrated catchment management of Brisbane River floodplain

The Brisbane River has the highest potential flood damages of any floodplain in Australia, which was demonstrated during the floods that occurred in January 2011. This event was the catalyst for change in how Queensland plans and prepares for floods. Since that time, an integrated catchment planning approach has been undertaken across the region in collaboration with state and local stakeholders, under the recognition that floods don’t respect government boundaries and greater coordination and planning is required across jurisdictions and disciplines to keep communities safe.

Travel along the Brisbane River Catchment to learn about a range of initiatives underway to strengthen flood mitigation and to enhance biodiversity, water quality, weed management and waste assimilation. Look at work happening through the Building Catchment Resilience Project that is piloting world-leading investment prioritisation models and tools that will guide investment in the upper parts of the catchment and generate benefits downstream. A visit to a major water facility, which provides South East Queensland with 50 per cent of its water supply, will provide an opportunity to learn about projects with private landholders that are helping to improve the condition of their land and water quality across the region. As the tour makes its way back down the catchment, guides will discuss the impacts felt during the 2011 floods and various projects and partnerships that have formed to reduce the cost of future floods and improve community safety.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 7: Building back better a tourism hotspot

Binna Burra Lodge is located in Lamington National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. In 2019 it was gutted by bushfires which raged across the Scenic Rim region. Annually, Binna Burra Lodge including its camp site and Sky Lodges accommodates up to 30,000 overnight guests and is a well-known and much-loved place to visit for holidays, educational school camps, outdoor activities, weddings and celebrations.

The bushfires destabilised trees and the rock face in and around the Binna Burra facility, which required significant reconstruction and restoration. Such was the importance of this tourism icon to the community and local economy, a cross-agency Recovery Taskforce was established to coordinate efforts to respond to the disaster and rebuild lost and damaged facilities including the main access road.

Gain insight into the impact the fire had on the local environment, road infrastructure and facilities supporting this heritage listed tourism hotspot. Learn from the experiences of the local community, the reconstruction and restoration efforts of the Binna Burra Lodge and surrounds, as well as strategies employed to support local businesses and keep local people employed throughout the recovery process. This field visit will be of particular interest to specialists in the areas of community, infrastructure, economy and the environment. Additional nearby roads will be visited that were impacted by catastrophic floods in 2017 to learn more about approaches to restoration or roads across different hazards.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Field visit 8: Emergency Services and Disaster Risk Reduction Expo

Effective disaster management requires strong cooperation, coordination and shared responsibility across local, district, state and national jurisdictions.

The expo will feature a range of interactive and engaging displays at the Emergency Services Complex, Kedron. It will promote Queensland’s emergency services and response capability across a range of organisations involved in disaster preparedness and response across state agencies, emergency services, Australian Defence Force, non-government and community organisations. A range of displays will be on show, featuring technical and deployable equipment and simulations. Journey through spaces in your own time as well as to opt in to guided tours.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to view Australia’s most utilised State Disaster Coordination Centre and gain insight into operations for different scale events. The State Disaster Coordination Centre is used to support the coordination of state level operational responses during a disaster and ensures information about an event and associated disaster operations is effectively communicated.

Please register your interest by 15 March 2020, as spaces are limited.   

Stay in touch

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