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​​Awards recognise c​​ommunity resilience and preparedness

Publication date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016​​

Nominations opened this week for two awards series that recognise community res​​ilience and preparedness for coping with natural disasters​: the Resilient Australia Awards and the NSW Get Ready Community Award.

The Resilient A​ustralia Awards​

The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program to recognise and promote initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience across the c​ountry. The NSW awards are coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management in the Department of Justice in partnership with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

Nominations are invited for disaster resilience and preparedness projects managed by individuals, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, volunteers, private business, schools, educa​tion and research bodies, industry and local, state or federal government agencies.

There are five award ca​tegories:

  • Resilient Australia Community Award
  • Resilient Australia Business Award
  • Resilient Australia Government Award
  • Resilient Au​​stralia School Award
  • Resilient Australia Photography Award (this is a people's choice award, with online voting from 13-27 June 2016)

Winners in each category are awarded in each Australia state and territory,​ and winners of the national awards are selected from the state and territory award recipients.

Nominations for the Res​ilient Australia Awards are open until 3pm on Thursday, 9 June 2016. 

Find out more about the Resilien​t Australia Awards​.

Submit a nomination ​for the Resilient Australia Awards.

If you'd​ like to make an inquiry, please email


The NSW G​​et Ready Community Award​

The NSW Get Ready Community Award recognises a local community that has worked t​ogether to strengthen the community's resilience to disasters.

The Get Ready Community Award was established in 2015 and the inaugural award winner was the Uranquinty Community Safety Group. The group developed a plan that involved the community in emergency planning and in protecting property during disasters in their town.

See a short video descr​​ibing the award-winning Uranquinty project.  

Nomina​tions for the Get Ready Community Award close on Thursday, 9 June 2016. 

Find out ​more about the NSW Get Ready Community Award

Nomina​tions can be emailed to​​


Above: the Resilient Australia Awards 2016 logo

Above: Volunteers - including Paddy Platypus - fill sandbags as part of the Uranquinty Community Safety Group program that won the inaugural NSW Get Ready Community Award in 2015.