Supporting communities through crisis

VCOSS-MAV Emergency Management Forum

Almost one in five Australians has some form of disability, and 35.9 per cent of Australian households include a person with disability. Despite this, Australia has no national strategy for disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. Many disability advocates are calling for the development of a policy that emphasises the inclusion of people with disability and disability stakeholder organisations in its planning.

With the NDIS to be fully rolled out in Victoria alone on 1 July, it is critical that emergency planning and preparedness be considered a high priority for Australians with a disability.

While there’s yet to be a national strategy, there is plenty of work underway to better meet the needs of people with a disability in emergencies.

On 23 July, at the VCOSS-MAV Emergency Management Forum, you will hear from disability service providers who plan and prepare for emergencies with and for their clients; Councils that are working in partnership with local disability service providers to ensure improved emergency planning; and from carer advocates about the experiences of people with a disability and their carers during the 2019 Gippsland bushfires. Speakers include:

  • Melba Support Services – Emergency planning for clients with a dis ability
  • Yarra Ranges Council and the City of Greater Bendigo – Keeping it real – Local Government and community partnerships in an emergency context
  • Gippsland Disability Advocacy – Carers and caring for people with a disability in emergencies

These presentations build on previous VCOSS-MAV Emergency Management Forums that have showcased a range of other local and national approaches to better meeting the needs of people with a disability in emergencies, including:

We know that people with physical disabilities who have experienced disaster events can make a valuable contribution when included in disaster planning and response activities as well as through education of their peers.

Key to the success of the policies and programs highlighted through the Forums has been including people with a disability and the organisations that support them in all phases of planning and delivery.


NAB The Hall

Level 3, 700 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Time & Date

July 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am - July 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Additional Info

The cost of this event is: $55

This event has been organised by: