A key component of the National Volunteering Conference 2018 will be a specific stream on emergency management. While this is different from the earlier stand-alone events, we will again be taking the opportunity to focus on current challenges and future opportunities for the emergency management volunteer sector, with a particular focus on the way ahead. In addition, it will provide a great opportunity for attendees to engage in sessions across a breadth of volunteering issues, and will allow people from a diverse range of backgrounds with the opportunity to contribute to broad emergency management discussions.
Setting the agenda for the emergency management stream will be Judy Esmond’s research on volunteering in emergency management, which follows directly on from her previous work and explores the same key themes. It is quite unique in providing an accurate snapshot of the development of our sector over the last five years.
Other areas of focus will include;
• progress on the 2011 Summit outcomes, and
• Presentations from both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and AIDR.
There will also be presentations of interest from the non-emergency sector as well. Program details will be provided shortly.
The Department of Home Affairs has contributed funding to support attendance of volunteers from the emergency management sector.