Director – Engagement & Projects
Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
Amanda Lamont is the Director of Engagement & Projects at the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR). AIDR is a national knowledge centre for disaster resilience funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, through Emergency Management Australia. In her role, Amanda is responsible for growing the national disaster resilience body of knowledge through engagement with key stakeholders and managing the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection.
Amanda has an extensive background in emergency management, international community development and strategic partnerships. She has held leadership roles at the Australian Red Cross, World Vision Australia and the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Previously she headed up a global law firm network based in London after practicing law in Australia.
Amanda graduated from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Law (1992) and Economics (1989). She completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 1993 and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the same year.
Amanda is a Psychological First Aid trainer and emergency services volunteer at the Australian Red Cross, which sees her deployed nationally to support people in recovery from disasters. Her recent deployments have included Ex TC Debbie and Ex TC Marcia in Queensland, as well as local activations after the Bourke Street and Flinders Street incidents in Melbourne.
Amanda is also a volunteer firefighter with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.