Emergency Management Conference

EMC 2024


The conference will explore the myriad challenges faced by communities and responsible authorities as disaster events become more frequent and diverse.

The impacts of emergencies often do not observe clear geographical or social boundaries.  Rather, the intensity of emergencies and types of impacts vary from place to place and between communities and individuals.  This also changes over time.

Further, as bushfire, flood and storm activity increasingly overlaps, the lines can become blurred between resilience building, response, recovery and reconstruction.  Emergency management must be able to operate at all levels continually and often simultaneously.

For a number of years, EMC has been held during the first week in July. The EM sector has locked the dates in its calendar, and support of the event continues to grow.

We are pleased to announce that Emergency Management Conference 2024 will take place on 16 – 17 July 2024 at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park and will remain on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of July thereafter.

EMC 2023


The seven global megatrends identified in CSIRO’s recent report, Our Future World, clearly positions Emergency Management at the centre of the challenges and opportunities to be faced in the near future. 

EMC 2023 explored the recent events in Australia and overseas, and gave delegates the opportunity to learn and reflect on the experiences of their colleagues and peers in floods, bushfires, heatwaves, severe storms and cyclones, pandemic, and more.

EMC 2022

The theme for EMC 2022: As the world changes, so must we.

For 22 years the Emergency Services Foundation has proudly hosted EMC, the premier event in Victoria that brings our sector together to connect, harness and grow our collective wisdom and strength.

Over that time our operating environment has changed significantly, and through necessity our sector has also changed to meet the ever increasing complexity and duration of the emergencies we face. There have been numerous significant events to learn from and so many innovations to share. The theme for this years EMC was change, whilst change is something that is often driven by us it is also something that can be forced upon us.

Recordings of the proceedings have been made available to conference delegates. Please contact High Profile Events if you were a delegate and did not receive a link to the presentations.


EMC 2020

You can watch a selection of presentations from the 2020 EMC event here.

What Kids Can Do! Lessons from Research with Young People in Disasters
Prof. Lori Peek – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnGOEV61eJU

Barriers to good mental health
Prof. David Forbes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7tBGBiGD7A

Volunteer driven initiatives – the expertise, adaptability and creativity of volunteers
Dr Faye Bendrups – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtfp9UU_1KY

Community, Trust & Empathy at the Heart of Recovery – Thoughts from Christchurch
Mayor Liane Dalziel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTE0WIKTcZo

Meet two new EM leaders to Victoria
Michelle Young and Megan Stiffler – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Md1d0cL3Eo

Industry leaders discuss leadership, professionalism and communicating with stakeholders
Panel Discussion – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kOTfd3XhhY

Command and Control – Learnings from recent global events
Dr Justin Ready – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcvWWIsd5uc

Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering: Research insights and practical tips
Dr Darja Kragt – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5iwa7ip03U

Collaboration & Partnership with Indigenous Communities
Dr Tim Neale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6UaLKbWTyQ

Smartphone activated medics – GoodSAM implementation in Victoria
Danielle Saxton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2N9qZYSkN0

The establishment of Bushfire Recovery Vic and its future integration with the sector
Lee Miezis – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUZg2iu2gPU