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Resilient Australia Awards

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Applications are now open for the 2023 Resilient Australia Awards

The Resilient Australia Awards celebrate and promote initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies around Australia, as well as images capturing resilience in action. The awards recognise collaboration and innovative thinking across all sectors.

The awards recognise outstanding contributions in each state and territory across seven categories: business, community, government, local government, mental health and wellbeing, school, and photography.

The awards recognise a wide range of initiatives with past projects centred on risk assessment and mitigation, mental health and wellbeing, education, training and research, and community engagement, as well as response and recovery.

State and territory winners are considered for national awards, along with projects entered directly to the national awards – projects selected as national finalists will benefit from national exposure through a range of communication channels.

Entries in the 2023 awards program must relate to projects or initiatives that commenced after 1 January 2021, or demonstrate significant outcomes or enhancements since 1 January 2021. 

The Resilient Australia Awards is proudly sponsored by the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories and managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR).

Further information on the program structure and submission requirements are contained in the guidelines.

Key Dates

2023 Resilient Australia Awards - Submissions Extended Wednesday 8 March 2023 Submissions Open
Friday 30 June 2023 Submissions close (extended date)
6 - 20 July 2023 People's Choice voting: Resilient Australia Photography Awards
July - October 2023 State and Territory awards ceremonies
November 2023 National Resilient Australia Awards Ceremony


Award Categories

State and Territory Award Categories

Resilient Australia Business Award

Resilient Australia Business Award

Open to businesses and the private sector, including tertiary colleges and universities.

Resilient Australia Government Award

Resilient Australia Government Award

Open to state and federal government agencies.

Resilient Australia Local Government Award

Resilient Australia Local Government Award

Open to local governments and local government associations.

Resilient Australia Schools Award

Resilient Australia Schools Award

Open to all public and private pre-school, primary and secondary schools only. School-related projects managed by other organisations should be submitted in other categories.

Resilient Australia Photography Award

Resilient Australia Photography Award

Open to individuals and groups. Submissions will not be accepted without the permission of the copyright holder.

Resilience Australia Community Award

Resilient Australia Community Award

Open to communities, community-based or focused organisations, and non-government organisations.

Resilient Australia Mental Health & Wellbeing Award

Resilient Australia Mental health & Wellbeing Award

Open to all projects focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of Australian communities before, during and after a disaster.

Multi-Jurisdictional Projects

Resilient Australia - Multi-Jurisdictional Projects

Projects that encompass activity in two states or territories must identify a 'lead-jurisdiction' and the project should be submitted to the relevant state or territory award category.

Projects that encompass activity in three or more state or territories are considered multi-jurisdictional and may be submitted directly to the Resilient Australia National Award category.

Projects submitted directly to the Resilient Australia National Award category will not be eligible for state or territory awards.


Guideline and Submission details

Provide and overview of the project or initiative and its benefits

Provide information on how the project or initiative was designed, including the target audience. Explain how the project or initiative was developed, its intended purpose, particular characteristics and features, and who was involved.

Provide specific examples of how the project or initiative has supported resilience building so that the community is better able to prepare for, respond to and/or recovery from disasters and emergencies. Outline how the project or initiative is sustainable into the future, and how it can be transferred to other communities, or to address other hazards.

Provide information on the achievements of the project or initiative, and how it promotes and encourages shared responsibility. Include examples of how the project or initiative reflects the key ideas in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, and how the community has responded.

Provide specific examples of how the project or initiative engages with and provides benefit to diverse groups within the local community or more broadly. How is the project or initiative fostering inclusive approaches to disaster resilience?

Provide specific examples of how your project or initiative delivers above and beyond the core business activity of the organisations involved. How is your project or initiative different than other similar projects currently being delivered across Australia?

What about the submitted photograph demonstrates resilience to you? Submissions must include:

• One high-resolution (300dpi) photograph that demonstrates what resilience means to you, or resilience in action

• The title of the photograph and the location it was taken

• Names and contact details for all identifiable individuals depicted in the photograph to comply with the Privacy Act 1988.



Submit your project or initiative

Submissions open Wednesday 8 March 2023 and close on Monday 5 June 2023

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Download your copy of the guidelines, submission tips or frequently asked questions.

Contact Details

For more information about the Resilient Australia Awards program, please contact the RAA Coordinator at