2016 Resilient Australia Awards

Logo for the Australian Resilience Awards 2016

2016 Resilient Australia Awards

National Winners Announced - News Release

2016 State Resilient Australia Awards

South Australian Winners Announced - News Release

Supported by the Commonwealth, the Resilient Australia Awards recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation, making our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. State Winners are considered for the National Awards which were announced in Melbourne on 17 November 2016.

All award recipients are listed here.

SA State Winner Award

Local Government Association – i-Responda Program

The LGA developed a framework and training programs to enable Councils to safely assist emergency services’ response to local emergency incidents.  Joint Operating Guidelines agreed between local government and the SA Country Fire Service and supporting training ensure that roles and responsibilities are understood prior to a bushfire event.

Subsequently, the program is being expanded to develop council capability to assist the SA State Emergency Service with extreme weather events and the SA Metropolitan Fire Service managing the escape of hazardous materials. More than 2,000 council staff have participated in this program to date.

SA Highly Commended Award

Barossa Improved Grazing Group – Eden Valley Bushfire Recovery and Paying Forward Resilience

Following the 2014 Eden Valley and Hutton Vale bushfires, the BIGG commenced a multi-pronged strategy to help producers proactively manage their individual and community recovery. Significant initiatives included investigations into techniques to optimise native pasture and livestock recovery, sharing community learnings and case studies and a booklet of key lessons learned.

SA Commended Award

Adelaide Hills Council on behalf of Sampson Flat Community Leaders

Following the 2015 Sampson Flat bushfire, the Adelaide Hills Council established a Community Leaders project to support the development of long term resilience through community engagement. The project supported a vast array of community events to share experiences, lessons learned and to acknowledge and celebrate place making and other tangible reminders of community recovery.

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Through this project, 22 Aboriginal communities across SA including the APY lands now have Australian Standard property addresses mapped and uploaded on national and public databases.

This allows residents easy access registration, licensing, banking, Centrelink and other services, and faster emergency service response.

For more information

For further enquiries please email  or phone 8463 4147.


2015 SA did not participate
2015 National winners


SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission

GPO Box 2706
Adelaide SA 5001

Tel:  08 8115 3927
Fax: 08 8115 3908
Email: SAFECOM.emergencymanagement@sa.gov.au