All workshops will be held at Dumas House, 2 Havelock St, West Perth.

Catching public transport to Dumas House:

Dumas House is located within a few minutes walk of the Red and Green Cat services, which are free services that goes to and from the Perth CBD.

City West train stations. A free Green Cat bus service goes from the Perth CBD to Leederville train station. Visit for more details.

Parking near Dumas House:

The nearest multi-level car park is located in Mayfair Street.

Street parking around Dumas House is paid parking with strict 2 hour limits.

Parking is not available at Dumas House.

Dumas house street map (PDF)


The Way Forward for Recovery in WA

Monday 30th of October 9:00am – 12:00pm   FULL – Additional session Monday 30th of October 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop facilitator: Office of Emergency Management WA

More details will be available soon.


Building Resilient Community Organisations – Challenges and Opportunities

Monday 30th of October 9:00am – 12:00pm

Workshop facilitator: Stuart Reid – WA Council of Social Service

The primary indicators of vulnerability to disasters and emergencies are poverty, disadvantage and social isolation. Because of the critical role they play in supporting people experiencing poverty and disadvantage to manage everyday adversity as well as times of crisis, community organisations need to step up to their role in building organisations and communities that are resilient in the face of disasters and emergencies.

This reliance on community organisations presents a number of challenges; not least the vulnerability of the organisations themselves. A research-based online resource, and State-wide training in its use, provides opportunities for community organisations to build their resilience.

This workshop will explore elements of the training that have been of benefit to date and report on the feedback provided by participants in the Kimberley, Pilbara and South-West of Western Australia. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will get an opportunity to do some of the exercises and explore some of the resources used in the full-day workshops.

The workshop will be delivered by Stuart Reid from the WA Council of Social Service who is also responsible for delivering the State-wide training under a grant from the Natural Disasters Resilience Program.


Demonstrating the use of a ‘Value Tool’ for Natural Hazard Decision Making: How to Include Intangible Benefits in Economic Analyses

Monday 30th of October 1:00pm – 4:00pm – SOLD OUT.

Workshop facilitator: Abbie Rogers – University of Western Australia

Prioritisation of mitigation actions for natural hazards requires decision makers to weigh up the costs and benefits of proposed actions to determine which offer the best value for money. Economic tools such as benefit: cost analyses provide useful frameworks for doing this. However, the social and environmental costs and benefits associated with natural hazards can be difficult to quantify, but significant and important to include in decision making. An economic method known as non-market valuation is able to measure intangible values in this manner. We have created a Value Tool which contains a database of intangible values relevant to natural hazard decision making that have been measured in dollars through non-market valuation studies.

In this interactive workshop we will first provide an overview of the economic methods available to quantify the intangible values affected by natural hazards. Second, we will introduce the Value Tool containing the database of intangible values and guidelines on how to transfer these values for use in natural hazard decision making. Finally, we will demonstrate applications of the Value Tool for natural hazard decisions and host an open discussion with participants on how the tool might serve their particular needs.


Big Uncomfortable Ideas

Thursday 2nd of November 9:00am – 12:00pm

Workshop facilitator: Dr Mel Irons

Dr Mel is one of our keynote presenters, and this workshop focuses on some of the more practical strategies that she used during her experience managing an online emergent group during the Tasmanian bushfires of 2013.

This workshop will be sharp and to the point: we will discuss a range of uncomfortable ideas that you might like to (or need to) consider including in the way you are currently conducting your emergency management operations. Dr Mel will throw a range of ideas at you – some you love and can take on immediately, others that may be of use or may not, and some that make you downright uncomfortable… but ones that you realise that you need to consider as the face of disasters, the community and the media changes. This workshop will help you stay ahead of the game, as you consider true innovation. Mel has over 30 ideas for you to consider and that will be discussed briefly during the workshop – looking at a range of topics that centre on community led recovery, the use of social media for data gathering and information sharing, and managing spontaneous volunteers.

Some of the ideas are based on Mel’s PhD research; and others are just ideas for you to take and run with. A workshop designed to get you thinking beyond the limits of the ’emergency management box’, you may find your own ideas developing by the end of our time together.


Reduction of Risks and Disasters in Isolated Communities

Thursday 2nd of November 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop facilitator: Anne Garland

The workshop explores communities in isolated locations which are working to build capacity in various sectors to reduce risks prior to or after disasters. Isolation for these communities is exacerbated by geography, rural economy, limited distribution or transport system, and/or ethnic diversities.

Participatory research is being pursued by the workshop panellists who work with diverse organizations or agencies in the isolated communities to assist with mutually identified research gaps and to facilitate mitigation practices. The case studies, from NZ, AU, CA, and the US, consist of research about animal welfare emergency management, indigenous measures of risk reduction, community based monitoring about coastal erosion, and managed retreat from rapid hazards, etc.

The Regional Cooperation, Operability, and Organizational Partnerships (RE-COOP) uses Game Theory to assess the Integration in Tribally Inclusive Geographic Areas for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It is implemented to assess the capacity, services, and capabilities of the regional and remote emergency management.

The Tribally Inclusive Geographic Areas EM research team, who developed this survey tool, will review its website,, and evaluate it with workshop groups based on hazard scenarios.
The workshop ends with an interactive discussion about comparative options for isolated communities to reduce risks.


Field-trip: Classroom Cruise – The Waterways of Perth (BBQ lunch provided)

Friday 3rd of November 8:00am – 3:00pm

Speakers: Office of Emergency Management, Department of Water, Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Western Australia

The field trip will consider flood and coastal erosion risk in the Perth metro area.

The field trip will be hosted by experts in flood and coastal processes including Prof. Chari Pattiaratchi (University of Western Australia), Steve Duggan (Bureau of Meteorology) and Simon Rodgers (Department of Water).

The field trip will be a mix of bus and boat travel including a 3.5hr cruise on the Swan River with a BBQ lunch on board.

Full price: $60

More information will be available soon.