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Disaster Management 2019 is a two-day event that will look at the impacts a range of disaster events can have on the owners of critical assets; and provide tools to help your organisation minimise the impact of a disaster, and emerge stronger than ever before.

We are living in an age where the threat of disaster is constantly imminent, and owners and managers of critical infrastructure – such as the assets that make up our national electricity grid – need to be well prepared for the range of disaster events that could potentially affect them.

Disaster can take many shapes or forms. It could be a natural disaster, such as bushfire, flood, drought or extreme heat. Or it could take the form of a terrorist attack, whether that be on your physical assets or a cyber terrorism attack on your systems. Or it could be something more obscure, like the threat of an industrial accident, an economic crisis, a resource crisis, or even a disease outbreak. It could happen six months from now, it could happen five years from now, or it could happen tomorrow.

Whenever it happens, or whatever form it takes, if you’re involved in the worlds of infrastructure, utilities or local government, you need to be thinking about how your organisation will prepare for, survive and then thrive in the face of disaster.

One of the best ways for major asset owners to ensure they are up to date with the latest industry thinking when it comes to surviving crisis situations is at Disaster Management 2019, taking place from 21-22 November 2019 at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.

Brought to you by Energy, Infrastructure and Utility magazines, Disaster Management 2019 will help your organisation ensure it is prepared for the range of disaster events that can strike critical asset owners at any time.

Why attend?

If you work in the area of critical services, such as energy utilities or infrastructure, and you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is our organisation really prepared to deal with the effects of a disaster event?”, then you need to attend this event.

The fact of the matter is, in the world of critical infrastructure, you might not be able to stop the worst from happening, but you can reduce the impact of a crisis by being prepared and ready to act.

At Disaster Management 2019, you will:

  • Explore the breadth of disaster events that could strike the infrastructure sector
  • Prepare for the potential impacts these crises could have on your organisation
  • Delve into the disaster response process, and highlight the critical steps you need to take to effectively manage a disaster event
  • Develop strategies to enhance the organisational resilience of your business
  • Learn how to emerge from a disaster as a stronger organisation than before

We will do this through an expert speaker lineup, which will feature experts from within the world of disaster management; as well as representatives from infrastructure organisations that have survived their own disaster events and emerged as stronger, more capable businesses.

Speakers at the event include Paul Jordon, Executive General Manager, Distribution at Energy Queensland, who will be discussing the challenges facing Energy Queensland after the devastating Townsville floods in February, and his insights into surviving and thriving after this event; as well as Simon Dunstall from the Analytics and Decision Sciences Program at Data61, who will be discussing the work he does to quantify and manage the bushfire-related risks posed by powerlines.

Conference highlights include multiple speed networking sessions, where delegates are guaranteed introductions to colleagues within the industry; as well as a number of expert panel sessions where representatives from different organisations will compare and contrast their experiences, providing valuable insights across the entire chain of disaster management.


The conference program will be built around three central themes, covering:

  • Identifying and preparing for strategic risks
  • Identifying vulnerabilities
  • Anticipating and monitoring potential risk factors
  • Crisis simulation and planning
  • Disaster prevention
  • Real-time response
  • Crisis communications
  • Management and leadership in crisis
  • Event monitoring
  • Procedures for emergency management
  • Enacting your crisis management plan
  • Restoring services
  • Communication post disaster
  • Bouncing back from disaster
  • Building resilient communities
  • Finding opportunities to rebound
  • Knowing when a disaster event is over
  • Managing the recovery period
  • Assessing previous disaster performance

Disaster Management 2019, aimed at helping critical service providers prepare, survive and thrive in the face of major disaster events, is taking place from 21-22 November 2019 at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.

Pre-sale tickets for the event, which can save you over $1000 off the standard ticket price, are currently available. For more information and to book your tickets, head to

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