With the latest escalation in international and local responses to COVID-19, the Emergency Management Conference will now be held in October.

Conference Chair, Mark Swiney confirmed that this year’s Conference will move to Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 October at The Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.

“Our normal July dates were way too close to the projected peak of the pandemic and it’s going to keep everyone extremely busy for months, so we’ve ‘bought extra time’ for things to settle down,” said Swiney.

Registrations are open (External link), and the Earlybird Discount is now available until 22nd May.


Emergencies over the last six months have shown again that learning lessons, planning and communicating effectively during emergencies is critical to the preservation of life, property and communities. 

Whatever the outcomes, it is vital that the emergency management sector continually reviews and assesses its effectiveness. 

What worked well, and what didn’t quite hit the mark?  What did we learn, and how can we all respond and engage even better in the future?


EMC 2020 will explore the recent events in Australia and overseas, and will give delegates the opportunity to learn and reflect on the experiences of their colleagues and peers in bushfires, heatwaves, severe storms and cyclones, smoke events, volcanic eruptions and more.


Presented by:

Emergency Services Foundation

Sponsored by:

Bureau of Meteorology | Department of Health & Human Services | Department of Transport | Department of Jobs, Precincts and Resources | Emergency Management Victoria | Inspector-General for Emergency Management