PREPARE NSW is funded under the Community Resilience Innovation Program, Office of Emergency Management, NSW Department of Justice. This program is part of the NSW and Commonwealth governments’ National Partnership Agreement – Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

The overall aim is to design a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resource that will develop capacity of NDIS disability support and NSW Community health providers in person-centred emergency preparedness and planning.

This Project brings together knowledge and experience from the emergency management, health and disability sectors to design an online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resource on person-centred emergency preparedness and planning with people with disability and chronic health conditions in the community.

The online CPD resource will enable disability and health providers to learn about natural hazard emergency preparedness and apply that learning to person-centred planning with people they support in the community.

A Working Group consisting of members from the emergency management, disability, and health sectors will contribute their knowledge, experience, and expertise to co-design the CPD resource and evaluate its utility in practice. The CPD resource will be field tested in two Local Government Areas (LGA): Mid North Coast LGA and Blue Mountains City Council LGA and will invite involvement from other LGAs.

Advisory committee membership will bring state wide knowledge, expertise and innovation to ensure the CPD resource is suitable for state wide implementation.

For more information about the project please contact Dr Michelle Villeneuve via email: or leave a message for Michelle at

Project Team

Senior Project Officer - Hayley Brooks

Overview of our Participatory Methodology

Previous Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction projects

The project team has been engaged in research to develop disability inclusive disaster risk reduction policy and practice in Indonesia and Australia since 2013.

INCLUDING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) ACTIVITIES IN INDONESIA a two year research project, funded by the Australia Development Research Award Scheme (ADRAS),focused on building capacity in disability inclusive disaster risk reduction in four areas of Indonesia by bringing together the disability community and disaster risk reduction actors and agencies. Find out more about the project by visiting:

DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN NSW: ENABLING LOCAL COMMUNITY RESILIENCE THROUGH COLLABORATION a two year project funded under the joint State/Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program. A two-year project designed to enhance community resilience for emergency preparedness for natural hazard emergencies by developing knowledge and capacity for disability inclusion in disaster risk reduction (DIDRR).

The focus of the project was enabling Community Service Organisations (CSOs), Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), Local Government and local businesses to work collaboratively with Emergency Managers (EMs) and involve people with disability in emergency preparedness. The project took place in three NSW local government areas: Sutherland, Hawkesbury, and Taree.

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This video was made as part of the Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW Project.

The provides an overview of Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction principles from the perspective of people with disability, emergency management, and disability support providers

Local Emergency Management Guidelines for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in NSW

The Local Emergency Management Guidelines for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction are now available. The guidelines are for local Emergency Managers and Disability Support Providers to learn Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) principles and activities to engage the community in building resilience.

The guidelines include information and tips about DiDRR, and also links to useful resources.
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Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW highly commended in Resilient Australia Awards 2017

On 19 October 2017 the project team from the Centre for Disability, Research and Policy and Natural Hazards Group were honoured to receive a highly commended award in the Business Category of the Resilient Australia Awards for the Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW.

The Project Team would like to thank all of those involved in the project whose contributions are a part of this success. The Project Team would also like to extend a note of congratulations to all the other award recipients at the ceremony.

Project Updates

2 February 2018 – Submission provided to Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria on the Review of the Vulnerable People in Emergencies Policy – Discussion Paper, December 2017. 

3 December 2017 – Read our Summer edition of DiDRR News by clicking here DiDRR News – Summer 2017

8 September 2017 – Read our Spring edition of DiDRR News by clicking here DiDRR News – Spring 2017

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Funded under the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program

The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSW Government, unless the views expressed in the Project Materials have been publicly supported by the Government or a government agency.