Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN)

The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) is a national initiative of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience. DRANZSEN brings together educators, emergency services, community and youth organisations, researchers and others, seeking to collaborate with young people in the development of knowledge, skills and solutions for a disaster resilient future. Guided by the Disaster Resilient Education Strategy Group (DRESG) the network seeks to enable young people to participate as active citizens in safe and resilient communities. Contact AIDR to join the network

The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience recognises the importance of school education in developing a shared understanding of risk, and the knowledge to reduce risk before, during and after a disaster. Disaster resilience education enables learners to identify hazards in context and explore protective actions to reduce  the harmful impacts of disasters, emergencies and other traumatic events on people and places.

Disaster Resilient Education Strategy Group (DRESG)

The national Disaster Resilience Education Strategy Group (DRESG) provides leadership and direction for DRANZSEN and the AIDR Education for Young People Program. The group is comprised of individuals representing policy, research, education and emergency management perspectives at both the state/territory and national level. 

For more information on DRESG, contact AIDR.

Goals of DRESG

  • To influence and advocate for DRE in all Australian schools and other education settings.
  • To align with DRE policy, research and practice.
  • To establish and communicate a shared understanding of disaster resilience with professionals and volunteers engaged in the education of children and young people.
  • To develop and maintain a clear understanding of the role and expectation of education and classroom pedagogy in the development of disaster resilience across our communities.
  • To develop partnerships between emergency management agencies and school education communities to build an understanding and knowledge of the needs of schools.
  • To encourage schools to adopt and teach sustainable, evidence-supported and effective disaster resilience practices.