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What is disaster resilience education (DRE)?

Disaster resilience education (DRE) is learning about natural hazards, risk in the local environment and actions to protect communities before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

Disaster resilient young people:

  • recognise natural hazards and assess risks in their local environment
  • demonstrate skills and strategies for staying safe, seeking help and helping others in an emergency
  • investigate challenges to community safety and work together to design solutions
  • share their learning, opinions and ideas with local decision-makers
  • participate in actions for recovery following a disaster or other traumatic event.

Learn more:
Disaster resilience education: Young Australians for a disaster resilient future (PDF 2.16MB)

 DRE supports schools and educators to:

  • develop resilient, confident, successful and responsible learners
  • implement Australian Curriculum content in Geography, Science, Civics & Citizenship, Health & Physical Education
  • establish STEM partnerships with experts in natural hazards and emergency management
  • engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • explore global issues of sustainability and climate change from a local perspective
  • uphold the National Child Safe Standards

DRE is guided by the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030.

Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector

The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) is an alliance of partners working to ensure that all schools are safe from disaster risks, and all learners live in a culture of safety. GADRRRES is a multi-stakeholder mechanism composed of UN agencies, international organisations and global networks.

Psychosocial support for young people

Childhood trauma reactions: a guide for teachers from preschool to Year 12

This resource package is designed to assist teachers in identifying emotional and behavioural difficulties in students following a traumatic event. The guide was originally funded by the Australian Government and developed for the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN).

School Recovery Tool Kit

The School Recovery Tool Kit is part of a series of resources within the Children's Futures: Positive Strategies for Bushfire Recovery project. These resources have been developed with advice from members of the ACATLGN after consultation with principals and teachers.