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What is disaster resilience education (DRE)?

Disaster resilience education (DRE) is the development of hazard-related knowledge, skills and strategies, to enable learners to participate as active members in skilled and resilient communities. 

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
  • practice protective strategies for mental health and personal resilience
  • are connected and active in their local community
  • respect the environment and make sustainable choices
  • work together to design solutions to prevent hazard events from becoming disasters
  • share their learning, opinions and ideas with decision-makers
  • participate in actions for recovery in the aftermath of 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-linked learning in: Geography; Science; Civics & Citizenship; Health & Physical Education; Sustainability and the General Capabilities
  • engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • establish STEM partnerships with experts in the science of hazards and emergency management
  • explore local geography, linked to global education themes of sustainability (including sustainable development goals - SDGs) climate change and human rights
  • 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.

The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools

A GADRRRES resource, the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) offers technical assistance and particular expertise to support interested governments in implementing comprehensive school safety (CSS) at the national level. WISS promotes good practices and achievements in safe school implementation for replication in other countries and regions.

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, and to prevent the likelihood of children developing long-term adverse reactions. 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 Took Kit is part of a series of resources within the Children's Futures: Positive Strategies for Bushfire Recovery project. The resources have been developed with advice from members of the ACATLGN after consultation with principals and teachers.