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Future focus of AIDR

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) collaborates across sectors to strengthen the resilience of Australian communities to disasters.

The recently appointed CEO of AIDR, Dr Margaret Moreton, joins us to talk about her vision for the future of AIDR. 

Margaret Moreton

Dr Margaret Moreton, Executive Director, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR)

Dr Margaret Moreton

Executive Director, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR)

Margaret’s first career was with the federal government, working in a range of social policy areas; developing policy, managing programs and preparing advice for successive governments for over 33 years.

She left that career to undertake original community-based research. Her research identified key factors that contribute to disaster recovery and resilience. She gathered and compared the views of national leaders of recovery, and community members who had been directly affected by four separate emergency events.

Margaret has since developed a strong reputation as a disaster resilience specialist, working to build community resilience in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders and led by communities themselves.

As Executive Director at AIDR, and together with her team, Margaret is focussed on developing and sharing knowledge, resources and experience across a range of sectors, to lead or contribute to efforts that enhance community resilience to natural hazards, across Australia.


NHRA Research –
community experiences before and after flood

The devastating floods of February to July 2022 affected 84 local government areas in NSW and Queensland and caused widespread trauma and devastation. Many communities were affected multiple times.

Researchers from three universities were engaged by Natural Hazards Research Australia to explore communities’ experiences before during and after the flood and they used one prompt:  “Tell us your flood story”. The resulting volume of data will contain many gems for communicators and engagement specialists.

Join Associate Professor Mel Taylor to answer your specific questions from the research data at our October webinar.  

You can get more information on the overall findings of the project at

Mel Taylor

Mel Taylor

Associate Professor, Macquarie University | NHRA

Dr Mel Taylor is an Occupational Psychologist and Associate Professor at Macquarie University. Her research focusses on human behaviour in natural hazards emergencies, terrorism, and emergency animal diseases. Most recently, Mel has been leading a Natural Hazards Research Australia funded project on community experiences of the 2022 eastern Australian floods.


What we’ve learned from the Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness Report

September 2022 saw a report from a joint interagency taskforce on Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness hand down 14 recommendations. 

In the 12 months since this report was published, how have these recommendations been taken into consideration in the management of Exotic Animal Disease incursions such as Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)?

Join us to speak to Deputy Coordinator-General of NEMA, Joe Buffone, on this expanding topic.


Joe Buffone

Deputy Coordinator-General, NEMA

Joe has more than 30 years’ experience in security and disaster management and has held a number of key senior positions. These include: Chief Officer of the Victorian Country Fire Authority, Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner Victoria, Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner, Victoria.

Joe has had direct involvement in coordinating and responding to major emergencies in Australia and internationally, at the Strategic, Operational and Tactical levels.