Applications are now open for the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards.
For close to two decades, the national awards have celebrated initiatives that build resilience, recognising projects that make communities safer, more connected and better prepared for natural hazards.
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said that the awards are an opportunity to celebrate local innovation and collaboration.
"The awards highlight achievements that might otherwise go unnoticed, with stories that build confidence and inspire leadership in building disaster resilience," Mr Taylor said.
"Natural hazards are a fact of life for Australians and it's more important than ever to share knowledge that strengthens our community."
"This is why the Australian Government is pleased to celebrate innovative ways in which Australians are making their community safer, stronger and better prepared."
Submissions are accepted in each state and territory for business, community, government, schools and photography awards. The awards are open to all Australians, including individuals, not for profit organisations, small and large businesses, local and state government, schools, education institutions, research bodies, and emergency service agencies.
More than 120 applications were received for last year's awards. Winners included the City of Mandurah in Western Australia for its collaborative equine evacuation project, St. Ives North Public School in New South Wales for a forward-thinking education partnership with the Rural Fire Service, and Summer Mulvey's poignant image of her family in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
The Australian Government is proud to sponsor these awards in partnership with the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience and the states and territories.
Applications are open until 31 May 2018. For more information and to apply go to www.aidr.org.au/resilient-australia-awards.