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Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Approved Projects

South Australian Disaster Risk Reduction Grants

2023-24 Approved Projects (Round 4)

Stream 1 - Aboriginal disaster risk reduction projects


Project title

Project Summary

Total Grant Funding

Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation

Ceduna Aboriginal Homelands Fire & Risk Mitigation Strategy

The project intends to support the engagement of the Ceduna Homeland Groups in the planning of an appropriate Fire & Risk Mitigation Strategy detailing information and communication necessary to take action during the 2023/24 and future summer season. This proposal aims to minimise fire risks and hazards on all Ceduna Aboriginal homeland properties including: Dinahline, Yarilena, Warevilla, Munda Munda Watutjuna, Bullinda, Betts Corner, Munda and Wanna Mar and the Ceduna Emu Farm.


Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation

Supporting Healthy Country - First Nations Roadside Management

The project aims to facilitate the coming together of processes and assessments used by various agencies to develop a Limestone Coast Roadside Management Strategy, with a focus on the integration of First Nations knowledge and practices. This project will enable Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation to elevate the importance of the estimated 10,600 km of road network and associated 10,000 hectares of roadside vegetation to be valued and managed as one continuous corridor of the Limestone Coast region.


Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation; Attorney- General's Department

Protection and Preparedness: Mapping Aboriginal Heritage for
disaster risk reduction

This project seeks to address the competing tensions of heritage protection and confidentiality requirements by seeking to develop a mapping tool that balances these needs. It will develop a method to share a form of digital location to inform emergency service personnel that Aboriginal heritage exists in the vicinity of the incident and may be under threat by mitigation actions, while protecting the precise location and nature of the site(s).


South Australian Native Title Services

Nukunu Fire Stewardship

Trained Nukunu fire practitioners will lead a workshop in consultation with Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation to develop knowledge and skills of cultural burning. The workshop will provide participants with the tools, knowledge, and resources to understand the role of fire in the landscape and to engage in cultural burning practices.


Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation

Reigniting Kaurna Cultural Practices Through Fire

Reigniting Kaurna cultural practices through fire involves revitalising and preserving the traditional Indigenous practices of the Kaurna people, the aboriginal people of the Adelaide Plains in South Australia. The key aspect of this proposal is to develop an Aboriginal Land Management Strategy that can reconnect the harmonious relationship between the Kaurna people and the land.


APY Land Management

2 way disaster risk reduction saving people, culture and assets


This project will employ a dedicated Anangu fire officer in the APY Lands to improve community engagement and integrate traditional knowledge and practices into disaster management planning.


Fire to Flourish, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Enhancing relationships between Aboriginal communities and emergency services in South Australia

The project will support Australia’s federal, state governments and Emergency Management agencies to connect with, and develop, culturally safe and inclusive ways of working with Indigenous peoples during, before and after disasters.


Stream 2 - Short-term (3-9 months) disaster risk reduction projects


Project Title

Project Summary

Total Grant Funding

South Australia Police

Landslide/ Landslip risk in South Australia


The Capability and Capacity Sub-committee has recognised the need for dedicated planning and management concerning the potential hazard of landslides or landslips. In response, a working group recommended a comprehensive geotechnical examination. This project aims to provide vital data to determine the size and scale of the identified risk.


South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)

Developing a People at Risk in Emergencies Framework for South Australia 2025-2029

SACOSS and the Australian Red Cross will undertake a review of the People at Risk in Emergencies Framework for South Australia, which was due for review in June 2023. The review process will include a literature review of the national and international evidence base, and consultation with a broad range of stakeholders from across South Australia, including emergency management and health and community services agencies and people with lived experience of risk and or emergencies.


Artlab Australia

Strengthening disaster resilience in public library heritage collections

The unique cultural heritage collections of local public libraries are at risk of damage or loss in the event of disasters. This project aims to strengthen disaster resilience by providing knowledge, skills and practical training to library staff and support them to develop tailored disaster plans to safeguard their unique local history collections.


SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission

SA Disaster Resilience Ecosystem Project

This project aims to gather vital insights to guide the state's future disaster resilience strategy and shape South Australia’s approach to disaster resilience post-2024. The project will explore, map, and visualise South Australia's disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and resilience solution ecosystem.


Resilient Ready


Developing a South Australian Social Capital + Social Infrastructure Snapshot Report

This project will position South Australia as a leader in defining why and how a greater focus on, and investment in social capital and social infrastructure will build a safer and more resilient state. It will be delivered by social enterprise Resilient Ready in collaboration with global social capital expert Professor Daniel P. Aldrich.


Campbelltown City Council


Campbelltown Cool Spaces for Summer 2024 Project

The 'Campbelltown Cool Spaces for Summer 2024 Project' will trial the implementation of cool refuges in up to 3 facilities in the Campbelltown area in February/March 2024. At these sites Council will provide programmed activities, resources and catering, options for transport to and from venues, trained staff, and access to education resources such as 'Healthy in the Heat' information.


Adelaide Hills Council


Adelaide Hills Council fire access track audit


The project involves a detailed audit of all fire tracks in the Adelaide Hills Council region, and the development of a stringent set of criteria to establish track condition, classification and priority for treatment.


Southern & Hills LGA


Renewing the Resilient Hills & Coasts Regional Climate Plan

Resilient Hills & Coasts developed its first regional climate adaptation plan almost a decade ago (from 2014 to 2016), and much has changed in climate science, strategic context, and community attitudes since then. The project aims to renew the Resilient Hills & Coasts Regional Climate Plan to focus on where the regional partnership can make the most impact in reducing climate risks.


Flinders University

Understanding the Difficulty of Disaster Preparation Tasks: A Pilot Activity

This activity pilots a large-scale survey to map South Australians’ ability to undertake tasks found on disaster preparedness checklists for a range of different disasters. The innovation is that data will be converted into a standardised equal-interval measure to allow comparison across groups, disasters, and regions. This project aims to inform allocation of resources and attention to areas of most need in a multi-disaster future.



2022-23 Approved Projects (Round 3)


Project Title

Project Summary

Total Grant Funding

Australian Red Cross

Community-Led Disaster Resilience 

This project aims to build on the success of previous Community Led Emergency Resilience project to empower communities to design and implement locally-led disaster resilience plans with a focus on place-based and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


Australian Red Cross

Youth in Emergencies Development Program

The Youth in Emergencies Development Program is a 2-year collaboration between Australian Red Cross, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, local government, and emergency management agencies. It aims to create a diverse community of young, informed change-makers in the emergency preparedness landscape to provide leadership and influence future policy and practice.

$654, 630

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Preparing primary industries for the impacts of compounding and complex disasters

Disaster risk reduction decisions and actions are needed to mitigate impacts on the agriculture sector, minimise disruptions to food supply and maintain vibrancy of regional communities. This project takes an industry-led approach to explore the risks of compounding and cascading disasters on people, production, profitability, and supply chains.


Flinders University (Torrens Resilience initiative)

Building partnerships for DRR in the Grape Wine Sector

SA’s grape/wine/tourism sector contributes $2.12 billion directly to SA’s economy, accounting for 50% of Australia’s annual grape production. The 2019/20 wildfires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island revealed a lack of preparedness, and vulnerabilities in wine, grape and tourism businesses. This project will consult with various SA government experts and the sector to identify future opportunities, and develop customised tools for utilisation by the sector.


Resilient Ready

Translating Department for Industry, Innovation and Science small business survey findings into everyday business as usual risk reduction knowledge and behaviours to get ahead of future disasters.

This project is a collaboration between social enterprise Resilient Ready the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science and Council of Small Business Organisations Australia. It will deliver a “Business Community Resilience Toolkit” program across two high risk regions in South Australia. In addition, the project will complete a strategic program of surveys and on/offline workshops presenting micro-learning scenarios to small business owners across metro, regional and rural locations to test risk reduction methodologies and incentives that translate government policy into business-as-usual behaviours with a core focus on business-related insurance issues and solutions.


South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission

Children and Young People in Emergency Service Organisations Project

Engagement and inclusion of young people as volunteers can raise awareness of disasters and their consequences and build community resilience. The Country Fire Service Cadet Program was last reviewed in 2010, and is not well known to the communities of SA. This project will collaborate with agencies, such as State Emergency Service. Australian Red Cross and Army Cadets to co-design a program with current cadets and volunteers to modernise the approach and ensure young people are engaged, valued, trained, and wanting to transition to adult volunteers.


Department for Environment and Water

Building a flash flood forecasting and warning capability and enhancing riverine flood forecasting and warning services in South Australia

This project will improve flood forecasting and warning services, building on lessons from the 2022 New South Wales floods. The project will pilot flash flood forecasting systems for two catchments in metropolitan Adelaide to test innovative flood warning capabilities and usability of soil moisture monitoring data and rainfall products such as Rain fields.


Growing With Gratitude

Growing With Gratitude (GWG), Bushfire Kids Connect and Maker Empire - School Community Disaster Risk Reduction Project

The Growing With Gratitude (GWG) program, Bushfire Kids Connect and Makers Empire are all currently running successfully across South Australia and Australia. This project will expand the program and develop a ground-breaking disaster risk reduction program that utilises the latest 3D technology for young people.


Department for Environment and Water

Sea flood mapping and impact assessment for Port Adelaide and surrounds

Port Adelaide is the location of defence, energy and freight assets of national and state significance with over $1 billion worth of infrastructure in the area and is experiencing substantial growth. The project will update the flood and risk modelling across the Port Adelaide area for a 1% Annual Exceedance Probability storm event with a range of sea level rise scenarios. Outputs will be available through the interactive Coastal Flood Mapping Viewer.


Good Shepherd

Exploring the feasibility of establishing a Not-for-Profit Micro insurance Provider for South Australia

This project will look at the feasibility of establishing a not for profit, mutual micro insurance scheme, to cover home, contents and vehicle insurance for people on low incomes. It will focus on broad consultation within the low-income community and to explore further how a not-for-profit micro insurance would operate within the current regulatory frameworks.


Legatus Group

Northern and Yorke Community Continuity Planning for Disasters

This initiative involves the delivery of a series of coordinated programs that cover continuity awareness and planning on social, environmental and economic aspects of building resilience. This would be a holistic approach that brings together the farming and urban sectors of the region for information, workshops and forums through a central theme that is relevant to this region.


Community Legal Centres (SA)

"What to do before….." Legal Preparedness and Response in Natural Disaster Areas"

This project aims to produce 15 legal explainer videos that provide clear, practical legal tips for communities during preparation, response and recovery phases of natural disaster to enhance community communication through the Community Legal Centres (SA) website and more critically through extensive social media.


Campbelltown City Council

Cool Refuge

This project aims to understand the extent of cool refuge needs to manage the impact of heatwaves, in particular council-owned air-conditioned public spaces such as the libraries and recreation centres. It will identify potential solutions to help the community become more resilient during extreme heat events.


Artlab Australia

Disaster resilience training for SA community museums

This pilot project is a joint initiative between Artlab Australia and the History Trust of SA aimed at strengthening disaster resilience in small metropolitan and regional museums that are prone to disasters, through providing training and resources to staff and volunteers. Museums contain unique knowledge and heritage that tell the community’s stories and play a vital role in rebuilding organisational and community resilience after disasters. The practical training will focus on the prevention and preparation disaster risk reduction stages, while also covering response and recovery stages.



2021-22 Approved Projects (Round 2)


Project Title

Project Summary

Total Grant Funding


Building a disaster resilient and risk reduction business community on Kangaroo Island.

This project invites all businesses on Kangaroo Island to participate in a three-phase program to understand existing business community resilience and risk reduction capabilities, and also create and embed tools for across the region.


City of Onkaparinga

Resilient Southern Communities – Disaster Risk Reduction Community Development Officer.

A Community Disaster Risk Reduction Officer is to be appointed to work in two locations over 18 months, building community disaster and emergency resilience and preparedness.


Department for Environment and Water

Levee bank information management in South Australia.

This project develops a baseline of existing levee bank locations and ownership across South Australia, will develop a levee bank database to be tested with detailed levee bank data collected in the Gawler River catchment and pilot a planning process to identify and agree priority levee banks, investment required and roles and responsibilities.


Multicultural Communities Council of SA

Increasing CALD Communities Resilience to Risk

This project aims to increase the resilience of selected CALD communities through a better understanding of disaster risk reduction, and better access and exposure to State Government messages in case of an emergency. 


South Australian Country Fire Service

Virtualisation of Bushfire Risk Information Management System – BRIMSOnline.

The purpose of BRIMS online is to provide the Bushfire Management Committee and the State Bushfire Coordination Committee member agencies, and the committees, with a web-based data platform capturing the full cycle of bushfire risk management, informing decision making and for the first time recording the status of and reporting upon bushfire risk treatment activities undertaken across the State. 


SA Council of Social Service and Australian Red Cross

Collaborative Action: Addressing the needs of people at risk from climate change, emergencies, and disasters.

This project will review and update the implementation Plan and work of the People at Risk in Emergencies Action Group to date, review of the membership and ways of working of the Action Group, coordinated delivery of outcomes under the Implementation Plan, engagement and communication within and between the emergency management, health and community services sectors, and a full evaluation at the end of project. 


South Australia Police

Public Information Officer Training

This project aims to develop a SA specific accredited Public Information Officer Training Course. This strategic approach to public information improves public awareness and engagement of disaster risks and their impacts, both immediate and long term. It will also allow new partnerships and strategic networks to be formed across the emergency management sector and wider government.


SAFECOM Scoping project to determine the viability of sharing natural hazard data risk information across sectors SAFECOM engages entrepreneurial consultancy firm 11point2 to engage with public and private sector natural hazard/data risk information owners to facilitate discussions about what construct would be required to share data/risk information to inform disaster resilience and risk reduction decision making, and improve emergency management planning across prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.  $30,000






2019-21 Approved Projects (Round 1)


Project Title

Project Summary

Total Grant Funding

AdaptWest, on behalf of the cities of West Torrens, Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide Enfield

Adapt Now! Changing for Climate Change

Extreme Heat. Power outage. Smoke impact. Localised flooding. In isolation, events like these can be challenging – but what happens when they occur as compounding emergencies? How would your community react? The AdaptWest partnership sought to understand how communities would respond, developing resources with community representatives, key agencies, and businesses and documenting the process with a local filmmaker through interviews to highlight messages of hope, connection and capacity building.   


Australian Red Cross

CALD Communities - Locally Led Risk Reduction Project

Building on a community led emergency resilience pilot project, this project seeks to utilise a strengths based community development approach to support CALD communities to implement their own locally-led disaster risk reduction activities.


Australian Red Cross

Leave it to Z (Stage 2)

This project aims to implement measures outlined in the original project's 'Conversations Report' and 'Youth Engagement Roadmap'. Children and young people actively participate in implementing measures and work in collaboration with the Emergency Management sector. This project was a State Winner in the SA Resilient Australia Awards.


City of Mitcham

Resilient Asset Management Project (RAMP) incorporating Climate Risk into Asset Management (Phase 3)

The RAMP is piloting the integration of climate risk into local government asset management systems, including spatially mapping climate risk, understanding their impacts on selected asset classes (roads, bridges, stormwater, major buildings, coastal and open space assets) and identifying opportunities for councils to fund any resourcing shortfall to maintain community assets and service standards. The RAMP has been designed to identify the economic and social opportunities from investing in proactive adaptation and disaster resilience initiatives and allow pilot approaches to be transferred to other local governments.


South Australian Council of Social Service

Health and Community service sector climate disaster risk reduction capacity building

This project builds upon former project roles and responsibilities for organisations providing services to people at risk and the Red Cross community service organisation shared responsibility project. SACOSS will provide advice and support to organisations working to implement change to their governance and practice regarding planning and management of climate risk, emergencies and disasters. 


South Australian Council of Social Service

Identifying strategies to maximise access to insurance for people at risk

This project promotes understanding about the importance of insurance, increase awareness about the full range of insurance products available and increase insurance coverage for people at risk and in poverty, using innovative funding models.



30 Days, 30 Ways

This project is positioned to enable South Australia’s Emergency Management Sector to leverage existing networks within the community to motivate and facilitate grassroots actions in the community to improve resilience. In partnership with the appropriate hazard Leaders and Control Agencies, “the challenge” provides a focus for each day of the 30 day month e.g. first aid, insurance, bushfire preparedness, blackout ready, storm safety etc.


TOTAL     $1,183,598