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Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Approved Projects

South Australian Disaster Risk Reduction Grants

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. $589,466
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. $770,000
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. $198,559
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. $366,800
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. $233,000
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. $245,000
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. $132,200
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. $255,000
Good Shepherd Exploring the feasibility of establishing a Not-for-Profit Microinsurance Provider for South Australia This project will look at the feasibility of establishing a not for profit, mutual microinsurance 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. $142,500
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. $92,000
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. $94,600
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. $50,400
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. $138,157


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. 


SA 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.    $68,200
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. $232,082
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. $198,316
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. $250,000
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.  $200,000
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. $55,000
SAFECOM 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. $180,000
TOTAL     $1,183,598