Applications are now being received for the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards.
Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan said the awards provided a rare opportunity to highlight the work being done across the nation to improve disaster resilience.
"They acknowledge the valuable contribution of all sectors, from community groups and private industry to our emergency management volunteers," he said
Mr Keenan said last year more than 170 applications were received nationally featuring a wide variety of projects covering areas such as community self-reliance, mental health, educational and training resources, emergency broadcasting, forecast and warning systems and a volunteer developed multi-Agency communications platform.
He said it was anticipated that this would grow in 2014 - the 15th year of the award program.
Mr Keenan said to celebrate this milestone a new award category had been added for photographs, with the winning photograph published on the front cover of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
"We live in a lucky country and we are very lucky to be Australians, but we also live in a uniquely challenging environment subject to significant natural disasters," he said.
"The Attorney-General's Department is proud to sponsor these awards in conjunction with the States and Territories, and we look forward to recognising the vision, commitment, passion and hard work of this year's applicants."
Applications will be accepted up until midnight 2 July 2014. To apply online or for further information, go to the 'Connect!' page at this PS News link.
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