EMPA Australia Awards for Excellence in Communication

The Annual EMPA Awards for Excellence in Emergency Communication have been established to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to emergency communications in Australia and New Zealand.



The Australian EMPA Awards 2020 were presented via live webcast during the conference. 

For emergency communication – Readiness and Resilience

A project or activity that contributes to improved community preparedness and / or resilience.


SA Country Fire Service – Media and Communications Unit – Bushfire Ready Campaign 2020

SA CFS Bushfire Ready Campaign 2020 video

ABC Emergency – CSA project for fire, flood, cyclone

Community Resilience Team, Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Directorate, Infrastructure NSW  and NSW State Emergency Service – Flood resilience in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley – a partnership approach

For emergency communication – Response

Communicating effectively during an emergency response.


NSW Rural Fire Service Public Information Unit – NSW Rural Fire Service Public Liaison Unit

ABC Emergency – CSA project for fire, flood, cyclone

For emergency communication – Recovery

Supporting the recovery of a community impacted by an emergency.



ABC Melbourne – The Conversation Hour – Week long series of Live Broadcast from Gippsland

Clarence Valley Council – Communicating in Recovery

For media

In-depth and balanced coverage of a topic that increases public understanding of a hazard or an emergency response.

Comprehensive and accurate reporting before or during an emergency response, contributing to public safety.


Sydney Morning Herald (bushfire team) – Combining clarity with compassion: Reporting the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20

ABC Gippsland – ABC Gippsland, your emergency broadcaster

ABC NSW (Radio, News and Regional) – ABC NSW coverage of the NSW bushfires

ABC Weather – Kate Doyle – Coverage of the 2019-2020 summer for ABC online

ABC Queensland – ABC QLD broadcasting of 2019 bushfires

For published research that advances emergency communication by

Improving community preparedness and/or resilience

Increasing the effectiveness of communication during an emergency response;

Enabling agencies to better support communities recovering from an adverse event.


QUT and the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC – Effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards – Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies

Curtin University, University of Western Australia, and the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC – Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering –  Motivations, experiences and emotions: being an SES volunteer