Resilient Australia - Building Resilience To Natural Disasters

Resilient Australia - Building Resilience To Natural Disasters

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 6
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • ...

Australia has experienced increasingly frequent, intense, repeated, and now overlapping shocks such as fires, floods, and drought. Coupled with chronic stresses including economic inequity, reduced levels of services in rural and regional areas, and social exclusion, these disasters have conspired to challenge communities across the country. Communities have little or no time to prepare, respond and recover from these events before the next arrives.

Minderoo Foundation

Minderoo Foundation's Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative aim to reduce the harm caused to communities and the environment by fire and flood. They harness the collective power of communities, industry, government, philanthropy and the research sector to lift Australia to be the global leader in fire and flood resilience by 2025. For more information, see Minderoo Foundation’s website.

Primary Lessons

These resources cover a range of subjects and year levels, allowing you to introduce natural disaster resilience skills and knowledge across various primary school classes.

Students will grow their understanding about what a natural disaster is, how it functions, and what actions they can take to make themselves and their local communities more prepared and more resilient, leading to better outcomes during as well as after they have been impacted by a natural disaster.  

Tune in

Thought-provoking lessons featuring questions and activities designed to stimulate students' interest.

  • Lesson
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Resilient Australia - How do humans negatively impact the environment?

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How can humans positively impact the environment?

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability

Find out

Explicit instruction on the topic, increasing in complexity and breadth of knowledge.

  • Lesson
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Resilient Australia - How to call Triple 0

  • Primary
  • Year 2
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Technology
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - Understanding Australia's hazardous climate

  • Primary
  • Year 3
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Technology
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How do bushfires impact the landscape?

  • Primary
  • Year 4
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Conservation
  • Land Management
  • Sustainability
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How do fires behave?

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - Are bushfires getting worse over time?

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How can we use technology to fight bushfires?

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Technology
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - What is needed in a recovery pod?

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Technology
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - Personal resilience helping the community

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Disaster resilience
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - Floodplain Modelling

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - What makes a good leader in a disaster?

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Social
  • Leadership
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How can we better predict fires?

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Take action

Contextualising knowledge and inspiring students through real-world examples. These lessons feature stories of inspirational people and organisations making a difference to help bring the learning to life.

  • Lesson
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Resilient Australia - How to manage mental health during a disaster

  • Primary
  • Year 4
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How to prepare a survival plan and kit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - How can I help as a citizen scientist?

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - Natural Disasters and News Media

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Lesson
  • ...

Resilient Australia - Preparing the community for disaster resilience

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
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