Emergency Media and Public Affairs
Emergency Media and Public Affairs

Emergency Media and Public Affairs



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EMPA Conference 2012

Sunday 6th - Tuesday 8th May

Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia

“From Frontline to Headline”

Crises can take you to places that are harsh, remote and friendless. Getting messages to the audiences who need them means strategic planning, great media relationships and trained and equipped teams where you need them.

This year’s conference focuses on the challenges of the crisis communications supply chain. Getting our messages to market.

You’ve had a long drought. Suddenly the rains come and you have a harvest. Maybe you weren’t as ready as you could have been. But now you have to respond.

How do you get your products to market when infrastructure fails you, opposing forces conspire against you, the market sees your products as poor quality or not delivered on time?

CEO’s Message

EMPA is the only organisation of emergency response and recovery media and public affairs, crisis communicators and corporate media relations practitioners in the world.

The EMPA conference has become a permanent fixture on the emergency management calendar in Australia.

The EMPA conference is recognised by the highest levels of State/Territory and federal governments, with their media liaison and public affairs practitioners supported to attend conferences.  Attendance at the EMPA conference has been rising, and should exceed 100 delegates in 2012.

It is the aim of the EMPA Conference Committee to provide the highest quality program, with featured, top level overseas and local speakers.

I hope you can join us in Melbourne, for what will be a rewarding and enjoyable industry event.

Peter Rekers


Emergency Media & Public Affairs Ltd

2012 EMPA Sponsor


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Download Conference Program click here

Speakers confirmed:

  • Mark Scott, Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Hugh Riminton, Network Ten
  • Ian Woolverton, Save the Children
  • Craig Lapsley, Fire Services Commissioner, VIC
  • Kate Brady, Australian Red Cross
  • Ian Mannix, ABC Radio
  • Peter Weeks, UGFM Community Radio, VIC
  • Cait McMahon, DART Centre for Journalism & Trauma
  • Nancy Rigg, swiftwater rescue campaigner, USA
  • Michele Poole, Emergency Management Southland, NZ

Program includes:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Two days of regular sessions
  • Welcome function
  • Conference dinner

Conference Fees

Full rate (after 1 Mar 2012)



Group (3 or more)

$1,095.00 ea

One Day


Welcome drinks function


Conference dinner



  • Individual and Group registration fee includes Welcome drinks function and Conference dinner.
  • Tickets for Welcome drinks and Conference dinner may be purchased for One Day delegates and guests.
  • Cancellations received prior to 27 March 2012 will be refunded, minus a $120 cancellation fee.
  • Substitute delegates may be nominated at any time.
  • Group registration by Fax or Mail only.


Online: Click here (payment types accepted – Visa, Mastercard)

Fax: Download Registration Form(s) below and fax to:

High Profile Events (Aust) Pty Ltd, +61 3 9596 6668

Mail: Download Registration Form(s) below and mail to:

High Profile Events (Aust) Pty Ltd

PO Box 2027

Brighton North VIC 3186



Individual Registration Form (Click)

Group Registration Form (Click)



Sebel Albert Park is the conference venue.  It is a short tram ride along St Kilda Road to the Melbourne CBD.

Discounted accommodation is available at the Sebel Albert Park (4.5 stars) and the adjacent Citigate Hotel (4 stars).

Delegates can book their accommodation by:

Phone: dial 1800 633 888 and quote ‘Emergency Media and Public Affairs Conference’.

Online: visit www.mirvachotels.com, select hotel and enter the the 'Special Event Code- EMER0412'.

Fax: complete form (click here), and fax or email directly to the hotel-

Fax: 03 9510 5795 or Email: reservations@tsapm.mirvac.com.au

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Sebel Albert Park

Citigate Albert Park

Lake View room             

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For all enquires, please contact our Conference Organiser on (03) 9596 6662 or events@hpe.com.au

Do you have an experience or research that you can share? Contact our conference organiser with your paper idea.

Benchmarking the best response

Sharing lessons learned

Providing a common meeting ground for practitioners and researchers

Promoting the value of communication with communities in emergencies

Working to establish a research centre for the field

1062/18 Manning St, Milton QLD 4064 E info@empa.org.au
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