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Resilience NSW

Led by Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, Resilience NSW leads whole-of-government disaster and emergency efforts from prevention through to recovery.

About us

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring communities devastated by drought, bushfires, floods and now COVID-19 are getting the help they need to rebuild and recover.

Resilience NSW is the lead agency responsible for building communities of people who are

  • confident in preparing for and responding to disasters, both natural and human-caused
  • supported during the recovery and healing process.

Our outcomes

  • People are prepared and empowered to manage risk and supported to recover from disasters.
  • Local communities are enabled to manage delivery with the right support, in a local context.
  • Critical infrastructure providers and industry collaborate to minimise the risk of disruption and quickly resume social and economic activity.
  • NSW Government acts in a joined-up way to build resilience, flex to crises and minimise risk.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons

Our Commissioner

Shane Fitzsimmons

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed Resilience NSW's inaugural Commissioner and Deputy Secretary Emergency Management in May of 2020. He chairs the State Emergency Management Committee, the State Recovery Committee, National Emergency Medal Committee and is a member of the NSW Telco Authority Advisory Board.

The appointment to Resilience NSW follows a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service as well as council and director roles across state and national emergency management authorities.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons' career has been acknowledged with the NSW Rural Fire Service Long-Service Medal, recognising 30 years of service; the National Medal, recognising more than 35 years of service; and, the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM). He is also a Paul Harris Fellow and holds a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire through the Rotary Clubs of Berowra and Sydney.

He is a Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. Councillor and patron of two children's charities, Kids Xpress and Coffee 4 Kids.

In 2020, he was named Australian Father of the Year 2020 through The Shepherd Centre and 2021 NSW Australian of the Year.


Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will provide $250 million to support communities affected by last summer's bushfires with a focus on job creation in regional areas.

Bushfire support for NSW communities

Information on government programs, services and resources to help bushfire-affected communities from the 2019-20 season in NSW.

Helping Business prepare for the unexpected

Businesses will be better equipped to deal with natural disasters and other disruptions with the help of a new toolkit from the NSW Government.

Contact us

Phone: 02 9212 9200


Postal address: GPO Box 5434, Sydney, NSW 2001

Emergency Management training:

Disaster assistance (financial and other supports):

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