Capable Communities

Locally called for disaster risk reduction and resilience building program that supports non-traditional actors to drive forward disaster preparedness.

What We Offer

Community-led adaptation workshops

ABV provides customised workshops to support community-led adaptation. We design our sessions to meet the unique needs of each area, bringing together experts, volunteers, and facilitators to collaboratively devise authentic plans. By tapping into local knowledge, we empower communities to proactively prepare for floods, fires, and other hazards. 

Business Resilience Workshops

In collaboration with Disaster Relief Australia (DRA), participants will have access to an aerial assessment exercise that covers all hazards. This is designed to create awareness and encourage discussion about the risks specific to their region. Participants walk a map of their area to locate and highlight where risks are and then we help create action plans.

Ongoing mentorship

Ongoing mentorship is a core part of why ABV is unqiue to other agencies. We continue to support the community to implement planned changes and ideas that come forward in our workshops. ABV's skilled volunteers will work with community groups and businesses to implement and embed resilience plans over time.

Recent Updates and Stories

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and news
30 May 2024
Kiah Community Hall Reopens: A New Chapter for the Community after Black Summer

The new Kiah Community Hall was officially opened this week, marking a fresh chapter for the community. It has been a four-year journey to open this beautiful new hall, which took the dedication of the Bega Valley Shire Council, the hall committee, and partners such as ABV and Arup. The original Kiah Hall and the […]

8 May 2024
Celebrating Community Resilience: On the Road!

As our Capable Communities program draws to a close, our ABV team is hitting the road to celebrate, thank and reflect with the communities we’ve walked alongside since 2022.   ABV is proud to have been on this journey with communities across the shires of Snowy Valley, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Queanbeyan-Palerang to create lasting short- […]

17 April 2024
Braidwood's Tourism Revamp: Building Back Better and Stronger

ABV was brought in to work alongside the Braidwood Villages Business Chamber to do what we do best: bringing in experts and strengthening the chamber's networks.  After regular meetings and consultations, a tourism corridor project was discussed. This project is the brainchild of ABV’s volunteer, Professor Brian Roberts, who has replicated this successful model in […]

12 April 2024
Arup donates skilled expertise to ABV

Our partner, Arup, has been providing technical expertise to our programs in Australia for almost 4 years, and we are beyond grateful for all the knowledge and experience their team brings. We grow more substantial businesses and local economies to build disaster resilience, and Arup's contribution of highly specialised skills has been invaluable to the […]

2 April 2024
ABV submitted a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Australia's Disaster Resilience

Australian Business Volunteers submitted a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Australia's Disaster Resilience. The committee aims to investigate the roles of different entities, including the Australian Defence Force, volunteer groups, not-for-profit organisations, and state-based services. Its purpose is to determine the necessary support to improve Australia's resilience and response to natural disasters.  Our […]

11 March 2024
Future Planning for Cultural Preservation

In the heart of NSW's South Coast, the Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council's Walbunja Rangers—a group deeply connected to the land—sought assistance from Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) to improve their business planning and strategy.  Image above: Ken Long, Andrew White and Ros Carriage working on business plan for BBLALC. The Walbunja Rangers—custodians of country […]


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