Welcome to Illira Group
A symbol of safety and preparedness for all. A leader in education, training, response, and engagement.
The Illira Group was created with the goal of developing better public safety practices for individuals, organisations and government.
Illira Group is about saving lives and giving people the knowledge to save their own. We are forwarding looking strategic thinkers who assess situations and make informed decisions and recommendations. We specialise in partnering with you to develop sustainable solutions to each individual situation or event to ensure your safety and strategic goals and expectations are preserved.
Public safety is the function that ensures the protection of people and institutions against threats to their well-being and to the prosperity of their communities. At Illira Group we aim to support this by utilising our skills and resources to develop creative solutions to problems. We are dedicated to preparing individuals and organisations for the worst-case scenario, through education, training and response. Illira Group is active in all areas of the public safety sector, focusing on Education, Training, Response and Community Engagement.
At the Illira Group, we provide a wide range of educational material and opportunities for individuals, businesses and government agencies to develop or learn new skills. Ultimately we assist all groups to be better prepared and able to respond to an emergency or disaster.
Public safety knowledge does not only apply to our emergency service agencies because emergency service agencies are not always the first responders at a natural disaster event. In many situations, it is members of the community who take on the first responder role, with no formal education or knowledge in disaster response (85% of first responders are civilians).
Irrespective of the event; Cyclones, Hurricanes, Floods or Bushfires or whether they occur in Australia, the United States or the United Kingdom; their impact and frequency tests the capabilities of our first responders.
Education is the process of imparting knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and even habits and at the Illira Group, we provide the following:
- Online training courses
- Accredited and non-accredited training courses
- Community information forums
Remember, we all have a part to play in disaster and emergency response.
The Illira Group operates within Australia’s high education and training standards to provide current and future Public Safety professionals, the knowledge and expertise required to competently progress and expand into specialised roles and careers.
With a decline in volunteerism in Australia, the Illira Group is increasing the opportunity for qualified First Responder professionals to work alongside our traditional emergency service professionals.
Internationally, Australia’s disaster response systems, training skills and capabilities are known to be among the most effective globally. Illira Group is working to attract international students to participate in training opportunities in Australia and is dedicated to providing high-quality skills development and qualifications for domestic and international students.
Illira Group’s vocational Public Safety training opportunities include:
- A centre of global excellence in Emergency Services education, training and response; setting the new standard in disaster management training.
- Training students to their maximum capability, providing formal recognition and accreditation for the skills gained.
- Combining training simulators with advanced academic curricula to produce personnel who are highly educated and trained under realistic field conditions.
It has been proven that providing regular training and refresher courses to disaster volunteers and professionals increases the ability of these groups to be physically and mentally prepared to respond as required and limit the potential loss of life and property.
In the Australian Vocational Education and Training Sector, national qualifications are overseen by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The courses being offered by Illira Group predominately come from the Australian Public Safety Package. These Certificate courses provide the foundational pathways for students to progress on to diploma and degree-based qualifications and can be completed at the student’s discretion.
Training may take two forms:
- Accredited – units of competency towards a formal qualification via a Registered Training Organisation (“RTO”)
- Unaccredited – Provides skills and knowledge to enable a person to complete a specific task or range of tasks.
The team at the Illira Group have operational experience in professional emergency service response, defence force activities and domestic and international salvage and disaster response undertakings. They have seen the best and worst of systems standardisation, procedures and available equipment, and the impact this has on the final results.
Training for disaster response requires a multi-pronged approach which crosses into many different agencies. The Illira Group is dedicated to improving and expanding the resources available for disaster response and training.
Disaster response is a combination of decisions and measures to contain, mitigate or respond to the effects of a disastrous event and to prevent any further loss of life and/or property and to restore order as quickly as possible, restoring normality as soon as possible. Activities may include warning and evacuation, search and rescue, the provision of immediate assistance, damage assessment, continuing assistance, and the immediate restoration of infrastructure. The aim of emergency response is to do as much as possible, as quickly as possible, to maintain life, improve health and support the morale of the affected population.
The common objectives for the first responders for a disaster include:
- Saving and protecting human life.
- Relieving suffering.
- Containing the emergency – limiting its escalation or spread and mitigating its impacts.
- Providing the public and businesses with warnings, advice and information.
- Protecting the health and safety of responding personnel.
- Safeguarding the environment.
- As far as reasonably practicable, protecting property.
- Maintaining or restoring critical activities.
- Maintaining normal services at an appropriate level.
- Promoting and facilitating self-help in affected communities.
- Facilitating investigations and inquiries (e.g. by preserving the scene and effective records management);
- Facilitating the recovery of the community (including the humanitarian assistance, economic, infrastructure and environmental impacts).
- Evaluating the response and recovery effort; and identifying and taking action to implement the lessons identified.
At the Illira Group, we strive to work with communities and provide them with tools and skills to become resilient. Key features of a resilient community are social learning, adaptiveness, and flexibility. This starts at the individual level and builds up to a wider audience.
Community Resilience is the capacity of communities to respond positively to a crisis or disaster. It is the ability to adapt to the pressures and transform themselves in a way that makes them more sustainable in the future. It is not slimily a matter of survival. This ability is a remarkable thing to experience. Not all communities have this level of resilience. Community resilience is not a one-off endeavour. It requires consistent and continuous engagement requiring years of effort. It requires leadership and commitment. It requires preparedness.
When disasters strike, whole communities can be affected. Major sections of the community and its infrastructure may be completely wiped out or significantly compromised, leaving those affected to pick up the pieces with the remaining resources available to them. In many situations this is limited, relying on the resilience of those affected to get themselves through the event.
To be effective, community engagement must take many different factors into account, including the size and demographic of the community, the geographical location, the percentage of suitably skilled community members (military, medical, emergency crews), food supply, and more.
Over the next 12 months, the Illira Group will be conducting a range of community engagement activities.
Some of the projects which we are working on includes:
- Working with Local Government and State/Territory authorities rolling out a range of community disaster preparedness education and awareness events.
- Working with State and Federal Government and the University sector, with the view to long term research which will help in better understand the financial and mental benefits that come from effective disaster preparedness works in the community.
- Providing funding opportunities in conjunction with governmental/non-governmental agencies and universities for long-term research and development, in order to better understand changes occurring in sources of risk, Public Safety requirements and emergency/crisis management mitigation.
- Provide support to link emergency, disaster, and crisis management personnel in a centre of excellence framework with a common goal of a safer world.
- Family Emergency Preparedness Plans. While each household and community is different they do share many similarities. These similarities are enough to start preparedness activities at home. We believe each home should have its own Plan and during 2021 we plan to roll out this initiative.
- The 2021 Children Disaster Preparedness Art Competition aimed at creating a better understanding of disaster preparedness.