A professional development course delivered by experts

Over the past six years, the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management has run the Coastal Hazard Management short course with more than 200 participants from local government, industry and universities. In 2019, the course successfully expanded into two offerings - a Level I: Foundations training program held on the Gold Coast, and a Level II: Advanced Applications short course held in Byron Bay with more than 70 participants from government, academia and industry.

The course has been re-branded to a Coastal Resilience Short Course, giving more emphasis on the main issue to be addressed in coastal areas in Australia and globally, with increasing climatic risks and human pressures.

The course covers Coastal Resilience theory and practice, relevant to Australia and the Asia/Pacific region, with interactive sessions and study tours being the core of both courses.

**Due to recent events and changes due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the course dates have been rescheduled from May, 2020 to October, 2020 - see new dates below**

In 2020, two courses will be offered as follows:

Coastal Resilience Short Course Level I: Foundations

A two day course held at the Gold Coast, including a study tour (various Gold Coast locations).

WHEN: Wednesday 7 October to Friday 9 October, 2020

WHERE: Griffith University, Gold Coast campus (7 & 9 October). Study Tour; Gold Coast (8 October)

For more information, refer to the draft Level I course program.

Coastal Resilience Short Course Level II: Advanced Applications

A two day course based in Byron Bay, including a study tour of the Tweed-Byron Coast (various locations).

WHEN: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 14 October, 2020

WHERE: Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club (12 & 14 October). Study Tour; Tweed-Byron Coast (13 October)

For more information, refer to the draft Level II course program.

Registration Fees

Level I: Foundations

  • Early Bird - $995.00 ex GST ($1,094.50 inc GST)
  • Standard Rate - $1,170.00 ex GST ($1,287.00 inc GST)

Level II: Advanced Applications

  • Early Bird - $995.00 ex GST ($1,094.50 inc GST)
  • Standard Rate - $1,170.00 ex GST ($1,287.00 inc GST)

Level I: Foundations + Level II: Advanced Applications

  • Early Bird - $1,595.00 ex GST ($1,754.50 inc GST)
  • Standard Rate - $2,195.00 ex GST ($2,414.50 inc GST)

Early bird rates before 4 September, 2020; standard rates apply from 5 September, 2020.

Participants may choose to register for either course, or both Level I and Level II.

5% discount for 2+ participants from the same organisation.

5% discount for Australian Coastal Society and Engineers Australia members.


All registrations can be made online using the link below.

Alternatively, if an invoice is required please email gccm@griffith.edu.au to request an invoice (allow around five business days to receive the invoice).

Online Registration


Hazards such as tropical cyclones, large storms and storm surges frequently challenge coastal communities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Erosion and storm tide inundation threaten coastal settlements, infrastructure and ecosystems. Climate variability and change, including sea-level rise trends and changes in weather patterns, are also likely to add pressure to coastal communities, with local governments carrying the burden of managing such risks and improving coastal resilience. In this course, the Australian experience in managing coastal hazards and planning for the future to increase community resilience will be used as a guide for intrastate, interstate and international participants with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Purpose of this course

This is a professional development course designed to improve the understanding of coastal dynamics and impacts on settlements, infrastructure and ecosystems, and to develop skills for coastal hazard and climate change adaptation. Course eligible for Engineers Australia CPD .


The course will provide a credit in the form of a Griffith University Digital Badge. A Digital Badge is an innovative and globally recognised indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned through academic institutions



The course is delivered by Griffith University experts, external government officers and industry professionals.

Course outline

The course will cover:

  • coastal Processes and impacts
  • coastal modelling
  • impacts, vulnerability and risk
  • shoreline erosion management
  • coastal adaptation and resilience
  • coastal conservation
  • coastal policies
  • stakeholder engagement
  • coastal economics
  • coastal management plans
  • coastal ideas, design and execution
  • local and international case studies

Who should attend

You will find this course relevant if you are a:

  • council or government officers in charge of coastal management
  • coastal scientists, engineers or planners in the industry
  • scientists involved in coastal hazard adaptation research
  • science or engineering students wishing to work in the field
  • community members or private sector representatives interested in coastal innovation


Our course partners include the Australian Coastal Society and the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure

Course enquiries

For more information, call 07 5552 8506 or email gccm@griffith.edu.au