Who we are
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre draws together all of Australia and New Zealand's fire and emergency service authorities, land management agencies, as well as non-government organisations and leading experts across a range of scientific fields to explore the causes, consequences and mitigation of natural disasters.
The CRC was launched at Parliament House Canberra by the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan, MP, on 10 December 2013. The Minister said the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC acknowledged the ongoing impacts of natural hazards upon communities, emergency service providers, governments, agriculture and other industries.
In announcing the Australian Government commitment to the CRC in February 2013, then Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the new centre would build on the work of the Bushfire CRC and expand the research into natural hazards.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is funded for eight years with $47 million from the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program. The remainder funds - cash and in-kind - comes from partner agencies, government organisations and research institutions from all states and territories and New Zealand.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is an incorporated not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. It is managed through a small central office co-located with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council in East Melbourne, with staff also based in Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra. It has a skills-based Board of Directors elected by its Members. The Board is chaired by an independent Director.
The Major Challenge
In the last decade natural disasters have caused more damage and destruction across Australasia than ever before. Disasters such as flood, fire, cyclone, earthquake and tsunami expose human, infrastructure and institutional vulnerabilities, and subject the Australian community to considerable impact and loss. Such events make headlines when they cause injury, death and widespread damage. However, their full impacts often remain poorly quantified, but will be felt through long-term consequences for individuals, communities, infrastructure, the landscape, and the economy.
The purpose of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is to conduct end-user inspired applied research to:
- Reduce the risks from bushfire and natural hazards
- Reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of disasters
- Contribute to the national disaster resilience agenda
- Build internationally renowned Australian research capacity and capability
- Enable Australian small to medium enterprises to be innovative in natural hazard products and services.
Our focus for the coming years is in our strategic plan