Job Vacancy - Communications Officer (Events)

12 months maternity leave position, flexbility including part-time.

An exciting opportunity to assist in the delivery of a calendar of research events for the emergency services sector.

Applications close Wednesday 24 January 2018.

See the full position description to address the key selection criteria.

Applications to be sent to lorna.odwyer@afac.com.au with the subject line BNHCRC.

For more information contact Lorna O'Dwyer on 03 9418 5222.


Tactical Research Fund - project proposals wanted!

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has established a Tactical Research Fund to encourage the development of short duration research projects meeting near term needs of CRC end-user partners. The broad aim of the Tactical Research Fund is to provide a source of funding for short-term, end-user focused projects, addressing strategic issues for the sector having national significance.

Round 1 applications closed on 31 March 2017.

Round 2 applications closed on 30 June 2017.

Round 3 applications now open. Applications close on 28 February 2018. 

Proposal Guidelines
Project proposals seeking funding support from the Tactical Research Fund:

  • Must support the CRC’s mission and objectives
  • Must be proposed by cash-funding, end-user partners of the CRC or by the CRC itself
  • Can be of any duration up to 12 months
  • Can be of any value up to $100,000 CRC-cash per project
  • Must have the support of:
    • At least four cash-funding, end-user partners of the CRC, or 
    • The written support of an AFAC Collaboration Group, or 
    • Support of AFAC Council or ACSES
  • Ideally, should be supported by additional funds from the proposing groups.

Projects may:

  • Support utilisation activties with a preference for utilisation activiteis of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Represent new research initiatives, including scoping studies, synthesis studies and literature reviews
  • Be extensions of existing research projects
  • Represent continuations or extensions of previously funded projects
  • Provide an avenue for new partners to link to the CRC 

Projects are not to be:

  • Short term purely consultative activities.
  • Product testing.

Outcomes of projects must be made available to all CRC partners, and should published on the CRC website.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Director, Dr John Bates, and Research Manager, Desiree Beekharry of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and a recommendation  to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO, Richard Thornton.

Key dates: 

- Round 1: applications closed 31 March 2017. Funding available: up to $250,000.

- Round 2: applications closed 30 June 2017. Funding available: up to $250,000.

- Round 3: applications are now open. Applicatons close 28 February 2018. Funding available: up to $250,000. 

Click here to download the Tactical Research Fund Application Form.

Completed forms should be returned via email to:

     David Boxshall: david.boxshall@bnhcrc.com.au

Four Tactical Research Fund projects are compelted or currently ongoing:

Major post-event inquiries and reviews: review of recommendations - Click here to access this project's final report.

A strategic analysis of preventable residential fire fatalities

SES physical fitness for role

A guide to develop bushfire case studies - a case study of cropland fires


Quick Response Fund

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has established a Quick Response Fund to provide support for researchers to travel to areas affected by natural disasters (bushfire, flood, cyclone, severe storm, earthquake or tsunami) to gain an understanding of the event, the impacts and to capture perishable data. These activities can help to identify significant research questions arising from major natural hazard events and provide a context for developing more extensive research proposals.

Funding support is limited to $2500 (inc. GST) per team for any individual event. Funding is principally designed to reimburse travel-related expenses such as airfares, car rental and accommodation. Minor data collection expenditure may be considered.

Applicants do not need to be current Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researchers to be eligible. PhD students are eligible to apply for this funding where an understanding of the event directly relates to their PhD studies. Student applications require the endorsement of the primary supervisor. 

Key documents:



Domestic and International Travel Support

Domestic and international conference travel support is available to researchers, PhD students receiving Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC scholarship support and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Associate students. Total funds available to support travel are capped annually.

Completed forms should be returned via email to:

     John Bates, john.bates@bnhcrc.com.au


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