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Independent performance review of the CRC
Believe it or not, the beginning of 2018 means that the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is four and half years into its eight year funding period. While we have collectively achieved a lot over the last four years, and there are plenty of great examples of how our research is making a difference to our partners, there is still more to do to ensure more of our research is ready for use by our partners, not to mention our ongoing research program which continues to investigate the big issues across natural hazards in Australia and New Zealand.
In saying that, the Board and management of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC does have an eye to the future, and has decided that an independent review of the operations and achievements of the centre should be undertaken. It will help to inform the decisions relating to research utilisation in the remainder of the CRC. The review is aiming to provide an independent evaluation of the quality of the research, and the effectiveness of research utilisation and governance processes of the centre. This will be critical in the development of the business case for further funding for the CRC beyond the current term, which ends in June 2021
Previously, a fourth-year review was a formal requirement of the Commonwealth CRC program, but this is no longer a requirement for our centre. The CRC Board felt, however, that an independent review around our mid-term would still be useful. It presents an opportunity for external reviewers to comment on our achievements to date, and provide direction on our future transition from a CRC to a research centre after our CRC funding ends in 2021.
The independent review to be led by Prof Mary O’Kane AC. Other members of the review panel are Mr Euan Ferguson, AFSM and Dr Tracey Arklay.
Prof O’Kane led a review of the Commonwealth CRC program in 2008 and has also reviewed the operations of other individual CRCs. She has also had a distinguished career in research and higher education. More recently Prof O’Kane was the NSW Chief Engineer and Scientist, and currently is the chair of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. Many of you will know Euan Fergusson from his time as Chief Officer of both the CFS and CFA and now an independent consultant, while Dr Tracey Arklay is from Griffith University with expertise in disaster management policy.
The review will take place on 9-11 May, but the reviewers would like to begin talking to our stakeholders over the coming months.
We will need your help and understanding in the lead up to the review and during the period of the review itself. The CRC staff are busily preparing material for the review and will be seeking input from end-users and researchers.
We should all embrace the review as it is a fantastic opportunity for the centre and it will continue to aid us in our transition post 2021. We need to continue to be able to provide the research knowledge and expertise that our partners need, and rely on, for natural hazards management. There is still more to learn, and there is still more to do.
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