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Chief Executive Officer
Feb
15

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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2018
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Dr Richard Thornton Independent performance review of the CRC communication, emergency management, multi-hazard
2017
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Dr Richard Thornton Thank you for the hard work and activity emergency management, land management, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Demonstrating impact vital emergency management, land management, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Uptake from partners evident at conference communication, emergency management, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Halfway to delivering to the country emergency management, mitigation, multi-hazard
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Dr Richard Thornton Welcome to new staff and great events
Dr Richard Thornton 25 years of rural fire research in New Zealand fire, prescribed burning
Dr Richard Thornton Community at the top of the list all over the world emergency management, land management, prescribed burning
2016
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Dr Richard Thornton A new research agenda coastal, governance, recovery
Dr Richard Thornton Still busy at the CRC emergency management, fire severity, prescribed burning
Dr Richard Thornton Conference highlights key issues for the sector cyclone, mitigation, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Three years on and the view turns to research use emergency management, land management
Dr Richard Thornton The RAF, the future and outreach emergency management, land management
Dr Richard Thornton An interesting week in Malaysia emergency management, flood, tropical
Dr Richard Thornton Inconvenient truth about disaster mitigation fuel reduction, mitigation, policy
Dr Richard Thornton Research must advance to keep us safe from natural hazards communication, communities, emergency management
2015
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Dr Richard Thornton End of 2015 - the start of delivery
Dr Richard Thornton Insights from South Korea fire
Dr Richard Thornton Annual conference and new MoU
Dr Richard Thornton Happy second birthday to the CRC
Dr Richard Thornton CRC Program Review and New National Research Priorities
Dr Richard Thornton Important work on the national stage
Dr Richard Thornton It may feel like a quiet season, but don't get complacent communities, policy, risk management
Dr Richard Thornton Natural hazards—a wicked problem emergency management, multi-hazard, risk management
2014
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Dr Richard Thornton Portugal conference and end of 2014
Dr Richard Thornton We need your help and support - CRC Program Review
Dr Richard Thornton Wow – what a week!
Dr Richard Thornton Addition of natural hazards to bushfire - a seemingly simple task?
Dr Richard Thornton Strategic and policy landscape
Dr Richard Thornton One year on
Dr Richard Thornton Back at work
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Dr Richard Thornton Thank you - now let's get started
2013
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