We are hiring - Communications Officer

We are hiring - Communications Officer

The role

An exciting opportunity exists for a qualifed and experienced communicator to join the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. The Communications Officer will work within the communications team to translate and promote the CRC research program across a range of communications and public relations functions, as well as promote the CRC through the production of media and marketing products and other communications and events activities. The role reports to the Communications Director and is a full time, fixed term contract to 30 June 2021. 


  • Writing and editing science content across a wide range of channels 
  • Assist with media liaison 
  • Create, source, curate, monitor and track CRC social media 
  • Assist with engaging visual content for print, social media and web channels 
  • Photography and videography
  • Website and database maintenance 
  • Event support

About you 

Tertiary qualified, you will be highly organised, have excellent written communication skills, be flexible and adaptable with a high attention to detail and capacity to meet deadlines in order to deliver quality outcomes. Working in a small team, the incumbent must be multi-skilled, proactive and creative and can work autonomously using significant initiative across a range of responsibilities. Three to five years experience is desirable. 

Applications close at 5pm 28 January

All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria located in the position description. Submit completed applications to leanne.beattie@bnhcrc.com.au by 5pm 28 January 2020. Download the position description

Expressions of interest sought – positive mental health for young adult volunteers

Expressions of interest sought – positive mental health for young adult volunteers

A new research opportunity is available to explore how to best maintain positive mental health and wellbeing for young adult emergency service volunteers. This Expression of Interest is open to all organisations interested in these projects, not just existing partners of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. 

The Expression of Interest closes on 3 February.

Funded through the CRC’s Tactical Research Fund, this project will aim to:

  • understand the current state of knowledge and practice in minimising the psychological impacts of potentially traumatising events 
  • provide a framework and guidance for fire and emergency services agencies that help them support positive mental health and wellbeing of early career volunteers, with a particular focus on volunteers aged 16 - 25.  

This project will build on key findings from 2018’s National mental health and wellbeing study of police and emergency services, conducted in partnership by the CRC and Beyond Blue.

The research question the project seeks to answer is: What can be done at an individual, local and organisation-wide level to minimise the short and long-term impacts of potentially traumatising events, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for young adult (16-25 year old) volunteers in emergency service organisations? 

More information, including full submission details, are available below.

  1. Call for expression of interest 

Any enquiries or request for further documentation related to these EOI should be directed to David Boxshall: david.boxshall@bnhcrc.com.au 

Tactical Research Fund

Tactical Research Fund

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC established the Tactical Research Fund in 2017 to encourage the development of short duration research projects meeting the well-defined 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 research projects or 12 months or less duration, addressing strategic issues for the sector and that have national significance.  

The Tactical Research Fund is highly competitive. The CRC typically allocates $250,000 (ex-GST) per year and on average funds three projects a year. Individual projects can request up to $100,000.  

The Tactical Research Fund will accept proposals from 18 February 2019 and will close when all available funding has been contracted to projects, or on 31 October 2019. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered for funding but can be re-submitted in future Tactical Research Funding rounds. For more information go here.

Quick response funding

Quick response funding

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC have funding available for quick response research following natural hazards. The aim is to provide support for researchers to travel to areas affected by natural hazards (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 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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