Research leader

Andrew Gissing Research Leader
Lucinda Coates Research Leader

Research team

Jonathan van Leeuwen Research Team
Ashley Avci Research Team
Jacob Evans Research Team
Steven George Research Team
Dr Katharine Haynes Research Team
James O'Brien Research Team
Foster Langbein Research Team

End User representatives

Geoff Kaandorp End-User
Julie Harris End-User
Amanda Leck End-User

Preventable residential fire fatalities in Australia remain a significant public health problem, with an average of 64 fatalities each year. Deaths from residential fires have significant social, economic and emotional impacts on individuals, families, communities and also on the firefighters and other emergency service workers who attend these tragic incidents.

For the first time in over 14 years, this study provides an update on the evidence around the extent of preventable residential fire fatalities in Australia, those people most at risk and the details of fire incidents and residences where fatal fires have occurred. It provides a set of data that fire services and other stakeholders can use to develop evidence-based policy and practice to reduce the occurrence of fatal residential fires.

Read the final report here.

Year Type Citation
2019 Report Coates, L. et al. Preventable residential fire fatalities in Australia July 2003 to June 2017. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).