Australia’s research centre for natural hazards resilience and disaster risk reduction

This is an interim website for Natural Hazards Research Australia in its early establishment phase. It will be updated regularly with information on the development of the research program, partner meetings and other activities.

On 1 July 2021, the Australian Government announced the establishment of a new natural hazards and disaster research centre.

Natural Hazards Research Australia is working closely with the Australian Government to develop a new strategic research agenda for Australia along with its partners at the CSIRO, AFAC, state-based emergency service agencies, universities and industry partners. 

Natural Hazards Research Australia is now in its establishment phase. To learn about recent progress in establishing the Centre, visit our News page.

An extensive series of sector-wide workshops and meetings with potential end-user and research partners were held in August 2021 to define and develop a long-term research program. For more information on these workshops, see Events

Based on these workshops, a discussion paper was developed and released on 6 October, and feedback was collected until 24 October. The discussion paper, Research priorities for disaster risk reduction and community resilience to the impacts of natural hazards, can be found hereFeedback has now closed. Thank you to everyone for their submissions. If you missed the deadline, you can still contribute to the direction of our research program by emailing  

On 18 November, information about the first round of research was released, along with the launch of the education program and quick response funding. Details about each can be found on the Research page.

Expressions of Interest for research providers for a project exploring lifeline resilience for regional and remote communities opened on 1 December. More details can be found here. Expressions of Interest closed on 21 December. A further Expression of Interest will follow for another round one project in early 2022.