On 1 July 2021, the Australian Government announced the establishment of the new natural hazards and disaster research centre, with $85 million in funding to deliver critical research into natural hazards.
The establishment of Natural Hazards Research Australia continues the coordinated national research effort of two Cooperative Research Centres – the Bushfire CRC and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - over the last 18 years and will address the major challenges arising from recent natural hazards, including the 2019-20 bushfire season.
That communities will be safer, more resilient and sustainable in the face of natural hazards.
To work with partners and the community on research that is useful, actionable and supportive of better decision-making to save lives and protect communities.
Getting up and running
Natural Hazards Research Australia is now working closely with the Australian Government to develop a new strategic research agenda for Australia along with its partners at CSIRO, AFAC, state-based emergency service agencies, universities and industry partners.
When the Australian Government funding was announced for the new centre in 2020, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC received as part of the announcement, $2 million to immediately investigate key issues from the 2019-20 bushfire season. These projects are continuing under Natural Hazards Research Australia.
The establishment phase of Natural Hazards Research Australia began in July 2021 and involved an extensive series of sector-wide workshops and meetings with potential end-user and research partners to define and develop a long-term research program. Many Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partners and research organisations have already expressed a keenness to be involved, as have many new players from government, community, industry and the research sectors.
Based on these workshops, a discussion paper was developed and released on 6 October, with feedback open until 24 October. The discussion paper, Research priorities for disaster risk reduction and community resilience to the impacts of natural hazards, feedback guide and feedback form can be found here.
Standby for more updates on Natural Hazards Research Australia and in the meantime stay connected and informed through the continued outputs of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Dr Richard Thornton is the CEO of the Natural Hazards Research Australia.
Former CRC staff can still be contacted in the usual way on matters concerning both the CRC and Natural Hazards Research Australia.
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