Research

Towards a national research program

Natural Hazards Research Australia is actively developing a new national research program that builds on existing research in natural hazards, including the work of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and its predecessor the Bushfire CRC. 

The research program will include short-, medium- and long-term research priorities and projects, alongside a portfolio of tactical, applied and strategic research with differing timeframes. 

The research will focus on natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction to support the needs of a variety of critical stakeholders including emergency service agencies and communities - in preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural hazards.  

Various elements of the research program are being developed in parallel. 

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Natural Hazards Research Australia

In July 2020, a joint statement was released by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, and the Minister for Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP that announced $88.1 million to extend funding for critical research into natural hazards. Read the statement here. Natural Hazards Research Australia was then established and is working closely with the Australian Government to develop a new strategic research agenda for Australia along with its partners. 

OBJECTIVES

Natural Hazards Research Australia will focus on natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction to support the needs of critical stakeholders and communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from future natural hazards.

The new Centre has three overarching objectives:

1 - The protection of human life, minimised harm and suffering – towards zero preventable deaths.

2 - Well-prepared and resilient communities:

  • communities better informed of the risks associated with an event and able to make informed decisions if faced with potential disaster
  • research that maintains community trust and confidence
  • communities better understanding the cost effectiveness of mitigation strategies.

3 - Research that translates into action:

  • research that is useful, usable and used.

RESEARCH THEMES

The new Centre's proposed research themes are: 

Foundational themes 

  • Communities and workforces of the future 
  • Sustainable, safe and healthy natural landscapes
  • Resilient built environments

Functional themes

  • Resilient communities 
  • Situational awareness
  • Operational response and innovation

Driving change themes 

  • Evidence-informed policy, strategy and foresight 
  • Learning from disasters

Please visit the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC site for all existing research while the Natural Hazards Research Australia research program is being developed.