The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre is providing a long term knowledge base that directly supports emergency services and other government and non-government agencies protect their communities through work to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural hazards.
The multi-disciplinary eight-year research program covers major national issues across the natural hazards spectrum. The CRC’s strength is its collective nature – it is a partnership of all Australian and New Zealand fire, land and emergency service agencies; more than 30 universities; plus many federal, state and local government departments; professional and volunteer associations; and not-for-profit organisations.
The research program has been developed and delivered under the direction of the researchers and end-user agencies, who are working closely together to ensure that the research is embedded into the planning, policies and operations of partner organisations, and into the development of new research projects for the benefit of all partners. Shorter-term research consultancies are also undertaken.
The economic and social costs of disasters in Australia and New Zealand is continuing to increase, but under current arrangements, CRC funding ceases in June 2021. The need for an evidence base relevant to the challenges faced now, and in the future, is growing. Collectively, the important questions must continue to be asked. The future is not just a linear extension of what is known now.
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