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Research priorities discussion paper

Natural Hazards Research Australia is currently seeking to understand the research priorities from the perspectives of end-user stakeholders.

This began with a survey of end-user stakeholders and was followed by national workshops in August 2021 for eight research themes. We have now had an opportunity to review the information that was contributed.

Discussion paper - this information has been brought together here: Research priorities discussion paper

Feedback - your feedback on this discussion paper can be provided using this form. The feedback form is open until 11:59pm on 24 October 2021, but we encourage early replies.

For guidance on how to provide feedback please read this first:

  • Click here if you are an end-user or other stakeholder.
  • Click here if you are a researcher or research organisation.

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. Read the statement here.

Natural Hazards Research Australia will build on current research into bushfires and natural hazards including the work of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (which ended active research on 30 June 2021) and its predecessor, the Bushfire CRC. The new centre 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.

Objectives

The new centre will focus on natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction to support the needs of emergency service agencies and communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from future natural hazard disasters. 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

  • utilisation opportunities in data management, emerging technology and research.

Please visit the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC site for all current research while the Natural Hazards Research Australia is under development.

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