The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre was established under the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program. The CRC Program is an Australian Government initiative. The Bushfire CRC is no longer receiving Commonwealth funding and is no longer a part of or associated with the CRC Program.
The Bushfire CRC conducted research into the social, environmental and economic impacts of bushfires.
After an initial grant through the Australian Government’s CRC program in 2003 combined with substantial partner resources, the Bushfire CRC was now funded to Jue 2014 to address key issues raised by major fires.
The Bushfire CRC was made up of all the fire and land management agencies in Australia and New Zealand, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Attorney General's Department and several other fire related organisations.
In February 2013, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a $47 million Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC, that began on 1 July 2013.
The research programs of the Bushfire CRC contained a wide range of projects. The programs involved members of fire and land management organisations, universities, Australian Federal Government agencies, and New Zealand forest research agencies.
The research outputs of the Bushfire CRC do not necessarily represent the views, policies, practices or positions of any of the individual agencies or organisations that are members of the Bushfire CRC.
The Bushfire CRC’s mission was to enhance the management of the bushfire risk to the community in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.
It included the following objectives:
- To develop an internationally renowned centre of excellence to lead bushfire research in Australia
- To provide a research framework that will improve the effectiveness of bushfire management agencies
- To increase the self-sufficiency of communities in managing the risks from bushfires.
What is a CRC?
Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) are funded through an Australian Government program to bring together researchers from universities,and other government organisations, and private industry or public sector agencies in long-term collaborative arrangements that support research and development and education activities to achieve real outcomes of national economic and social significance.
The program emphasises the importance of developing collaborative arrangements between researchers and between researchers and research users in the private and public sector in order to maximise the capture of the benefits of publicly funded research through an enhanced process of commercialisation or utilisation by the users of that research.
These arrangements establish strong collaborative links between researchers and end users and others in order to create a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research environment focussed on addressing industry and user needs.
There are currently almost 50 CRCs in the program. More on the CRC Program at www.crc.gov.au