A key reason for establishing the Bushfire CRC in 2003 was the national shortage of bushfire researchers and the absence of a national succession plan for the few fire scientists that remained. The education program was committed under the Commonwealth Agreement to have 20 qualified PhD graduates at 2010.
The program has fostered the scientific careers of 42 researchers at PhD level, with 22 submitted by end of October 2010, and several others due to submit by early 2011. When combined with post–doctoral fellows, the Bushfire CRC can claim credit for more than 80 new researchers working in the area, many with international recognition. This is providing a lasting research capability for the industry.