Bringing it all together - research synthesis

The research program of the Bushfire CRC is being synthesized into a series of reports to draw together the key learnings from a range of projects. The first synthesis report on community safety research has been completed.
In April 2014, close to 40 community safety practitioners gathered at the AFAC offices in Melbourne to review the past 10 years of Bushfire CRC research into community safety. The group discussed trends and identified the key themes that have emerged from the research.

The hands on workshop allowed participants from agencies right across Australasia including the fire services, State Emergency Services and Surf Life Saving Australia, to contribute their own thoughts about the research and to share community safety knowledge amongst their interstate and international colleagues.

Facilitated by Professor Timothy Skinner, who has spent the past 18 years undertaking research in promoting behaviour change, the two day event saw a number of key themes emerge and these are reflected in the final report by Professor Skinner. Download the report.

The Programs

Understanding the Risk

The work in this program seeks to understand the underlying risk exposure of the community and the things it values. .

Communicating the Risk

This program of work focuses on the communication of risk and threat: how are warnings and information best communicated?

Managing the Threat

This program considers the impact of fire events on important infrastructure, resources and the environment.

Research program 2003-2010

The Bushfire CRC, began its operations on 1 July 2003 with four inter-related research programs with a seven year plan.

A: Safe Prevention, Preparation and Suppression

B Management of Fire in the Landscape

C: Community Self-Sufficiency for Fire Safety

D: Protection of People and Property


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 who are members of the Bushfire CRC.

Principal Scientific Advisers

The four Principal Scientific Advisers provide a scientific oversight of the whole research program.