A new chapter in Australia’s national natural hazards research began in July last year with the establishment of Natural Hazards Research Australia (NHRA).
The successor of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and its predecessor, the Bushfire CRC, NHRA is funded with $85m over 10 years from the Australian Government along with contributions from partners.
Its role is to work with partners and the community to produce usable research that creates safer and more resilient communities.
Since its inception, NHRA has been developing a strategic natural hazards research agenda for Australia, and establishing all the programs and processes that a national centre needs – governance and staff, nodes in states and territories, initial research programs, an education program, funding opportunities, fresh branding, a media presence, and much more.
Dr Richard Thornton will provide an overview of NHRA’s progress to date.