Briefing paper

Background paper: Cultural burning practices in Australia

This paper provides background about cultural burning practices in Australia and surveys some of the literature about the practice.
Discussion paper

Issues paper: firefighting and emergency services personnel and equipment

This paper provides a brief overview of some of the issues that affect firefighters and other emergency service providers, and poses a number of questions concerning how they are recruited, trained and supported; how their equipment is managed; how they communicate during an emergency; and...
Briefing paper

Background paper: Land management – hazard reduction: a literature review

This literature review focuses predominantly on prescribed burning, which has been used in Australia as the preferred method to reduce fuel loads and fuel continuity and thus has received the most attention in the scientific literature. The paper also canvasses literature related to mechanical fuel...
Discussion paper

Issues paper: local governments and natural disasters

Local governments will often have a more detailed understanding of their local communities and resources than other levels of government. They may be a key source of information for their communities. Emergency response services also commonly rely on the knowledge, support and expertise of local...
Discussion paper

Issues paper: health arrangements in natural disasters

This paper provides an overview of Australia's health care arrangements and discusses the role of primary care providers, the health effects of bushfire smoke, and whether there is a need for greater research into any particular health effects of natural disasters.

Australia, you have unfinished business. It’s time to let our ‘fire people’ care for this land

This article explores why Australia needs to incorporate Aboriginal knowledge to tackle future bushfire crises.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Were Queensland fire danger indices historically high for early September?

With fires raging across Queensland by the first week of September, Inspector for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Andrew Sturgess called the weather conditions before the fires "an historic event".

Social justice and the future of fire insurance in Australia

Major bushfires are now occurring with increased frequency. This means that houses will be more at risk than ever and Australia will have to decide whether the current purely market-based mechanism is the best means of protecting people’s homes.

Everyday humanitarianism during the 2019/2020 Australian bushfire crisis

The specific purpose of this rapid scoping project is to identify, describe and, where possible, map the location of the humanitarian behaviours enacted by individuals and community groups in response to the bushfire crisis. This focus of this study is on the activities and initiatives...
Working paper

Aboriginal peoples and the response to the 2019-2020 bushfires

This paper presents some initial information about the Aboriginal population that has been affected by the 2019–2020 bushfires.