To better understand the complex nature of fire and how it interacts with climate change, biodiversity, fragmentation of natural landscapes, urbanisation, weeds and pest animals, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment engages in and fosters scientific research. This research also guides the Department's fire management activities to ensure that the fire regimes in native vegetation are appropriate for the long-term persistence of ecological communities, species and populations of native plants and animals, the protection and conservation of cultural heritage, and for people's safety and enjoyment. Within the Department, the Fire and Cultural Science Unit delivers science informed by cultural and ecological knowledge to improve fire management and sustain country.
Fire research is delivered by the Department scientists and external research partners, in line with the Scientific Rigour requirements (PDF 208KB) and the 2017 review bushfire research. This ensures our research meets globally accepted standards for scientific rigour from start to finish, providing robust scientific evidence to support management decisions.
The Department currently supports fire research through the following main avenues:
- specialist fire ecologists within our Fire and Cultural Science Unit
- the Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub
- as a member of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
- the Saving our Species Program
- various fire research projects carried out by other parts of the Department
- cooperative projects with, and logistical support to, universities and other institutions undertaking bushfire-related research.