This study is investigating how organisations can improve their capacity to learn through experience. Photo: New Zealand Fire Service

Emergency Management Capability

Evidence from inquiries into major disasters, as well as government--‐based policy research suggests that incidents associated with natural hazards are increasing in complexity, duration, and the number of agencies that are involved. At the same time financial constraints from government, declining volunteer numbers, an aging workforce and workforce restructuring are presenting Agencies with significant challenges. Together these factors have the potential to compromise the effectiveness of an Agency’s capacity to respond and recover to emergencies.

As a consequence during response and recovery efforts, there is likely to be an increased frequency of degraded situations, breakdowns within and between teams and the occurrence of errors. These problems will play out within the context of a decreasing tolerance in the community and their political representatives to emergency management coordination failure.

This cluster of research projects aims to improve the ability of Agencies to respond to complex, time-constrained emergencies by providing options for improving organisational agility and tools for improving real-time decision making.

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CRC funded projects’ details research conducted by the core, CRC funded, program.

Projects in ‘commissioned research’ detail research the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has, or is, conducting directly for a partner organisation, outside of the core, CRC funded, program. These projects are included on this page as their topic relates to this cluster, and the findings may be of interest.  

Tactical Research Fund Projects

Emergency Management Capability
Project Research leader Affiliation
SES physical fitness for role
Robbie Savage Human Performance Science
AFAC17 logo

AFAC17 logo

All the resources from our 2017 conference

National research priorities for natural hazards

National research priorities for natural hazards

National priorities for research

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

Research findings from 2017 NSW fires

Four years of highlights

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

Research clusters