Drawing on research and expertise in Australia and overseas we aim to accelerate innovation in mitigating bushfires and other natural disasters through the Minderoo Foundation Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program (WDRP).

“Minderoo Foundation’s Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program has come at the right time so that together we can tackle big systemic problems and turn them into opportunities for collective action.”

Sharon Cook
Chief Legal and Commercial Counsel, NAB

“What makes this approach different is the focus on innovation and technology through convening leading organisations and experts to develop a new national resilience blueprint, with the goal of making Australians safer – and transforming Australia into a global leader in fire and natural disaster resilience.”

Mason Davies
Partner, KPMG Australia

“This is an important juncture between philanthropy and commercial opportunities in investing for large scale impact, driving innovation and the ability for communities and industry to build back stronger.”

Elizabeth O’Leary
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

“A great opportunity to progress trialling and identification of autonomous systems and situational awareness  capabilities during the conduct of prescribed burns and other mitigation activities, to identify  new and innovative technologies for application  in  the  coming fire seasons.”

Stuart Ellis
CEO of the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services AFAC

“We are standing behind the Minderoo Foundation’s Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program efforts to boost collective resilience and keep these communities strong for the future.”

Jennifer Westacott
Business Council Chief Executive

Regrowth. Photo Credit: Andrew Merry.


Natural hazards are becoming more frequent, damaging and costly. People, infrastructure and assets are more exposed and vulnerable. The physical, societal, environmental and economic effects are long lasting and complex.

Global and national resilience frameworks show there is a need to take local knowledge and apply it to national systemic interventions that lift disaster resilience.

Innovation and development of approaches to disaster resilience can be aided by a contemporary philanthropic model that offers: speed of response, innovation and the ability to mobilise the best in Australia and from around the world, equity to ensure that the disadvantaged are taken care of, direction by rapidly delivering outcomes, and convening networks with a motive for delivering high impact outcomes.

Australia is new to this type of philanthropy and Minderoo Foundation is well positioned to lead by example in collaboration with others.


The objective of the Minderoo Foundation Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program (WDRP) is to drive a new model for global leadership in climate-induced disaster resilience, reducing societal, environmental and economic harm and positioning Australia as the emerging global leader in fire and flood resilience by 2030. The Program will draw upon a strong evidence base to develop a globally applicable National Blueprint for fire and flood disaster resilience.

Lift national resilience
Provide a unique philanthropic model for leading industry-led intervention to lift levels of fire and flood disaster resilience in Australia, in collaboration with government, industry and academia, and aligned to the National Disaster Reduction Framework and the Sendai Framework principle of building back stronger.

Deliver systemic outcomes
Identify at least two evidence-based, Mission Model systemic interventions underpinned by deep science and technology to help Australia become the global leader in fire and flood resilience before 2030.

Act quickly
Put in place practical, locally-focused short-term interventions, based on global best practices, to be implemented ahead of the commencement of the next Australian bushfire season in August 2020.

Partner with others who have solved or are focused on lifting Australia’s resilience including government, industry, academia and other philanthropic funds wherever they are in the world. We won’t duplicate efforts, but amplify them and address gaps.

Establish global translation pathways
Develop solutions for the Australian context, which can be applied globally and may provide opportunities for commercial export, to be realised by other parties.

Scaled execution excellence
Establish a reputation for attracting top talent to support execution and delivery at scale, creating an environment where talent can do the best work of their careers.


The program focus is on building four key resilience-related themes.

1. Resilient communities
  • Uplifting community fire and flood preparedness, awareness and knowledge based on local context and consideration of disasters that could develop in communities.
  • Improve recovery of services and built infrastructure to ensure the safety and health of communities.
  • Build knowledge about how individuals and communities respond in times of crisis to inform future interventions and plans.
2. Resilient landscapes and wildlife
  • Reduction in the extent and severity of fire and flood disaster impact on landscape, wildlife and the built environment, including best practices for systemic wildlife interventions.
  • Accurate and actionable risk-based frameworks that can be applied to a range of natural and built landscape contexts.
  • Reduction of social and economic contributions to disaster prone environments.
3. Enhanced disaster prediction
  • Longer-range catastrophic event prediction that links data from multiple sources including current weather data, the risk based propensity data, and historical data.
  • Early warning intervention through the identification and monitoring of key indicators.
  • Detailed and comprehensive mapping of natural disaster risk to improve situational awareness and inform risk governance, investment and preparedness.
4. Enhanced disaster response
  • Support the uplift in speed and accuracy for decision making during wildfire and flood disaster.
  • Accelerated mobilisation of fire-fighting assets and technologies in times of crisis.
  • Support the accessibility of fire-fighting assets and technologies to less accessible fire grounds.

Figure 1:
MWDR Program Themes


The WDRP aligns closely with the Sendai Framework, and the framework has been operationalised by the following Australian organisations:

  • Council of Australian Governments (COAG)
  • National Disaster Risk Reduction (Home affairs)

Having a common framework with other agencies that are involved in disaster resilience will facilitate collaboration and the exchange of information.

Program strategy

Practical Interventions

The WDRP will identify and define a set of practical, short-term interventions that can be implemented ahead of the commencement of the next Australian bushfire season in August 2020.

Systems Approach

The WDRP will identify at least two evidence-based, Mission Model systemic interventions underpinned by cutting-edge science and technology to help Australia become the global leader in fire and flood resilience before 2030.

Resilience Partner Network

As a trusted adviser and Program Manager, the WDRP will deliver a partnership model and co-contribution with government, industry and academia.


If you’d like to know more about the WDRP, download our detailed strategy document.

COllaborate with us

Thank you for expressing your interest in collaborating and supporting the Minderoo Foundation Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program (WDRP).

The WDRP will engage and partner with a range of global and local organisations in the execution of interventions aiming at building resilience. Partners will sit across government, businesses and non for profits. Partners are organisations with interests aligned to the WDRP that can provide relevant expertise, capabilities, financial and other resources to fulfill the missions defined under the WDRP.

Area(s) of interest to partner with Minderoo Foundation’s WDRP

As always, submission of an EOI does not guarantee an opportunity to collaborate. Should your organisation’s offering not be relevant at this point in time, it may be of interest in the future.