Systems Approach

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

This will be achieved under a “Mission Model” of program delivery aimed at solving ambitious goals to drive large scale outcomes that will have lasting systemic impact.

The model works on a problem-solving design and planning to ensure clarity of desired end-state and pathways for delivery at scale, activating multi-disciplinary teams. The Missions will work with contributors and partners with a track record of delivery and create an environment of joint responsibility for outcomes.

The evidence base for Missions will take the form of a “Resilience Blueprint”, which is under development. The Resilience Blueprint will:

  • Provide an evidence base for Mission priorities and allocation of funding to deliver lasting, systemic lifts in fire and flood resilience nationally and for application globally.
  • Identify world-leading practices in resilience, which will guide WDRP investment and deliver world-class capability.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and co-investment with key stakeholders in industry, academia, government and operational end-users, so as to leverage the Program investment and increase capacity to deliver new capabilities.
  • Align WDRP investments to national and international resilience standards and measures to ensure a coordinated approach and the ability to deliver a quantifiable step-change in wildfire and flood resilience.
  • Consider where world-leading expertise, research and development exists which can deliver new capabilities to improve disaster resilience.
  • Determine the role of this philanthropic endeavour and alignment with other programs to deliver focused and scaled impact, including aligned commercial programs led and managed by others.
  • Provide guidance on opportunities for other non-government organisations and industry partners to contribute to lasting wildfire and flood disaster resilience.

Kangaroo Island six weeks on, following the devastating bushfires

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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.

“Telstra is pleased to partner with Minderoo Foundation’s Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program on this important initiative to help strengthen Australia’s resilience, with a focus on making the greatest impact in high risk and disaster affected areas.”

Jules Scarlett
Government, Regional Affairs & Sustainability Executive

“We need a better grasp of the complexities to achieve change, and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is excited to support Minderoo Foundation’s Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program to ensure that the community continues to benefit from research to reduce the effects of natural hazards.”

Dr Richard Thornton
CEO of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

“Our Fellowship of esteemed Australian scientists will share their expertise and collaborate with the Minderoo Foundation to help develop a new national resilience blueprint.”

Anna-Maria Arabia
Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

“We’re pleased to partner with the Minderoo Foundation’s Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program to work together on innovative and data-driven solutions to improve community resilience and help mitigate the impacts of natural disasters on people, communities and the infrastructure they depend on.”

Ramana James
IAG Executive General Manager

“The resilience of our electricity and gas networks is a critical enabler of the community’s ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters. As we observe an increasing frequency of extreme heat and fire events impacting our energy infrastructure, AEMO is pleased to support and provide advice to the Wildfire Disaster and Resilience Program.”

Audrey Zibelman
CEO, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

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