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Our webinar dates for 2022 have been confirmed, more details to follow shortly. Our aim is to provide high quality and relevant information to help households get bushfire resilient. Our webinars are well attended and are highly regarded. Please register above to join our email list so you can be kept informed

Webinar dates for 2022

July 20
August 3
August 17
September 7
September 21

Viewer participation

Average number of  viewers per webinar 206
Post Webinar Survey responses 60% of audience
Percentage of viewers inspired to take action 95%

Viewer ratings

Overall Session 91% Excellent or Very Good
Information Relevance 90% Excellent or Very Good
Recommend to others 85% Very Likely, 15% Likely

Bitesize Topics from our Resource Hub

Our Resource Hub contains a wealth of expert information and includes many Bitesize topics to help you target the specific bushfire risks that may apply to your home and property

Treated pine

Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO
CCA treated pine presents a significant fire risk

Water tanks

Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO
A ruptured plastic or fiberglass tank against a shed or a house is equivalent to driving a car into the side of the structure at about 50km/hr

Gas bottles

Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO
In a fire 9-60kg gas bottles can turn into a flame thrower or a bomb. Installing them securely could save your home.


Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO
What are the risks of decks, outside furniture, under floor storage and stairways?


Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO
It doesn’t matter how bushfire resilient your home is, it will fail if you store flammable items under it.


Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO
Embers are an absolute certainty in a bushfire. They are the most prevalent cause of house loss.
If you know what to do and take action you can reduce the risk of your home being destroyed.

2021 Webinar Series

Our 2021 webinars explored common household bushfire risks with a specific focus on water tanks, pumps and sprinklers. We also presented about the human challenges and how to prepare both physically and emotionally. We highlighted the importance of knowing the triggers to take action and the importance of having sheltering options included in your bushfire plan.

Reduce your house and property risk

7.30pm Wednesday 21 July 2021
  • Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO

Get water ready: Tanks, pumps and sprinklers

7.30pm Wednesday 4 August
  • Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO

Your physical and emotional preparation

7.30pm Thursday 19 August 2021
  • Dr Danielle Clode, Flinders University
  • Dr Rob Gordon OAM
  • Dr Jim McLennan

Triggers to take action

7.30pm Wednesday 1 September 2021
  • Dr Kevin Tolhurst AM, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Katharine Haynes, Macquarie University
  • Dr Danielle Clode, Flinders University
  • Dr Raphaele Blanchi, CSIRO

Your sheltering options

7.30pm Wednesday 15 September 2021
  • Dr Raphaele Blanchi, CSIRO
  • Dr Katharine Haynes, University of Wollongong
  • Dr Chloe Begg, CFA

2020 Webinar Series

Our 2020 webinars focused on how houses are destroyed by bushfires and what actions could be taken to harden up your house. We also looked at climate change and how to factor it into your bushfire plan. Our experts from the insurance and building industries talked about getting your insurance right and what you need to know about rebuilding

How houses are destroyed by bushfires

7.30pm Tuesday 27 October 2020
  • Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO

How to harden an existing house

7.30pm Thursday 5 November 2020
  • Dr Justin Leonard, CSIRO

Getting your insurance right

7.30pm Tuesday 10 November 2020
  • Denis Nelthorpe, Consumer Lawyer
  • Clare Cordingley, Insurance Council
  • Helda Sidaoui, Suncorp
  • Georgina Dircks, IAG

Understanding rebuilding

7.30pm Thursday 19 November 2020
  • Rosa Zouzoulas, Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Julie Bowyer, Cardinia Shire Council
  • Mark Holland, CFA
  • Peter Collina, Victorian Building Authority
  • Renae Ahern, Nillumbik Shire Council
  • John Ginivan, Strategic Planner
  • Kevin Hazell, Bushfire Planning

Make better decisions about bushfire risk in our changing climate

7.30pm Thursday 26 November 2020
  • Dr Kevin Tolhurst AM, University of Melbourne
  • Michael Vermeulen, CFA

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