Bushfires Agency Directory

Enclosed below is an agency directory, particularly for some key organisations involved in the Recovery Stage of the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires scenario.  This has been updated as at June 2020.


GTAV bushfire article

This is a copy of the bushfire-related article entitled ‘ Bushfires:  Is the 2019/2020 bushfire season a portent for the future?’, which Chris wrote in January 2020 for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV)’s quareterly magazine ‘Interaction’.  The GTAV link to this is https://www.gtav.asn.au/resources/interaction-current-issues, but this article can also be found here on this TorqAid link.


The article highlights the Emergency Response initiatives carried out during December 2019 through to January 2020, and the likely Recovery challenges which will emerge through the (2020) year.  It also includes some comments on likely future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, these including some related to Climate Change.  The GTAV article includes a number of classroom activities for Geography and other subjects.


May Update

Enclosed is the link to the TorqAid May 2020 Monthly Update.  This includes details on the forthcoming online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program (running from the 27th July until the 8th November); the related Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework article; the TorqAid Toolkit; and articles on Australian Bushfires and COVID-19.



online pdrm registration

Follow the link below for the Registration Form in word, which should be completed for the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program.  This runs from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020.


Note that the brochure for this online PDRM can also be accessed from the link below.


online pdrm assignment

Follow this link for the assignment details for the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management Program (PDRM) which is being facilitated from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020.


Follow the link below if you’d also like to accss the brochure for this online PDRM program.


Bushfire CRV training

Currently Chris, working as the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV)s Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) is working with the BUV and the Baptist Unions in NSW & ACT to develop a practical training program for their bushfire-related Community Recovery Volunteers (CRVs).  These are people selected and trained up to provide ongoing informal support for bushfire-affected families from the 2019/20 Australian bushfires.  Currently, seven key area of training and orientation are being developed, these being:

  • An understanding/overview of the 2019/2020 bushfires
  • The importance of psychosocial and social restoration
  • The need for effective coordination and information sharing
  • The challenge facing people who’ve lost their homes, of living in temporary accommodation over the winter period
  • The challenge of economic restoration, particularly for primary producers and small businesses
  • The complications of effective interaction with affected folk, due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown
  • The ongoing debate on the role of climate change on bushfires, and subsequent effective future disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives to ensure safer communities


Enclosed is a Coronavirus COVID-19 information sheet (version 8, dated 1st June 2020). It includes first of all key material relating to Australia and Victoria, this including links to the Australian Government, the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Health, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and the ABC.  It also includes the latest material on the global pandemic as produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO), John Hopkins University (JHU), the BBC, Our World in data, and, for those working in particularly vulnerable countries, ACAPS .


The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July to the 8th November, and this includes a number of assignment questions which include the effects of COVID-19.   The link to the PDRM is given below:



Bushfires Bibliography

Enclosed is a bibliography, updated in June 2020, which includes some key references to the Australian 2019/20 bushfire sesason.  These include a few essential background readings related to climate change generally.


TorqAid Update

Greetings for 2020 !

The monthly TorqAid Update ‘ www.torqaid.com/torqaid-update provides a range of useful material for the global humanitarian or development practitioner.  Currently there are over 500 subscribers to this Update.  Included in this January 2020 Update are the following:

  • The TorqAid Toolkit – www.torqaid.com/torqaid-toolkit, a useful compendium of resources.  This includes the various training options offered by TorqAid, as well as some useful material or seminal articles.  This includes a Humanitarian and Development Bibliography, as well as a Humanitarian and Development Agency Directory
  • An updated article entitled a ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’  www.torqaid.com/drm-framework . This includes four key TorqAid diagrams; a section on risk; and some key Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC).
  • A post/blog on bushfires –  www.torqaid.com/bushfires .  This is particularly relevant viz-a-viz the current bushfires ravaging a number of Australian States and Territories.  It includes a bibliography and agency directory, which in turn highlight lessons learnt from earlier bushfires (such as the 2009 Victorian ones).


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Chris Piper is an experienced, multi-skilled, Community Engagement Practitioner (CEP), Global Humanitarian Practitioner (GHP), Teacher/Trainer/Facilitator, and Researcher.  As well as ongoing ‘one-off’ community engagement, humanitarian, teaching/training and research initiatives, he also works as a Community Engagement and Training Adviser (CETA) and Global Humanitarian Adviser (GHA) for clients on a longer-term relationship basis.  Follow the link below to his CETA profile.


Also note the link below to his GHA profile.