The AFAC/Bushfire CRC Conference 2009

16th Annual AFAC Conference incorporating The Bushfire CRC Conference

22-24 September 2009, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia


The AFAC/ Bushfire CRC Conference is Australasia’s foremost annual emergency services conference, attracting up to 1,300 delegates from all over the world.

AFAC represents all fire, land management and emergency services agencies in Australia and New Zealand while the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre is the peak research body for the fire industry in this region.

The theme of the AFAC/CRC 2009 conference is ‘Meeting Expectations’.

The conference will examine the expectations placed upon the emergency services by:

  • Government
  • Community
  • Commercial sector
  • Itself

There will be vigorous discussion about how the emergency services interpret and strive to meet the expectations of all these groups. How do they measure, understand and respond to the various, often contradictory, demands and expectations from various sectors. What are they really striving to achieve? Are they successful?

Abstracts are invited from all sectors:

  • Emergency services personnel
  • Land managers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Industry
  • Federal and State Government
  • Local Government
  • Community/end-users.

You will be expected to demonstrate clearly how your sector meets or imposes expectations on the emergency services, and how these impact upon areas including:

  • service delivery
  • response capacity
  • community perceptions
  • staff capacity
  • business efficiency
  • security
  • technological capacity
  • safety

The conference will also examine the latest research, and best practices in the areas of:

  • wildland urban interface issues
  • urban fire
  • rescue
  • wildland fire
  • community safety
  • technology and communications
  • health and safety
  • aerial firefighting
  • suppression
  • fuels management
  • ecology & biodiversity
  • community preparedness and warnings
  • protection of people and property

AFAC’s Strategic Plan incorporates a series of Goals and Objectives which may also be the basis for papers exploring the achievement of those goals, or the progress of the strategies towards the goals.

To view these goals, go to

More Conference information and on-line submissions to

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
2684 Gold Coast Highway,Broadbeach
QLD 4218


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