Each year, thousands of bushfires fires are deliberately lit around Australia. Many of these fires have significant detrimental effects on human life, communities, ecosystems and the economy. However, current responses to bushfire arson prevention are not commensurate with the magnitude of the impact of fire on our community.
The Australian Bushfire Arson Prevention Initiative, which was established in mid-2009 with seed funding from RACV Insurance, aims to advance national action on bushfire arson prevention. The Initiative is a collaboration of the Monash Sustainability Institute and the Monash Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science in Melbourne, Victoria, and Bond University in the Gold Coast, Queensland.