Fire to Flourish

An agenda for change: community-led disaster resilience.


  • Professor Brian Martin
    Monash Art, Design and Architecture
  • Briony C. Rogers
    Lara Werbeloff
    Cathy Wilkinson
    Francis Archer
    Peter Bragge
    Jane Fisher
    Rebecca Wickes
    Helen Forbes-Mewitt
    David Johnston
    Shirin Malekpour
    Paul Satur
    Caroline Spencer
    Alyse Lennox
    Monash University
  • Kerry Jones
    Simone Mandl
    Carla Clarence
    Lauren Anseline
    The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Partner organisations

  • Monash Sustainable Development Institute
  • Paul Ramsay Foundation
  • The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)

While the 2019/20 summer bushfires were devastating for communities and individuals, they also provide an opportunity to approach disaster recovery and resilience-building with communities at the centre, reflecting the priorities of locals and helping to build pathways for thriving futures.

Fire to Flourish CEO Briony Rogers

The $50 million program will trial and scale a new model of community-led recovery that supports bushfire-affected communities to co-create the foundations for their long-term resilience and wellbeing.

Over five years, Fire to Flourish will focus on creating and embedding a long-lasting foundation for local leadership and action that can help drive recovery efforts in communities whose long-term experience of disadvantage was exacerbated by the 2019/20 summer bushfires.

Monash’s large-scale transdisciplinary approach will build an evidence base to demonstrate what can be achieved when communities are not just recipients of recovery funds, but are supported to lead their own recovery and resilience-building.