The Fire Fund

Australia is battling an unprecedented bushfire season, with large fires burning across the country devastating communities, industries and wildlife.

The Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund project will help rebuild communities and revitalise local economies and develop a long-term blueprint for fire resilience in Australia.

The Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund comprises three distinct areas – response, recovery and resilience.


Minderoo Foundation has committed to mobilise volunteers from Western Australia to assist firefighting operations and recovery efforts in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia, in response to direct requests from relevant authorities and communities. At least 1250 volunteers are expected to be needed.

Travel and accommodation expenses for these specialised volunteers – including firefighters, medics, tradespeople, mental health workers and ground clean up personnel – will be covered by Minderoo Foundation. Minderoo will also leverage its networks in Western Australia to rally volunteers, equipment, supplies and funding, particularly from the resources and agriculture industries.

Minderoo Foundation has committed $10 million to fund the Response stream and will encourage others to donate, both locally and abroad, to at least match this amount.


The Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund project will help support communities rebuild and revitalise local economies in the aftermath of the bushfires.

The initiative will provide funds directly to communities, in collaboration with organisations such as Australian Red Cross and The Salvation Army, with all administration costs covered by Minderoo.

Minderoo Foundation has committed $10 million to start the Recovery fund and will encourage others to donate, both locally and abroad, to at least match this amount.

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Minderoo Foundation will also invest in building long term resilience by convening leading experts to develop a globally relevant national blueprint for fire and disaster resilience.

With the support of leading international non-profit environmental organisation Conservation International, these efforts will draw on existing research and expertise in Australia and overseas and accelerate innovation to develop new approaches to mitigate bushfires.

Focus areas could include climate change, mental health, science and technology, environmental conservation, water security and land management, among others. It is intended the project will address the factors that contribute to and cause natural disasters and the considerations that govern our response to such crises.

The project will also work to pilot new practices and invest in the application of evidence-based techniques and strategies. It will be led by Adrian Turner, an experienced international executive and a former CEO of CSIRO’s Data61 project, the data and digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency. Minderoo Foundation will establish this project in early 2020 and launch a global effort to engage contributors and funders to raise approximately $500 million. Minderoo Foundation will kick start this fundraising effort with a $50 million commitment.

About the Organisation

Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation.

We take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change.

We incubate ideas and accelerate impact.

We push the limits of what is believed possible.

Minderoo is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $1.5 billion committed to a range of global initiatives. Our team comprises over 75 employees across seven locations.

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