Consulting

The Australian Resilience Centre (formerly Interface NRM) consults to state and federal government agencies, regional NRM bodies, CSIRO, universities, research and development corporations and non-government organisations.

We have worked with regional NRM bodies throughout Australia to design and facilitate processes on resilience assessment, strategic planning, governance, adaptation and transformation, and climate change adaptation planning.

“Paul helped us by thinking through solutions and potential options for wicked problems. I really like his intelligent and thoughtful approach to understanding the complex, multi-faceted issues we face. Because of his experience and approach, we have gone back to Paul to facilitate workshops and deliver training. His facilitation style has meant that I have no hesitation putting him in front of stakeholders with different interests – he navigates difficult and confronting conversations in a professional, yet affable, way.”

Policy and Planning Advisor, SA

Our clients and collaborators:

Research Institutions, Universities and R&Ds:

  • CSIRO
  • Knowledge Network for Enhancing Transformation, University of Dundee, Scotland
  • The Australian National University
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • RMIT University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
  • Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
  • Cotton Research & Development Corporation
  • Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre

Natural Resource Management (NRM) regional bodies:

  • National NRM Chairs Forum
  • Victoria:
    • Goulburn Broken and North East Catchment Management Authorities.
  • New South Wales:
    • Murray, Lower Murray-Darling, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Southern Rivers, Namoi, Western, Central West, Northern Rivers, Border-Rivers Gwydir and Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authorities (now Local Land Services).
  • Queensland:
    • Terrain NRM, Northern Gulf Regional Management Group, Cape York NRM and Torres Strait Regional Authority.
  • South Australia:
    • South Australia Murray-Darling Basin, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Arid Lands, Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island NRM Boards.
  • Western Australia:
    • Wheatbelt NRM and South West Catchments Council.
  • Australian Capital Territory:
    • ACT NRM Council

Federal, State and Local government agencies

  • Natural Resources Commission (NSW)
  • Natural Resources Management Council (SA)
  • Office of the Environment and Heritage (NSW)
  • Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (now Department of the Environment)
  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)
  • City West Water (Vic)
  • Sydney Coastal Councils Group

Not-for-profit organisations

  • Resilience Planning Community of Practice
  • Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
  • Greening Australia
  • Central Victorian Biolinks Project
  • Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project

Private companies

  • GHD Australia
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Our current and recent projects:

CSIRO

 

Universities

  • Charles Sturt University 
    • Development and co-delivery of post graduate subject ‘Resilience thinking and ecologically sustainable development’
  • University of Dundee (Scotland)
    • Collaborator: Knowledge Network for Enhancing Transformation
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University (Sweden)
    • Development and delivery of a course on resilience assessment and planning
  • RMIT University
    • Facilitation of workshops: adaptation pathways planning for coastal biodiversity
  • The Australian National University 
    • Consultant: Potential water quantity and quality impacts in the Murray-Darling Basin for communities responding to climate change.
  • University of Technology Sydney
    • Contributor: National Water Commission Ecosystems Services Project Report.
  • University of Tasmania
    • Development and delivery of Resilience Masterclass for academic staff and post-graduate students
    • Workshop design and facilitation: Climate ready objectives

Research & Development Corporations

  • Consultant to the project ‘Transformation for Resilient Landscapes and Regions’ funded by Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
  • Consultant to the project ‘Resilience of the Cotton Industry’ funded by Cotton Research & Development Corporation
  • Report on integrating biodiversity and production through research funded by Future Farm Industries CRC

Natural Resource Management regional bodies

  • Resilience thinking concepts into regional planning upgrades
  • Climate adaptation
  • Strategic planning
  • Investment planning
  • Program reviews
  • Resilience assessments
  • Training in resilience assessment
  • ‘Resilience 101’ training workshops
  • Board and staff presentations and workshops on resilience concepts
  • Facilitation of planning meetings and processes
  • Facilitation of community forums and engagement processes, and
  • Adaptive management frameworks and processes.

Federal, State and Local government agencies

  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)
    • Consultant to project ‘Towards biodiversity strategies for SA - a collaborative approach’
    • Advisor and presenter on social-ecological system planning
  • Natural Resources Management Council (SA)
    • Applying resilience thinking concepts to natural resource management.
  • Natural Resources Commission (NSW)
    • Advisor on applying resilience concepts to natural resource management
    • Review of statewide MER, and
    • Review of statewide NRM knowledge gaps.
  • NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage
    • Applying resilience thinking concepts to natural resource management.
  • National NRM Chairs Forum
    • Applying resilience thinking concepts to natural resource management.
  • Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (now Department of the Environment)
    • Application of resilience thinking to the Caring for our Country initiative
    • Development and delivery of field officer training projects
    • Design of the assessment process for the Box Gum Grassy Woodland Stewardship Program, and
    • Preparation of resilience discussion paper.
  • Sydney Coastal Councils Group
    • Managing coastal ecological communities in the face of climate change in the Sydney Coastal Councils group region (with CSIRO)
  • City West Water
    • Facilitation of workshop: greening the west project 

Private companies:

  • GHD Australia
    • Testing system-based approaches to weed management (Border Rivers Gwydir, NSW and Goulburn Broken, Vic.)

Not-for-profit organisations

  • Resilience Planning Community of Practice:
    • Founder and Co-ordinator
  • Australian Rural Leadership Foundation:
    • Applying resilience thinking concepts to natural resource management
  • Greening Australia:
    • Development and delivery of principles and guidelines for the integration of biodiversity and production in northern NSW Catchment Management Authorities
  • Central Victorian Biolinks Project:
    • Project planning
  • Lighthouse foundation:
    • Integration of resilience concepts into community planning
Wheat in a farmer's hand. Close up of some cattle.