Dr Grahame Douglas is an Academic Course Advisor of the Postgraduate Bush Fire Protection program within Western Sydney University. He has research interests in bushfire protection measures through planning and construction practice as well as in the impact of climate change on bushfire behaviour. Grahame has worked with the Department of Bush Fire Services and later with Rural Fire Service of the New South Wales state for more than 16 years and was responsible for developing the legislative provisions and policies relating to bushfire risk management planning, development control for bushfire prone areas, environmental impact of hazard reduction activities and assisted in initial changes to the state’s variations to the National Construction Code. He is the principal author of Planning for Bush Fire Protection (2001 and 2006) and co-authored many journal and conference publications in the relevant area.
He is currently the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Fire Protection Association of Australia and a member of the committee of the Australian Standard AS3959 Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas. He has collaborated with State fire services, the Australian Building Codes Board, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and other agencies in teaching and advancing the latest advances in bushfire construction practice, performance solutions and planning for bushfire protection.