Capacity to conduct and apply research and development aimed at improving forest management, including development of scientific understanding of forest ecosystem characteristics and functions

Although the overall number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees remained unchanged, FTE employees in academia increased by about 4 FTE in fire behaviour and forest hydrology between 2011 and 2017. Conversely, FTEs in government agencies decreased by the same amount in fire and flora ecology. For both years, topics related to fire, ecology and hydrology accounted for 80% of overall FTE employees. DELWP says its current budget allocation for R&D is based on identification and prioritisation of research directions. DELWP explained that the expected impact of the research activities on management actions or policy change has been documented.
Number of Full-time equivalent employee by research activity for government agencies, private companies and academia.