This paper provides an overview of a decade of research at the University of Wollongong, University of Western Sydney and The University of New South Wales into the behaviour and design of the impact and blast loading of steel and concrete filled steel members. The paper will review research carried out to ascertain the material properties of steel and concrete at high strain rates. Furthermore, the flexural impact behaviour of hollow and concrete filled steel columns will be reviewed. More recent research also summarises live field blast tests on hollow and concrete filled steel columns subjected to transverse blast loading. This paper will also outline the development of a National Facility for Physical Blast Simulation (NFPBS) in Australia which was awarded funding by the Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Scheme in 2013 and which is being prepared for installation and commissioning in 2014 at The University of New South Wales.