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Government inquiries and policies

Recent natural disasters across Australia have generated a national discussion about reducing our vulnerability to natural hazard threats.

Since 2011, a number of government-led inquiries or reviews have been conducted in relation to natural disasters.

The Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce
(Interim report released August 2015. Final report expected to be released November 2015)

Productivity Commission Inquiry into National Disaster Funding Arrangements (issues paper)
(Final report released 1 May 2015)

Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications Report: Recent Trends in and preparedness for extreme weather events
(Final report released August 2013)

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Regulatory and Policy Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation
(Final report released March 2013)

The Federal Government’s Consultation Paper, Reforming flood insurance: A proposal to improve availability and transparency
(Submissions closed March 2012)

The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry
(Final report released March 2012)

Australian Government Actuary Report On Investigation into Strata Title Insurance Price Rises in North Queensland
(Final report released March 2012)

The Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Residential Strata Title Insurance
(Final report released March 2012)

The Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the operation of the insurance industry during disaster events
(Final report released February 2012)

The Federal Government’s Natural Disaster Insurance Review
(Final report released November 2011)

Treasury Consultation Paper Reforming Flood Insurance: Clearing the Waters
(Submissions closed May 2011)

Inquiry outcomes

The bulk of recommendations made as a result of these inquiries and reviews are about improving our disaster response and disaster recovery. Far fewer recommendations are about improving resilience.  

An analysis of recent disaster reviews by Deloitte Access Economics indicates that of the 124 recommendations relating to resilience, just 13 have been implemented. Twenty-six are in progress but have no clearly defined timeframe for completion and some have not been actioned at all.

Progress on resilience development is too slow, fragmented and reactive.

We need a more sustainable, coordinated and comprehensive national approach. 

Read about some actions which have resulted from the Government's inquiries. 

Read more about the Australian Government’s natural disaster relief and recovery policies.

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