16 June 2011
King-hit: preparing for Australia's disaster future
This paper makes recommendations as to how Australia can be better prepared for and recover from future natural disasters.
- measuring and reporting on community resilience;
- providing disaster funds on the condition that new structures are made to be more resilient than the structures they replace;
- asking the Productivity Commission to investigate if the Commonwealth has got value from the billions spent on disaster response and recovery;
- declaring an annual national disaster prevention day;
- developing national hazard mapping and a national sea level rise policy statement;
- introducing durability ratings for buildings;
- providing information to individual insurance policy holders on the risks associated with their property;
- developing a national policy on retreating from hazardous areas to reduce people’s exposure to severe risks; and;
- starting a national communications campaign to encourage individual and community preparedness.