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King-hit: preparing for Australia's disaster future

By Anthony Bergin

This paper makes recommendations as to how Australia can be better prepared for and recover from future natural disasters.

Suggestions include:

  • 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.