Local governments play a central role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.
Along with state and territory emergency services, local governments are an integral part of the emergency planning process, and play an important role in risk mitigation, land-use planning and land management. The quality of the information they rely on is critical to the effectiveness of both their plans and their response to emergencies more generally.
Natural disasters do not respect state and territory borders, much less local government boundaries. The 2019-20 bushfire season highlighted that coordination within and between all levels of government is fundamental to effective planning for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters.
This paper poses a number of questions on which the Royal Commission invites comment by 18 June 2020.