Floods

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Flooding
Inundations
NARROWER TERMS


Briefing paper

Operating Warragamba Dam for flood mitigation: current legal and regulatory barriers

After 28 years without a major flood, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley has experienced three major floods in the past three years. A proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall for flood mitigation in the Hawkesbury-Nepean is currently being assessed for development. This e-brief describes some of...
Report

The cost of extreme weather

Climate change is driving worsening destructive extreme weather events in a range of different ways around Australia - from more severe bushfire seasons and intense heatwaves to more powerful cyclones, flash flooding and droughts. This report argues that whether insurance is paying for it, or...
Report

Report of the 2022 NSW Flood Inquiry

In March 2022, the NSW Government commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the preparation for, causes of, response to and recovery from the 2022 catastrophic flood event across the state of New South Wales. This report outlines the findings.
Report

Response to major flooding across New South Wales in 2022

Major flooding in NSW in February-March 2022 was a catastrophic disaster, causing widespread devastation and damage – particularly in the Northern Rivers and Hawkesbury regions. This inquiry was set up to consider the NSW Government's preparedness, coordination and response to the flooding events. While this...
Journal article

Exposure to risk and experiences of river flooding for people with disability and carers in rural Australia: a cross-sectional survey

In this journal article, the authors explore the exposure to risk and experiences of people with disability and carers during a flooding event and the subsequent mental health impacts.
Report

Are extreme rainfall events increasing in frequency?

Torrential rains along the east coast of Australia during February and March 2022 have been blamed on climate change. Specifically, a narrative has developed suggesting that rainfall is becoming more extreme. However, the research outlined in this report does not support this claim.
Report

A supercharged climate: rain bombs, flash flooding and destruction

The record-breaking and relentless deluge that has flooded towns and cities in Queensland and New South Wales is one of the most extreme disasters in Australian history. This report explains how climate change is intensifying extreme rainfall and how the frequency of these events is...
Guide

Preparing for the unimaginable: guidelines for organisational response and staff support before, during and after disaster

Affected communities need long-term support far beyond what many disaster relief volunteering organisation can often commit to. This project explores the phenomenon of support before, during and after disaster (specifically the floods in Townsville and North West Queensland), focusing on organisational support for staff to...
Report

Report of the Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria's emergency management sector

The Victorian emergency management sector has undergone significant reform in the 10 years since the 2009 Victorian bushfires. This review report makes eight observations, thirty-three findings, and five recommendations identifying good practice and opportunities for continuous improvement.
Journal article

Health co-benefits of green building design strategies and community resilience to urban flooding

Climate change is increasingly exacerbating existing population health hazards, as well as resulting in new negative health effects. Flooding is one particularly deadly example of its amplifying and expanding effect on public health. This systematic review considered evidence linking green building strategies in the Leadership...
Journal article

Health co-benefits of green building design strategies and community resilience to urban flooding: a systematic review of the evidence

Climate change is increasingly exacerbating existing population health hazards, as well as resulting in new negative health effects. Flooding is one particularly deadly example of its amplifying and expanding effect on public health. This systematic review considered evidence linking green building strategies in the Leadership...
Report

Flooding in Sandy Creek Catchment, Mackay, following Tropical Cyclone Debbie: an independent assessment

This report examines events in March 2017, where large areas of the Plane Basin in the Mackay region received very heavy rainfall associated with ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.
Report

Report of the independent review into the Tasmanian floods of June and July 2016

This report, from the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet of the Tasmanian, is the result of the decision to undertake a strategic review into the Tasmanian floods of June and July 2016 that affected many Tasmanian communities and businesses.
Thesis

Community Participation and NGO Responses to the April 2014 Floods in Solomon Islands

Floods are the most common form of natural disasters globally, disproportionately impacting lower income countries and in many cases the poorest citizens therein. The increasing frequency and intensity of floods present civil society, policymakers, and development practitioners the challenge of reducing disaster risk, and populations’...
Conference paper

Social effects of disaster waste management: a case study of Brisbane suburbs post 2011 January floods

This paper investigates how the speed and nature of disaster waste management impacts on residents belonging to different socio-economic backgrounds, with a particular focus on the 2011 January Floods in Brisbane, Australia.
Conference paper

Neighbourhood disaster resilience index: A validation in the context of Brisbane and Ipswich 2010/2011 floods

Despite the wide use of the resilience concept in urban planning and policy making, measuring this concept at neighbourhood level has not been done. In this study, a Neighbourhood Disaster Resilience Index (NDRI) is proposed with a refined set of variables for measuring neighbourhood level...
Working paper

The role of post-disaster institutions in recovery and resilience: a comparative study of three recent disasters – Victorian Bushfires (2009), Queensland Floods (2010-11), and Canterbury Earthquakes (2010-12)

Disasters are focusing events that can drive immediate policy change. It argues that good recovery institutions provide the adaptive capacity that enables communities to recover from natural disasters. This paper briefly describes recovery processes after three natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand between 2009...
Report

Crisis communication on Twitter in the 2011 South East Queensland floods

Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, played an important role in crisis communication at the height of the 2011 South East Queensland floods crisis (10-16 January). This report examines the role of the short-messaging system Twitter in disseminating and sharing crisis information and updates from...
Report

#qldfloods and @QPSMedia: crisis communication on Twitter in the 2011 South East Queensland floods

Social media sites Twitter and Facebook played a crucial role in disseminating information during the 2011 Queensland floods. That is the key finding of a new report by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). CCI researchers Assoc. Prof. Axel Bruns...