Terms of reference for flood review released

The Queensland Government has released the terms of reference for a wide-ranging flood review by the independent body the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM).

A review by IGEM is standard practice in Queensland after major events, including the flooding that inundated the state’s north in early 2019. Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said he had asked IGEM to undertake the review to ensure the best possible disaster management arrangements were in place should a similar event happen.

“These floods have been unprecedented in living memory and it’s imperative that we learn as much as we can through this review to ensure we continue to get better at preparing and responding to flood events such as this in the future,” he said.

Crawford said he expected the review to be complete by the middle of the year, “This review will make sure that Queensland is always at the top of its game when it comes to being prepared and being able to best respond when these major events strike.”

IGEM will work with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Queensland Police Service, local, state and federal agencies, business owners, members of the public and other relevant parties.

The review will assess:

  • the preparation and planning by state and local governments and the community;
  • the response to the weather event, including measures taken to:
  • inform the community;
  • protect life and private and public property; and
  • manage the supply of essential services;
  • dam operations, in particular for the Ross River Dam, and associated emergency procedures;
  • resourcing, overall coordination and deployment of personnel and equipment; and
  • other related matters the Inspector-General Emergency Management considers relevant, including, for example, land use planning and building codes.

Submissions can be made by email to info@igem.qld.gov.au or posted to the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management, GPO Box 1425, Mail Cluster 15.7, Brisbane, QLD, 4001, by March 31, 2019.