Natural disasters can have devastating impacts. They can cause psychological distress, physical injury, and loss of life. They can also have significant impacts on our economy, infrastructure, and the environment. 

Queensland has suffered more economic damage from natural disasters than any other state or territory. In November 2022, the Climate Council reported that disasters had cost Queensland approximately $30 billion since 1970.

Entities need to work together, with the community, to prepare for natural disasters. They need to plan effectively and build capability and capacity to respond to disasters. They also need to develop appropriate strategies to minimise the impact of natural disasters when they occur.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess how effectively state and local government entities prepare for natural disasters.

Who we might audit
  • Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning 
  • Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority
  • selected local governments.
Area of focus
Healthy and safe Queenslanders
Parliamentary Committee
Community Safety and Legal Affairs Committee
Anticipated tabling: to be advised