Although floods are a natural phenomenon, they can have devasting impacts. The
2010–11 flood events in Queensland resulted in 35 people losing their lives. The estimated cost of the flooding events was in excess of $5 billion.
In response to the disaster, the Queensland government established the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry on 17 January 2011. The inquiry looked at the:
- preparation, planning and response to the floods
- performance of private insurers
- measures taken to manage the supply of essential services
- adequacy of forecasts and early warnings systems
- implementation of operational plans for dams
- land use planning.
On 16 March 2012, the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry released its final report into the 2010–11 floods. The inquiry made 177 recommendations, directed both to state and local governments. The Queensland government supported all the recommendations.