Living with floods: key lessons from Australia and abroad
Authors: Caroline Wenger, Karen Hussey and Jamie Pittock
This study compared flood reviews in Australia with those from The Netherlands, China and the USA. The overseas examples yielded important lessons for Australia’s flood policies, particularly in regards to: structural vs non-structural measures, the role of disaster-relief funds, flood insurance, and the use of mitigation measures such as voluntary land purchase and relocation. In addition to the flood reports review, a series of semi-structured interviews were conducted with experts from relevant sectors (insurance, emergency services, floodplain managers, ecosystem researchers, local gov and urban utilities). These expert interviews yielded insights into flood management, as well as recommendations for both future flood planning and flood impact recovery in Australia.