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State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

The Department of Community Safety has undertaken a series of assessments to improve the knowledge and awareness of the risks from natural disasters in Queensland. These include:

  • 2012 State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment
  • 2011 State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

2012 State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

Queensland’s 2012 State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment describes the historical impacts of natural disasters in Queensland for the period 1900 to 2011.  It provides an update to the 2011 profile of natural disaster impacts for the period 1900 to 1999, to include natural disasters that impacted Queensland communities between 1999 and 2011. This analysis will be updated every five years or more frequently if needed.

This assessment confirms that flooding and tropical cyclones (including storm tide and cyclonic winds) are Queensland’s most damaging natural hazards. These two hazards combined account for about 72% of all building damage and 95% of all fatalities for the period 1900-2011. Flooding alone has resulted in just over 50% of all historical building losses and 43% of fatalities in Queensland. Most flood damage (82%) has occurred in Southeast and North Queensland. This 2012 assessment report is available from the following link.

This 2012 report and the 2011 State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment were prepared by Risk Frontiers of Macquarie University by drawing on a comprehensive national database of historical natural hazard impacts. This database has been developed with support from the insurance sector over a period of years.While every care has been taken by Risk Frontiers in their work, it is also important to appreciate that information in the State­-wide Risk Assessments is not a substitute for local appraisal.

2011 State-wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

The 2011 State­-Wide Natural Disaster Risk Assessment was prepared to assist local and district disaster management planning for the 2011/12 storm, bushfire and flood season in Queensland, and to support long term natural disaster planning. This assessment provided, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the historical and potential impacts of natural disasters in Queensland. This 2011 assessment report is available in full below.

It consists of a summary report and eight more detailed reports outlining the history of natural hazards in Queensland, and detailed information on the extent and magnitude of these hazards: