Flooding in Australia: Damage to buildings during the 2010-2011 Eastern Australia flooding events.

Synthesis and Integrative Research Program
Matthew Mason
Macquarie University
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New South Wales

Insured losses from the 2010-11 floods approached $3 billion. When accounting for damage to essential infrastructure, lost productivity and the under- or noninsured, the true cost is several times this value. Many affected properties have a history of flood damage, which shows there are clear deficiencies in our ability to adapt to or mitigate the impact of this hazard.

This research will detail the extent of damage to buildings during the recent Eastern Australia flooding and explore the role planning and design/construction regulations played in these failures. It will highlight weaknesses in the current systems and propose effective solutions to mitigate future damage and financial loss under current or future climates.