The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) commissioned a review of Australia's approach in dealing with natural disasters. In December 2003, COAG gave in-principle approval to the report from the review. COAG noted that work on the reforms may result in the identification of alternative approaches to some of the recommendations.
COAG agreed that the Australasian Police Ministers' Council (now the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management) will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the recommendations. The Council will be supported by the Australian Emergency Management Committee. The Local Government and Planning Ministers' Council and its standing committees will play a major role in the implementation of land use planning reforms which address natural hazards.
Natural Disasters in Australia: Reforming mitigation, relief and recovery arrangements (August 2002)
- Background documents to the report