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Terms of Reference

FINAL Terms of Reference – Independent Review into the June 2016 Tasmanian Floods

The review will consider all aspects of the flood event; noting it is important to acknowledge that a range of individual and agency inquiries and/or reviews are addressing many of these issues and they should not be considered in isolation.

The independent review will build upon and complement existing learnings, and report on the following matters:

  • The effectiveness of the strategies,  preparedness and plans related to managing flood risk in Tasmania that were in place prior to the June 2016 floods occurring; including existing and potential levee systems.
  • Community preparation, resilience and awareness, including awareness of insurance matters, relating to major flood events in Tasmania.
  • The causes of the floods which were active in Tasmania over the period 4 – 7 June 2016 including cloud-seeding, State-wide water storage management and debris management.
  • The use and efficacy of forecasting, community alerts, warnings and public information by authorities in responding to flood events.
  • The effectiveness of transition from response to recovery in the week following the June floods; including capacity and priorities for infrastructure repair, and immediate assistance payments.
  • And any other matters relevant to the terms of reference.

In undertaking this review, appropriate regard will be had to ensuring all relevant stakeholders are appropriately engaged to provide input.

The Review will consider the fact that one or more Coronial Inquests will likely be ongoing throughout the same time period; and be sensitive to those requirements.

The Review will also consider the research and projects already initiated by the State Emergency Service in relation to flood warnings and take them into account in making any recommendations.

Similarly the Review may consider the insights, observations and findings individual agencies and Services in relation to the June floods; and also the report expected to be generated by the Tasmanian Flood Recovery Taskforce.

The Review is to report by 01 June 2017.