2022 NSW Flood Inquiry
In March 2022, the NSW Government commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the preparation for, causes of, response to and recovery from the 2022 catastrophic flood event across the state of NSW.
Flood inquiry submissions portal
The Inquiry welcomes submissions from all flood-affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public. Their stories and photographs are valuable to informing the Inquiry's work. The NSW Flood Inquiry has extended public submissions until June 24 to help ensure everyone affected by the floods has the opportunity to contribute to the Inquiry.
Acting Premier Paul Toole has established an independent flood inquiry to examine and report on the causes of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from the 2022 catastrophic flood event.
Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Michael Fuller APM have been engaged to lead the Inquiry.
The Inquiry will report on:
- the causes of and factors contributing to the frequency, intensity, timing and location of floods;
- preparation and planning by agencies and the community for floods in NSW;
- responses to floods, particularly measures to protect life, property and the environment;
- the transition from incident response to recovery;
- recovery, including housing, clean-up, financial support, community engagement and longer-term community rebuilding.
The Inquiry will consider and, if thought fit, make recommendations on a range of matters, including:
- the safety of emergency services and community first responders;
- current and future land use planning and management and building standards in flood prone locations across NSW;
- appropriate action to adapt to future flood risks to communities and ecosystems;
- coordination and collaboration between all levels of government.
The Inquiry is required to report to the Premier on causation, land use planning and management and related matters by 30 June 2022, and on all other matters by 30 September 2022.
The Review will travel to and consult directly with affected communities. Details of public consultation will be published soon and available on this webpage.