6 May 2014 — The Productivity Commission is undertaking an inquiry into the effectiveness of current national natural disaster funding arrangements, whether the focus on post-disaster recovery is reducing the incentive for state and local authorities to mitigate disaster risk, and what the options are for assisting communities to build greater resilience.

While the terms of reference acknowledge the rate of natural disasters is increasing, stating: “The impacts and costs of extreme weather events can be expected to increase in the future with population growth and the expanding urbanisation of coast lines and mountain districts near our cities,” the contribution of climate change to increased frequency and severity of storms, flooding and bushfire is not mentioned.

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