Resilience and Recovery

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is the lead agency responsible for disaster recovery, resilience and mitigation policy in Queensland.

The QRA leads initiatives that help deliver on our strategic objective of making Queensland the most disaster resilient state in Australia. These activities assist government, businesses and the wider community to mitigate risks and prepare for disasters

Disaster Recovery Policy and Planning

In June 2016, the Queensland Premier appointed the QRA Chief Executive Officer as the State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator to assist in the rapid recovery of communities following natural disasters. The QRA is now the lead agency responsible for coordinating whole-of-government flood risk management and resilience policy. 

The QRA is currently reviewing key disaster recovery policy and planning tools to inform all disaster recovery stakeholders on procedures and processes that will be employed by the state during recovery operations.

Learn more about QRA Disaster Recovery Policy and Planning activities.

Read the Queensland Recovery Plan 2017 (PDF | 1MB).

State Recovery Coordinator - Far North, North and North West Queensland floods

In March 2018, the Queensland Premier announced QRA's Chief Executive Officer, Brendan Moon, as the State Recovery Coordinator to work with communities affected by flooding and storms in North Queensland, Isaac, Far North Queensland and Central Queensland. Since this appointment, Mr Moon has visited flood affected communities to help councils get local communities back on their feet as soon as possible. 

State Recovery Plan 2017-19: Operation Queensland Recovery

The Queensland Government has released its state recovery plan to help Queensland communities recover, reconnect and rebuild following the devastating effects of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The State Plan 2017-19: Operation Queensland Recovery aligns with the Interim Queensland Recovery Plan and builds on existing recovery approaches in recognising that communities are best placed to develop and implement local plans that meet their own recovery needs.

The Plan outlines a clear commitment that the Queensland Government will work with local governments and communities to ensure impacted people, communities and businesses get the resources and support they need, when they need it.


The Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The intent of betterment is to increase the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters, while at the same time reduce future expenditure on asset restoration, reduce incidents, injuries and fatalities during and after natural disasters, and improve asset use during and after natural disasters. The QRA has been responsible for managing the following betterment programs:

  • 2017 Betterment Fund - $41.9 million – to be delivered
  • 2015 Betterment Fund - $20 million – delivered
  • 2013 Betterment Fund - $80 million – delivered

Read more about the 2017 Betterment Fund and the 2013 and 2015 Betterment Funds and Framework

The Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2017

The Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience was updated in 2017 to incorporate climate change risk and deliver a comprehensive, all-hazards approach to building disaster resilience throughout Queensland.

The Strategy aligns with international best practice - the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 201-2030. The strategy provides an overarching framework to empower Queenslanders to factor in resilience measures and activities as they anticipate, respond and adapt to changing circumstances.

Find out more about the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2017

Resilient Queensland, 2018-21 - Delivering the Queensland Strategy for Disaster

Resilient Queensland was launched in May 2018 following consultation with state agencies, the private sector and local governments to coordinate the statewide delivery of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience. It provides the framework for a whole-of-government response to disaster resilience that involves better coordination of government policy, information management, project delivery and stakeholder collaboration.

The Strategy and Resilient Queensland provide the platform for QRA to meet its legislated function under the Act to improve the resilience of communities from potential disaster events.

Find out more about Resilient Queensland.


Brisbane River Catchment Flood Studies

The QRA is working with government agencies and four local councils to develop a long-term plan to manage the impact of future floods and improve community safety and resilience within the Brisbane River Catchment. This is a key recommendation of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry

Read more about the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Studies.

Queensland Flood Warning Gauge Network

The QRA is leading the implementation of a best practice approach to the management of the flood warning gauge network in Queensland. The aim is to ensure people in flood-prone communities across Queensland have appropriate warning of flood events.

Learn more about the Queensland Flood Warning Gauge Network

Strategic Policy Framework for Riverine Flood Risk Management and Community resilience

Flooding events can lead to serious injury or loss of life, disrupt the social fabric of a community, impact economic activity and cause damage and destruction to the natural and built environment. The impacts of climate change are likely to exacerbate flooding.

As the most disaster prone state in Australia, Queensland requires an agile and adaptive approach by all sectors of the community to reduce flood risk.

Read more about Queensland's Strategic Policy Framework to enhance Riverine Flood Risk Management and Community Resilience

Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy

The QRA, local governments and state agencies are working together on a long-term plan to manage the impact of future floods and enhance community safety and resilience in the Burnett River Catchment. Learn more.

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