Councils Can’t Afford Increased Share of Disaster Funding – Taskforce

The National Sea Change Taskforce has told a Productivity Commission inquiry hearing into natural disaster funding that coastal councils do not have the capacity to pick up an increased share of disaster funding. Alan Stokes, of the Taskforce secretariat, told the public hearing in Melbourne on 28 October that under current fiscal arrangements local government … Continue reading Councils Can’t Afford Increased Share of Disaster Funding – Taskforce

Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

The draft report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into natural disaster funding recommends reducing the Commonwealth share of disaster recovery costs from 75% to 50%, with the balance to be picked up by state governments. The report, released on 25 September, also recommends that the Commonwealth substantially increase its funding to the states for mitigation … Continue reading Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding