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About the Commission

On Monday 17 January 2011, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh established an independent Commission of Inquiry to examine the 2010/2011 flood disaster that affected 70 per cent of the state.

The Honourable Justice Catherine Holmes was appointed commissioner, and Jim O’Sullivan AC and Phillip Cummins were appointed deputy commissioners.

The Terms of Reference for the inquiry provided for an independent and thorough examination of the chain of events leading to the floods, all aspects of the response and the subsequent aftermath of the 2010/2011 flood events.

With all the powers of a Royal Commission, the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry took public submissions from across Queensland and held three rounds of public hearings in affected areas. It also held community meetings and consultations in thirteen locations in central and western Queensland, and the Lockyer Valley.

The Commission of Inquiry delivered the interim report on 1 August 2011, covering matters associated with flood preparedness to enable early recommendations to be implemented before the following summer's wet season. The Commission delivered the final report.