Agree clear allocation of responsibilities to state and local government for flood management, with defined boundaries on the Bureau’s role and:
(a) As a minimum:
(i) Agree national standards for operation of flood monitoring networks and vest responsibility in fewer agencies
(ii) Clarify roles and responsibilities for issuing flash flood warnings
(b) And either:
(i) Focus the Bureau’s role on data management and divest responsibility for flood monitoring infrastructure from the Bureau; or
(ii) Expand and consolidate the Bureau’s role in flood management by:
(a) Re-organising operations (including a new Flood Operations Centre)
(b) Enhancing the Bureau’s flood monitoring network
(c) Strengthening the collection and provision of flood data by third parties
(d) Improving the information base for flood warnings, including access to flood risk maps

Recommendation 4