Storm at-risk areas revealed as La Niña rains on spring


With a wetter than usual spring well and truly underway, new data from Suncorp is helping to identify Australia’s most at-risk areas.


Storm at-risk areas revealed as La Niña rains on spring

New data from Suncorp Group’s brands including Suncorp, GIO and AAMI has revealed the worst storm-affected regions in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria from the past year.

The data has been used to educate home owners on how they can prepare for the upcoming natural disaster season, drawing on our partnerships with the State Emergency Service in Queensland and Victoria.

Suncorp Chief Operating Officer Paul Smeaton said: “We’ve seen the devastating impacts of storms, floods and cyclones, and we know what can be done to help protect homes and families.

“Our research shows even small-scale storms can have a big impact, so we’re hoping to encourage households, businesses and communities to get ready and undertake home maintenance and preparation now – because waiting until a storm is bearing down is just too late.”

#Top tips to prepare

Check insurance policies are current and adequate

Make a home emergency plan and have an emergency kit

Clear your backyard and gutters, trim trees and overhanging branches

Across the three states, our capital cities were among the worst affected for storm damage. Outside of the capital cities, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville and the Whitsundays featured in the top ten Queensland hotspots, while the Central Coast, Newcastle and Byron Bay were hotspots in NSW and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

In Queensland, Suncorp has also partnered with rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston to launch the Suncorp Storm Score, a community challenge to help home owners prepare wih activities tailored to your region.

Queenslanders can access the Suncorp Storm Score community challenge on their smartphone at

#Queensland's storm hotspots (July 2019 – June 2020)


Gold Coast

3,857 home claims

Suburbs: Helensvale, Southport, Labrador, Runaway Bay, Hope Island


Sunshine Coast

3,770 home claims

Suburbs: Glasshouse Mountains, Caloundra West, Gympie, Little Mountain, Palmview


Brisbane South

2,832 home claims

Suburbs: Forest Lake, Coorparoo, Cleveland, Greenslopes, Alexandra Hills


Brisbane North

1,724 home claims

Suburbs: The Gap, Kenmore, Chermside West, Albany Creek, Ashgrove



1,444 home claims

Suburbs: Yeppoon, Frenchville, Berserker, Norman Gardens, The Range

#NSW's storm hotspots (July 2019 – June 2020)


Sydney (south-east)

8,369 home claims

Suburbs: Engadine, Caringbah (South), Miranda, Maroubra, Dover Heights


Sydney (north-east)

5,892 home claims

Suburbs: Frenchs Forest, Mosman, St Ives, Castle Hill, Wahroonga


Central Coast/Newcastle

3,870 home claims

Suburbs: Umina Beach, Terrigal, Wamberal, Berkeley Vale, Chittaway Bay


Sydney (south-west)

2,235 home claims

Suburbs: Glenmore Park, Prestons, Harrington Park, West Hoxton, Casula


Byron Bay

1,632 home claims

Suburbs: Bonora Point, Inverell, Tenterfield, Kingscliff, Grafton

#Victoria's storm hotspots (July 2019 – June 2020)


Melbourne (south-east)

8,128 home claims

Suburbs: Glen Iris, Malvern East, Camberwell, Caulfield North, Brighton


Melbourne (north-east)

3,156 home claims

Suburbs: Templestowe, Warrandyte, Doncaster East, North Warrandyte, Mill Park


Melbourne (south-west)

2,016 home claims

Suburbs: Taylors Lakes, Werribee, Hillside, Point Cook, St Albans


Mornington Peninsula

1,455 home claims

Suburbs: Pakenham, Mornington, Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Frankston


Melbourne (north-west)

1,043 home claims

Suburbs: Craigieburn, Sunbury, Keilor East, Greenvale, Essendon

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