Floods are a relatively common natural disaster in Australia, yet over the decades, building codes around the country haven't been revised to fully mitigate against the damage caused by flooding. Unlike other natural disasters such as cyclones, bushfires, and earthquakes, the country hasn't fully embraced the lessons that we've learned from past floods. In response to the disaster of Cyclone Tracy in 1974, the whole country adopted new wind codes, which have saved countless buildings from damage during subsequent cyclones. Similar regulations have been put in place regionally and nationally in the wake of bushfire disasters, and in anticipation of earthquakes, but measures regarding floods are lagging behind. In stark contrast to the progress made to protect against other natural disasters, the use of materials that are easily damaged by water has grown exponentially (including plasterboard walls, composite timber beams, chipboard kitchens, and plywood bracings), all of which are allowed in the building codes for flood plains.