News Archives
The FRM Short Course is Back! 1st July 2022
After a one year absence the Flood Risk Management Short Course is being offered again in 2022. The course is hosted by the University of Technology Sydney, with input from FMA and the NSW Government. .
YFM Documentary and Webinars 1st July 2022
The Young Floodplain Managers network have put together a feature length documentary of their tour undertaken in Brisbane in 2021. If you were unable to attend the tour, this documentary is not to be missed..
Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation on Youtube 30th June 2022
Over the years there have been several Conference presentations about the Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation Project, which involved opening floodgates to reinstate tidal flow from the Hunter River to valuable estuarine wetlands. .
One in 25 Australian Homes Uninsurable by 2030 7th June 2022
One in 25 Australian properties will be effectively uninsurable by 2030, due to rising risks of extreme weather and climate change, a detailed analysis from the Climate Council has found..
East Coast Floods Webinar 6th June 2022
FMA Member Risk Frontiers is hosting a webinar on the east coast floods covering a diverse range of topics from climate to insurance, flood safety, impacts and reflections..
Floodplain Management Global Perspective Webinar 5th June 2022
FMA Member AECOM will provide a global perspective on floodplain management at its Water Wednesday Technical Session, involving flood risk management specialists from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States..
ANU Disaster Resilience Institute Wins Project Funding 4th June 2022
The Australian National University’s Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) has been successful in winning project funding under the National Recovery and Resilience Agency’s National Disaster Risk Package..
Australia's Costliest Flood Ever 3rd June 2022
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has provided updated data on the storms and floods that impacted South-East Queensland and coastal New South Wales in February and March, showing that the event is estimated to be Australia’s costliest flood ever..
Conference Councillor Session Provides Valuable Insight 2nd June 2022
FMA President Ian Dinham has said that the Councillor Breakfast Forum at the recent FMA National Conference has provided valuable insights into the concerns and challenges facing elected Local Government representatives when dealing with flood risk management issues..
FMA National Conference Wrap Up 1st June 2022
During the middle of May, the FMA Conference took over the beautiful city of Toowoomba, Queensland. The Conference was a great success and allowed delegates to reconnect and network with flood risk professionals from all over the nation and overseas..
Design and Place Sepp 5th May 2022
Members will recall that Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech has reported on the making of the NSW “Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)”, and prepared the FMA submission on the exhibited drafts..
Election of FMA Office Bearers 5th May 2022
The term of the current FMA office-bearers concludes at the end of the Annual General Meeting in May. Nominations for the positions were sought from Members in accordance with the FMA Constitution on 5 April..
Excellence Awards Finalists Announced 5th May 2022
The FMA Excellence Awards publicly recognise the outstanding contribution of FMA organisations and individuals towards promoting wise land use planning, reducing flood impacts, managing flood incidents or restoring communities after a flood event..
FMA National Conference Sponsors 5th May 2022
We are delighted to announce the following Major Sponsors of this year’s FMA Conference:.
Further Support for NSW Flood Zones Welcomed 5th May 2022
FMA President Ian Dinham has welcomed government support announcements following the north east NSW flooding over the last three months..
Hydrology and Hydraulics Training 5th May 2022
The Australian Water School is offering a weekly training series for practitioners in the water sector..
Lismore Flood Stories Website 5th May 2022
Lismore Flood Stories is a website established after the 2017 flood to share stories about the 2017 Lismore flood and flood recovery. .
Monthly YFM Feature 5th May 2022
Thank you to all who submitted nominations to the 2022 FMA ICA YFM Young Floodplain Manager of the Year Award. We're thrilled to be able to showcase the achievements and dedication of young professionals in the early stages of their careers..
Vale Paul Fennell 5th May 2022
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Paul Fennell, from Wimmera Catchment Management Authority. Paul was their Floodplain Management Team Leader, and was responsible for Wimmera becoming the first Victorian CMA to join FMA in 2015. .
Weather Behind the Recent Eastern Australia Floods 5th May 2022
Flooding in late February, March and early April caused significant damage along large sections of the Australian east coast. FMA Member Risk Frontiers has released a Briefing Note describing the weather driving these events, and places them in some historical context..
FMA National Conference In Only 45 Days! 1st May 2022
The first in-person FMA National Conference in three years will be taking place in less than three weeks – have you registered yet? The Conference will be held in Toowoomba, Queensland at the Empire Theatre from 17 – 20 May, and will offer exceptional professional development opportunities through keynote presentations, plenary sessions, field trips and technical demonstrations..
Panel Event: Australian Rainfall and Runoff - to the Extreme 17th March 2022
You are invited to join a 90 minute panel discussion with industry experts to address the recent Queensland and NSW flooding events and modelling implications..
FMA Excellence Awards Now Open 2nd March 2022
The FMA Excellence Awards have officially opened! We know that over the past 12 months (and especially the past few days) our Members have been undertaking incredible work for their communities in the flood risk management space. The Excellence Awards were designed to showcase these efforts and provide inspiration for other professionals in the industry. .
The Minster's Planning Principles and the New NSW Environmental Planning Policies 2nd March 2022
On 2 December 2021, the (then) Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes released a discussion paper that outlined nine focus areas to guide planning and development in NSW. (See: to read the paper.).
Consultation on Update of the NSW Floodplain Development Manual Closes 18 March 1st March 2022
Hopefully all NSW readers will be aware that consultation on the update of the 2005 NSW Floodplain Development Manual and its supporting toolkit is underway until 18 March..
Submission on Draft NSW Design and Place SEPP 1st March 2022
The new NSW Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (DP SEPP) 2021 and supporting guides are part of a broader review of all SEPPs. The DP SEPP aims to simplify and consolidate how to address the need for sustainable and resilient places and deliver good design in NSW..
Media Release: When the Floods Recede is the Time for Serious Planning 28th February 2022
The extensive and deadly flooding in Queensland and northern NSW serves as a warning that natural disasters are always just over the horizon, and all levels of government, as well as local communities, need to be prepared. .
Early Conference Registrations Close 25 March + Pre-Conference Workshop Topic Announced 27th February 2022
Join 300+ colleagues at the Empire Theatre Toowoomba from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 May for the 2022 FMA National Conference, with a Pre-conference Workshop on Tuesday 17 May. .
February QM Meeting Wrap Up 25th February 2022
February 17 saw another strongly supported FMA Quarterly Meeting and Workshop in our now familiar online format. Described by some as a “mini conference”, as well as reports from FMA’s Executive Committee we packed in updates from seven state and territory agencies, plus the Bureau of Meteorology..
Select Committee Report on the Proposal to Raise Warragamba Dam 4th November 2021
The Interim Report of the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on the Proposal to Raise the Warragamba Dam Wall has been released. This inquiry was established in June 2019 to inquire into and report on the NSW Government's proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall for flood mitigation..
Insurance Council Releases 2020-21 Catastrophe Report 3rd November 2021
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has released the Insurance Catastrophe Resilience Report: 2020-21..
FMA Activities Sponsors - Calls for Expressions of Interest 1st November 2021
FMA and the FMA Young Floodplain Managers regularly host various professional development and networking events including Quarterly Meetings, workshops, networking events, tours and webinars..
YFM Events in November 1st November 2021
Over the month of November the following YFM events will be taking place around Australia: .
2022 FMA National Conference - Call for Abstracts Open 31st October 2021
The 2022 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference will be held at Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Queensland from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th May 2022, with optional pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 17th May. For the first time, the Conference will be hybrid and include an online component for those attendees that are unable to travel..
Hawkesbury-Nepean Youth Services Receive Excellence Award Funding 31st October 2021
Winners of the 2021 FMA-NRMA Insurance Project of the Year Award, the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) and Infrastructure NSW (INSW), are providing their $10,000 cash prize to Platform Youth Services. .
Upcoming FMA Meeting - 18 November 30th October 2021
As is the custom during recent times during travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, the FMA Quarterly Meetings and Workshops will be combined and convened online on Thursday 18 November at .
FMA Excellence Awards Sponsor - Call for Expressions of Interest 2nd October 2021
The FMA Excellence Awards commenced in 2014, and recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations towards promoting wise land use planning, reducing flood impacts, managing flood incidents or restoring communities after a flood event. .
Disaster Resilience Education for Young People 1st October 2021
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) has launched the latest in its handbook series, the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook. .
Queensland Resilience in Practice Symposium 1st October 2021
The inaugural Resilience in Practice Symposium will be hosted by the Disaster Management and Resilience Facility at Griffith University’s Nathan campus on 18 and 19 October..
Climate Risk Webinar Series 30th September 2021
Risk Frontiers has announced its 2021 Webinar Series Analysis to resilience: science to support decision-making in a warming world, commencing on 13 October. .
Warragamba Dam Raising - Members' Views Sought 30th September 2021
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is exhibiting a State Significant Infrastructure application, Environmental Impact Statement and accompanying documents for the Warragamba Dam Raising project. .
Flood Risk Management Short Course on Hold 2nd July 2021
FMA has been advised by the University of Technology-Sydney (UTS) that the Flood Risk Management Short Course will not be held in 2021. Due to the pandemic UTS is reducing the number of subject offerings this year to reduce costs. .
Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy Released 1st July 2021
The Queensland Government has released a new Flood Resilience Strategy developed in partnership with eight North Queensland local governments. .
New Disaster Response Taskforce to Support NSW Councils 1st July 2021
A new Disaster Response Taskforce has been established by the NSW Government to help local councils respond to natural disasters and manage the recovery process. .
2021 Online National Conference Update 3rd May 2021
The Online FMA Conference is just weeks away, and you can now download the Conference Program and Register online at
FMA NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Manager of the Year Finalists 2nd May 2021
The FMA Excellence Awards publicly recognise the outstanding contribution of FMA organisations and individuals towards promoting wise land use planning, reducing flood impacts, managing flood incidents or restoring communities after a flood event. .
Planning for Flood Risk Management - Online Course 2nd May 2021
The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has revised its popular Queensland based Flood Risk Management course to make it nationally relevant. .
Review of Gwydir Floodplain Management Plan 1st May 2021
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (Water) has commenced its five-year review of Gwydir rural floodplain management plan. .
Welcome Sunshine Coast Council 1st May 2021
Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland is committed to flood risk management through it's policy and planning, decision making, design guidance, disaster management, comprehensive gauging activities, development assessment, maintenance of assets, flood and stormwater modelling and provision of flood mapping..
Media Release: Financial Support Essential to Implement Flood Plans 25th March 2021
The serious flooding underway across Queensland provides a timely reminder that flooding has become an annual event - floods will happen somewhere in Queensland every year..
Media Release: How Long Must We Wait for Effective Flood Protection? 22nd March 2021
As the NSW flood crisis continues to unfold Floodplain Management Australia President Ian Dinham has praised the efforts of the NSW State Emergency Service, assisted by NSW Rural Fire Service members. .
Flood Management Strategy Port Phillip and Westernport Consultation on Drafts 4th March 2021
The Flood Management Strategy is a 10-year strategy that sets out how flood management agencies work together to manage flood risks - before, during and after flood. FMA Member Melbourne Water is leading a ‘refresh’ of the strategy with their partners including local and state government, water authorities and emergency services organisations that have flood management responsibilities in the region. .
Water Modelling Solutions Diversity Awards 4th March 2021
FMA Member Water Modelling Solutions was recently awarded Engineers Australia’s ‘Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity’ for 2020. .
Excellence Awards Now Open 3rd March 2021
As announced by IAG's Andrew Dyer at the February FMA Meeting, the 2021 FMA Excellence Awards are now OPEN!.
NSW Government Floodplain Management Grants Open 2nd March 2021
The 2021-22 funding round for the NSW Government’s floodplain management grants are now open. Applications can be made under 4 independent project stages: .
BoM February 2021 Report Presentation Available 22nd February 2021
During the recent FMA Quarterly Meeting on Thursday 18th February, the Bureau of Meteorology provided their February update to Members. The update was conveyed by Justin Robinson (National Flood Services Manager NSW/ACT) and Jess Carey (Senior Hydrologist, Hazard Preparedness and Response QLD) and due to several Member inquiries, we are making the presentation available below. .
Special Announcement from the President - 2021 Conference 3rd February 2021
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Skill Set and Diploma in Hydrometric Monitoring 2nd February 2021
FMA and the Australian Hydrographers Association (AHA) have a signed agreement that gives FMA Members access to AHA services and information..
New Australian Warning System 1st February 2021
The federal Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud has announced a new Australian Warning System which for the first time provides a national approach to warnings for hazards including flood, bushfire, storm, cyclone, extreme heat and severe weather..
New National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program 1st February 2021
The Australian Government has recently announced the establishment of a $50 million National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program to help Australian communities better prepare for extreme weather events and flooding..
Prominent Reports Recommend Flood Mitigation 4th January 2021
Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) President Ian Dinham has praised two recently released reports, which highlight the benefits to communities of providing flood mitigation infrastructure, such as flood levees. .
Seasons Greetings from FMA 3rd December 2020
Floodplain Management Australia wanted to wish you a Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year. .
Welcome to FMA Sunwater 2nd December 2020
We would like to welcome our newest FMA Corporate Member to our national network of flood risk professionals - Sunwater..
FMA at Flood CoP Meetings 1st December 2020
Over the last 4 months the Queensland Flood Community of Practice (CoP) has held a series of “Flood Fundamentals” workshops covering flood models, flood insurance and planning schemes..
NSW Regional Water Strategies on Exhibition 1st December 2020
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking feedback on a series of Regional Water Strategies until 13 December. The documents on exhibition are: .
2021 Conference Call for Abstracts Extended 30th November 2020
The 2021 Conference Call for Abstracts closed on Friday, with a great number of encouraging submissions received from a variety of flood risk management professionals. Due to a number of requests, we have decided to extend the Call for Abstracts for an extra week to allow a little more time for you to finish your submissions. .
Online November Quarterly Meeting Roundup 30th November 2020
On November 19, Floodplain Management Australia held its combined November Quarterly Meeting online bringing together flood risk professionals from around the nation and overseas..
2021 Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open 3rd November 2020
The 2021 Conference in Sydney marks the 60th Anniversary of FMA, and will celebrate the history of the organisation, the Members that make the network possible, and the phenomenal advances in flood risk management..
Online November Quarterly Meeting 3rd November 2020
FMA will again be combining its upcoming November Quarterly Meetings (Queensland and NSW/ACT Chapters), and convening online in the interest of keeping our Members safe during current social restrictions..
November Flood Emergency Planning Workshop 2nd November 2020
FMA is partnering with the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) for the next Online Quarterly Workshop on Thursday 19 November..
Royal Commission Disaster Arrangements Report Released 2nd November 2020
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has concluded, and the report was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 30 October. The inquiry was established in February in response to the 2019-2020 extreme bushfire season..
NSW Emergency Planning Handbook Launched 1st November 2020
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) hosted a webinar this month to launch the latest in its series of Handbooks: The Emergency Planning Handbook..
Proposed NSW Dam Safety Levy 31st October 2020
FMA has provided feedback to Dams Safety NSW objecting to its proposed levy on flood mitigation detention basins..
Regulator Advocates Greater Investment in Mitigation 31st October 2020
In his August speech to the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities Geoff Summerhayes, Executive Board Member at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), discussed the rising cost of insurance and the “protection gap”, the difference between economic damage caused by natural disasters and insured losses..
Welcome New FMA Members 30th October 2020
FMA would like to welcome two new Corporate Members to the Membership..
FMA Webinar Series Continues 29th October 2020
FMA's Webinar Series is continuing this week with Ben Patterson’s (Royal HaskoningDHV) presentation Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme: Wallalong Levee, Aberdeen Levee and Wallis Creek Floodgates – Upgrade Works currently available in the Members' Section of
ALGA Duo eConference Event 14th September 2020
Australasian Land and Groundwater Association’s first ever virtual event-duo joins together the New Zealand Land & Groundwater Conference, and EcoForum 2020 and runs on the 14, 16 and 18 September..
2019 FMA NRMA Insurance FRM Project of the Year Winner Update 7th September 2020
At the 2019 FMA National Conference, the Tumbulgum Flood Warning and Response Service was named FMA NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management Project of the Year and was awarded $10,000 prize to be used for a purpose related to flood risk management or flood education..
ASFPM Talking Points 31st July 2020
Last month FMA talked about the First Street Foundation Flood Risk Model recently released in the USA. .
FRM Short Course to be Trialled 2nd July 2020
FMA is excited to announce that we are now working with the University of Technology-Sydney (UTS) and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to develop a virtual Flood Risk Management Short Course. .
Urban Flooding Forum 2nd July 2020
The February FMA Flyer advised of the US Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Foundation report on “the emerging threat” of urban flooding in the United States. The report Urban Flooding: Moving Towards Resilience says urban flooding is becoming more frequent and severe, with increasingly serious impacts to stormwater infrastructure, vulnerable neighbourhoods, local and regional economies, and public health..
FMA 2020 Digital Conference Papers Available 1st July 2020
FMA Members can now access Conference Papers and Powerpoint Presentations from the 2020 FMA Digital Conference in the Members’ Section of .
FMA Submission to NSW DPIE Flood Prone Land Package Review 1st July 2020
This month FMA provided input to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s draft updated Flood Prone Land Package. .
2021 Conference Venue Announced 1st June 2020
After months of speculation (or wild guesses?) Luna Park, Sydney, has been announced as the venue for next year’s FMA National Conference. .
FMA MOU with Australian Hydrographers Association 31st May 2020
FMA President Ian Dinham has signed an historic agreement with the Australian Hydrographers Association (AHA). .
FMA Digital Conference Wrap Up 30th May 2020
During the 20th and 21st May, FMA held its National Conference online for the very first time. FMA has been convening it's annual Conferences for 60 years and it was with great excitement that we were able to adapt to the current social restrictions and go DIGITAL! .
New Waterlines Edition 30th May 2020
FMA Member Water Technology has released its new edition of Waterlines 'Waterways and Ecology'. Waterlines presents information about some of the work Water Technology professionals have been undertaking in Australia's waterways. .
FMA Climate Change Position Paper 29th May 2020
In February FMA conducted a survey on Climate Change Flood Risk Provisions in Land Use Planning to better understand what policies and planning controls have been adopted by Councils in Victoria, NSW and Queensland..
Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities 28th May 2020
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has released a new handbook Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities, focusing on land use planning for new development and its role in supporting disaster resilient communities. .
Planning for Flood Risk Management Training 1st May 2020
Carrie Dearnley (BMT), Shannon Haines (Ethos Urban) and Paul Grech (GLN Planning) will be holding an online training course via Zoom “Planning for Flood Risk Management” on 19th May. .
FMA AGM Postponed 30th April 2020
As the FMA National Conference will not be held on-site at Toowoomba this year the FMA Quarterly Meeting and Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday 21 May have been postponed. These meetings will be re-scheduled to the next appropriate Quarterly Meeting dates in Brisbane and Sydney, hopefully in August. .
BOM's Wet Weather Outlook 29th April 2020
The April NSW Flood Warning Consultative Committee meeting heard that the Winter outlook is favouring wetter conditions for much of Australia. .
New Book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' 29th April 2020
Well known communicator on disaster management and principal of Molino Stewart Neil Dufty, has published a new online book Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement..
New Resilience Agency Announced 29th April 2020
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the creation of a new government agency, Resilience NSW, to drive disaster preparedness and recovery. The organisation will be led by former NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. .
Young Floodplain Managers Announcement 25th April 2020
We are delighted to announce that the Young Floodplain Managers’ Charter has been endorsed by the FMA Executive Committee, and YFM is now a Subcommittee of FMA. .
Updated Flood Guidance for Councils 23rd April 2020
As Members would be aware the NSW Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment has been working to update the 2007 Flood Planning Guideline which no longer aligns with the NSW Government’s approach to flood risk management. .
FMA Conference Update! 9th April 2020
Keep Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May open for the digital FMA Conference! .
Regional NSW Organisations Leading the Way in Collaborative Floodplain Management 31st March 2020
FMA President Ian Dinham attended the most recent NSW Northern Region Flood Forum hosted by Bellingen Shire Council and Chaired by Kempsey Shire Council’s Flood and Drainage Engineer Jacob Franklin on the 5th of March 2020..
Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements 31st March 2020
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was established on 20 February 2020 following the extreme bushfire season of 2019-20. .
FMA Excellence Awards Postponed 27th March 2020
Floodplain Management Australia’s nation-wide Excellence Awards publicly recognise the outstanding contribution of FMA organisations and individuals towards promoting wise land use planning, reducing flood impacts, managing flood incidents or restoring communities after a flood event..
COVID-19: Important Notice Regarding 2020 FMA National Conference 20th March 2020
First and foremost, our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the unprecedented spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. So we can help keep you all safe, we will not be running our in-person Conference in Toowoomba this year. .
2020 FMA Excellence Awards Open 11th March 2020
The 2020 Floodplain Management Australia Excellence Awards are opening at 12noon Tuesday, 3 March. .
2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 9th March 2020
The 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) is being held from 29 June to 2 July 2020 in Brisbane. The Conference is convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and will be hosted by the Australian Government. .
ASFPM Urban Flooding Report 8th March 2020
The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Foundation has released a report on “the emerging threat” of urban flooding in the United States. .
NSW Floodplain Management Grants Now Open 7th March 2020
As FMA Members were notified at the recent NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney, applications are now open for the 2020-21 Floodplain Management Grants Program from the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment..
Queensland Chapter Roundup 7th March 2020
This February, flood professionals from Queensland convened at the George Williams Hotel for the FMA Queensland Chapter Meeting..
Sydney Chapter Roundup 7th March 2020
Over fifty flood professionals attended the recent FMA NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney at the Bureau of Meteorology this month. Delegates were able to network and catch up with colleagues after the end of year break, and hear industry updates from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES), the Bureau of Meteorology and the Young Floodplain Managers Network..
Conference Early Bird Closing 20 March 5th March 2020
There are only 18 days until Early Bird Registrations for the 2020 FMA Conference in Toowoomba close! Register before 20 March to make the most of the available discounts. Remember, if you are a current FMA Member, or member of an FMA Member organisation, you qualify for special Conference rates also. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact us and we can help you out..
What Happens When Cars Drive Through Moving Flood Water? 2nd February 2020
In nearly every flood event we hear of motorists entering floodwaters, risking not only their own lives but those of passengers and rescue personnel. .
Want to Visit the UNSW Water Research Laboratory? 1st February 2020
The NSW/ACT Chapter Workshop on Thursday 20 February will be a visit to the Water Research Laboratory (WRL) at Manly Vale to view physical models, project displays and field equipment. The Laboratory is part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of NSW Sydney, and is one of the biggest scientific and engineering facilities in Australia..
Toowoomba Conference Update 31st January 2020
Did you know that the 2020 FMA National Conference in Toowoomba is only 15 weeks away? With organisation well underway to ensure this Conference is FMA's best yet, we have the absolute pleasure of announcing that the Insurance Council of Australia has come onboard again as Platinum Sponsor..
Townsville Workshop Presentations Available 27th January 2020
This past November, as you may know, FMA ventured to Townsville for it's second-ever regional Meeting for a day packed with incredibly illuminating information regarding the devastating 2019 February monsoon floods..
Season's Greetings 4th December 2019
FMA would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful new year. .
Young Floodplain Managers Network Update 3rd December 2019
Young Floodplain Managers (YFM) recently partnered with Catchment Simulation Solutions, GRC Hydro, GLN Planning, and WMAwater to hold the first annual YFM End of Year Networking event..
NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney 2nd December 2019
The well attended Sydney FMA Meeting at the Bureau of Meteorology heard Communications Director Sue Ribbons extol the virtues of fabulous new Teaching Resources that are now available online for Secondary and Primary school students as part of the Water in the World curriculum (at this link on the SES website.) .
Regional Meeting in Townsville a Success 2nd December 2019
FMA held it’s second ever regional meeting in Townsville on the 14th November with a full room, some familiar faces and some new to FMA..
2020 Conference Update: Registrations Now Open! 1st December 2019
Registrations for the 2020 FMA National Conference in Toowoomba are now open!.
FMA Brisbane Meeting Roundup 1st December 2019
FMA met on the 13th November at the AECOM building in Brisbane to convene it’s November Queensland Chapter Meeting..
Young Floodplain Managers Network 6th September 2019
A Young Floodplain Managers (YFM) network is being established within the FMA!.
Tweed Emergency Dashboard Wins Award 5th September 2019
FMA Member Tweed Shire Council has won the Reporting to Your Community Award at the RH Dougherty Awards for Communications for the Tweed Emergency Dashboard. .
Melbourne Water Flood Strategy Refresh 4th September 2019
FMA Member Melbourne Water has announced that it has started work on the refresh of its Flood Management Strategy, which sets the direction for flood management in the Port Phillip and Westernport region in Victoria..
Regional Queensland Meeting in Townsville 3rd September 2019
During the recent FMA Brisbane Meeting, it was announced that a regional meeting of FMA will be held in Townsville on Thursday 14 November. Please save the date in your diaries now. More details of the meeting will be made available closer to the date..
Conference Photos Now Available 2nd September 2019
Those present during the recent August FMA Meetings were provided with the website link for access to the online photo album of the 2019 FMA Conference in Canberra. .
FMA NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup 1st September 2019
The Bureau of Meteorology saw a packed room for the August FMA NSW/ACT Chapter meeting in Sydney. .
FMA Queensland Chapter Meeting Roundup 1st September 2019
FRM professionals gathered in Brisbane this month for the FMA Queensland Chapter Meeting to discuss the latest in the industry. .
Insurance Inquiry Update Report 1st September 2019
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry Second Update Report. .
Wollongong Council Seeking Photos of Blocked/Partly Blocked Culverts 1st September 2019
Wollongong Council is working in parnership with University of Wollongong to train an Artificial Intelligence to detect the severity of culvert blockage during a flood. .
AIDR Conference 2nd August 2019
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience will be holding their annual Conference during 28-29 August..
Conference Photos to be Released 2nd August 2019
During the recent FMA National Conference in Canberra, delegates would have noticed the professional Conference photographer Peter Secchi taking snaps throughout the week..
Catastrophe Loss Models 1st August 2019
Corporate Member Risk Frontiers has released its latest Briefing Note: Using catastrophe loss models to improve decision making in disaster management. .
Don't Miss Out - Sydney FRM Short Course 1st August 2019
The first block of the FMA-DPIE Floodplain Risk Management Short Course Introduction to Floodplain Risk Management will be commencing 1-2 August in Sydney at the University of Technology. .
Graduate Seeking Unpaid Work Experience 1st August 2019
FMA has been advised of a qualified civil engineer with more than 8 years’ experience in Nepal in consulting companies involved in hydropower, irrigation, river training works and building who is looking for an unpaid vocational placement..
FMA August Meetings in Brisbane and Sydney 31st July 2019
Floodplain Management Australia will be convening its August Quarterly Meetings in Brisbane and Sydney during August. .
Flood Insurance Q and A in Brisbane 31st July 2019
A highlight of the 7 August FMA Meeting and Workshop in Brisbane will be a Q & A where Karl Sullivan from the Insurance Council of Australia will provide an update on the insurance industry, discuss the ramifications of the Townsville flood and field questions on all aspects of flood insurance..
FMA Members Join Forces 1st July 2019
FMA Professional Member Michael Cawood, one of Victoria’s most experienced flood risk and emergency management professionals, is joining forces with the HARC team from July 1, 2019. HARC (Hydrology and Risk Consulting) is a Corporate FMA Member based in Victoria which specialises in surface water hydrology and flood modelling. .
Floodplain Risk Management Short Course 1st July 2019
The FMA-OEH Flood Risk Management Short Course will be commencing in Sydney at the University of Technology during August. The Short Course is offered in three blocks:.
National Resilience Taskforce Concludes 1st July 2019
The National Resilience Taskforce, set up in May 2018 within the Department of Home Affairs, has concluded its activities. During this time it delivered:.
Flood CoP Workshop on Brisbane River SFMP 30th June 2019
The Flood Community of Practice is convening a workshop on the Strategic Floodplain Management Plan (SFMP) for the Brisbane River on Monday 15 July in South Brisbane. .
New Flood Research Project Starts Up 30th June 2019
The National Centre for Flood Research (NCFR), operated by FMA Member Southern Cross University, is starting a new project entitled "Exploring the access to, use of and trust in flood communication and information". .
Suncorp Disaster Recovery Report 30th June 2019
Suncorp has released a report prepared by SGS Economics and Planning, which considers the role of insurance in restoring local community activity and reducing the long-term impact of natural disasters. Economic Recovery after Disaster Strikes looks at community recovery from Cyclone Debbie, the Tathra bushfires and the Hobart flood. .
NSW Dams Safety Public Consultation 29th June 2019
As outlined by Belinda Davies, Chair of the NSW Interim Dams Safety Advisory Committee, at the February NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting a new regulation was being developed for the NSW Dams Safety Act 2015. .
PHD Scholarship in Community Flood Resilience 28th June 2019
The Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme program is supporting a PhD scholarship in community disaster resilience in floods. The Scheme is operated by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and is currently under review..
Flood Warning Standard Final Consultation 1st June 2019
The National Flood Warning Infrastructure Working Group has developed a draft Standard for Flood Warning Infrastructure which is now released for final consultation..
Memorandum with Understanding with ASFPM 1st June 2019
FMA President Ian Dinham has signed an historic agreement with our counterpart in the USA, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). .
FMA Conference Roundup 31st May 2019
Another FMA Conference has come and gone and to all of those who attended, thank you and we miss you already. The FMA Conference is a melting pot of experts and professionals from the flood realm and it so inspiring to see each of our delegates engaging with new ideas, innovations and connections..
Harold Sternbeck Medal Winner Announced 31st May 2019
FMA Communications Director Sue Ribbons is delighted to announce the winner of the 2019 Harold Sternbeck Medal: .
FMA Excellence Awards Winners 29th May 2019
The Winner of the 2019 FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management Project of the Year was announced at the FMA National Conference in Canberra this month..
Netherlands Consulate Reception 28th May 2019
FMA Ambassador, and now Deputy President, Allan Gear was among dignitaries to attend the Netherlands’ Kings Day reception in Sydney last month..
$3.9 Billion Emergency Response Fund 2nd May 2019
This month’s budget announcements by Treasurer Hon Josh Frydenberg included the establishment of “a new $3.9 billion Emergency Response Fund that will ensure additional resourcing is available to support future natural disaster recovery efforts”..
Disaster Risk Reduction Framework Released 1st May 2019
The Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, has released the final version of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework..
Influence of Road Characteristics on Flood Fatalities 1st May 2019
FMA Corporate Member Risk Frontiers’ Andrew Gissing has advised that the results of a study on the influence of road characteristics on flood fatalities in Australia has recently been made available..
Interested in USA Flood Staff Exchange? 29th April 2019
Benefits of FMA Membership include access to our wide network of flood professionals, and providing professional development opportunities. President Ian Dinham has been asked about the possibility of FMA facilitating the exchange of floodplain management staff with organisations in the United States, or elsewhere. .
Brisbane River Strategic Plan Released 27th April 2019
The Queensland Government has released the Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan which includes 52 recommendations for the Queensland and Local Governments to implement to strengthen the flood resilience of communities living, working and visiting the Brisbane River floodplain. .
Meet the 2019 - 2012 Officebearers 24th April 2019
Nominations for the 2019-2021 FMA Office-bearers closed on 3 April. As one nomination was received for each position the nominees are elected..
FMA Excellence Awards Now OPEN! 4th March 2019
The Floodplain Management Australia Excellence Awards are officially OPEN!.
Floodplain Manager 2nd March 2019
FMA Corporate Member Molino Stewart publishes a monthly online publication through its website, titled the Floodplain Manager. .
NSW Floodplain Management Grants 2nd March 2019
As FMA Members were notified at the recent NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney last week, applications are now open for the 2019-20 Floodplain Management Grants Program from the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. .
FMA Canberra Conference Update 1st March 2019
There are less than 70 days until the FMA Conference in Canberra begins, but only 21 days until Early Registrations close. Make sure you register now to save on the Conference Rates..
February NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup 1st March 2019
The recent FMA NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting, held at the Bureau of Meterology, Sydney on the 22 February was one of our most well attended to date. .
February Queensland Chapter Meeting Roundup 1st March 2019
Northern FMA Members convened at the AECOM building for the Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane on the 13 February..
Risk Frontiers on the 2019 Townsville Flood 1st March 2019
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has released its most recent Briefing Note (389), addressing the flooding that occurred through January and February in the Townsville region of Northern Queensland..
New Doppler Radars for NSW 28th February 2019
The NSW Government has just announced funding for the construction and operation of three new Doppler Radar Weather Stations. .
Guidelines for Development in Flood Affected Areas 27th February 2019
The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) has recently completed Guidelines for Development in Flood Affected Areas to help Victorian floodplain managers assess development proposals consistently..
NSW OEH Webpage Updates 5th February 2019
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has updated a number of informative webpages that FMA Members may find useful: .
Press Release: A Record Flood for Townsville 5th February 2019
With record flooding and rain still falling it's a very serious emergency for everyone in the Townsville area. The Bureau of Meteorology advises that 1 metre of rain has fallen in the last week with a further 450mm by Monday end..
ACT Flood Maps Now Available 1st February 2019
New flood maps of the ACT region were released in early December and can be viewed online at
FMA Member Project Spotlight - Casino Urban Drainage Study 1st February 2019
FMA Corporate Member, Flume Engineering has provided the following article which outlines work undertaken in the Casino Urban Drainage Study for Richmond Valley Council in northern NSW..
Meet Canberra's Sponsors and Exhibitors 1st February 2019
With the Conference less than 6 months away, FMA is proud to announce the Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 - the Insurance Council of Australia. .
Welcome to Central Highlands Regional Council 1st February 2019
FMA would like to welcome it's newest Full Member to the association's ever-growing national network of flood professionals; Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC)..
February FMA Meetings in Sydney and Brisbane 31st January 2019
FMA will be convening its upcoming meetings in Sydney and Brisbane during February..
FMA Member Wins LGNSW Award for Excellence 30th January 2019
FMA Full Member, Liverpool City Council has won the 2018 Water Management Award at the LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards..
Tweed Shire Flooding Simulation 6th December 2018
Tweed Shire Council has published a simulation video that shows the real risk of flooding in the Murwillumbah central business district as a way to create more community awareness in the area following the severe flood event in 2017..
FMA NSW/ACT Meeting Roundup 3rd December 2018
FMA once again returned to the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney for the NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting on the 22 November..
Flood Professionals Inundate Rockhampton 3rd December 2018
This month saw FMA go regional by hosting its very first Queensland Chapter Meeting in Rockhampton at the trendy venue Headrick’s Lane..
Only Six Months Until Canberra 2nd December 2018
It is now only six months until the Floodplain Management Australia National Conference in Canberra and the Conference Committee is hard at work ensuring that this is the best FMA Conference we’ve ever had to offer. .
OEH ARR16 Transitional Guide Available 1st December 2018
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has released a transitional guide for ARR16 this month; Floodplain Risk Management Guide – Incorporating 2016 Australian Rainfall and Runoff in studies..
FMA is heading to Central Queensland 5th November 2018
FMA is moving to Central Queensland for our 14 November Meeting and Workshop! .
Upcoming NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney 5th November 2018
FMA will be back at our usual venue for the NSW/ACT Chapter workshop in November, at the Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney on the 22 November. .
Australian Water School Mainstreaming and Modelling Webinar 4th November 2018
The Australian Water School is holding a Mainstreaming and Modelling webinar on Monday 19 November, addressing How gender analysis can be applied to a water management modelling framework..
Water NSW Amendment (Warragamba Dam) Bill 2018 3rd November 2018
On 26 September the NSW Government directed the Standing Committee on State Development to inquire into the Water NSW Amendment (Warragamba Dam) Bill 2018..
New Waterlines Edition 1st October 2018
FMA Member Water Technology has just released it's latest edition of Waterlines..
Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open 21st September 2018
The Conference Committee is now calling for papers for the 2019 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference, hosted by the ACT Government..
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ANAO Audit of the Bureau of Meteorology 1st September 2018
The Australian National Audit Office is undertaking a performance audit of the Bureau of Meteorology's delivery of extreme weather services. .
FMA Member BMT Award Win 31st August 2018
The Queensland Division of the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards 2018 has recognised BMT and Aurecon, with the prestigious RJ Hawken Award for their work on the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study..
National Centre for Flood Research Symposium 22nd August 2018
The newly established National Centre for Flood Research brings together experts in world-class research institutions, with well-established research capability in water management, health sciences, planning, hydrology, hydrogeology and hydraulics, hydrometeorology, land cover and floodplain science and policy, climate change and civil engineering..
Did You See Us in the ASFPM Newsletter? 1st August 2018
As you may know, FMA President Ian Dinham and FMA Ambassador Allan Gear travelled to the United States to attend the Association of State Floodplain Manager's Annual Conference in June..
2018 Harold Sternbeck Winner Announced 1st July 2018
The prestigious Harold Sternbeck Medal is awarded at the FMA Annual Conference each year to recognize excellence for the best paper presentation at the conference. .
Brisbane Workshop on Performance Based Specifications for River/Rain Gauges 1st July 2018
As announced at the Annual General Meeting last month FMA will from now on be holding a Meeting and Workshop each August for our Queensland Chapter..
FRM Short Course Running Soon 1st July 2018
The FMA-OEH Floodplain Risk Management Short Course will be taking place again this year, with blocks being held in August, September and October..
Gold Coast Conference Papers Now Available to Members 1st July 2018
Current FMA Members can now access this year’s Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations from the Gold Coast in the Members’ Section..
National Mitigation Framework Sprint 1st July 2018
In April the Australian Government announced the formation of the National Resilience Taskforce within the Department of Home Affairs, to lead the development of a national framework for disaster mitigation. .
Welcome Prospect Environmental 1st July 2018
FMA would like to welcome its newest Corporate Member to our national network of flood risk professionals - Prospect Environmental. .
HEC RAS 1D + 2D Sydney Training - 10% off for FMA Members* 11th May 2018
HEC-RAS is recognised globally as an industry standard hydraulic modelling program and is available for use without charge. Using the latest version, these courses cover basic, intermediate and advanced levels across both 1D and 2D, and gives you access to select HEC-RAS experts who are BETA testers and work in the industry..
HEC RAS Pre-Conference Training 11th May 2018
HDR Engineering is hosting Pre-Conference HEC RAS Training Seminars on Monday 28 May 2018 in the lead up to the FMA National Conference at Gold Coast. .
TUFLOW Training 20% Off for FMA Members 11th May 2018
TUFLOW is a world-leading, powerful 1D and 2D computational engine for simulating floods, tides and pipe network hydraulics. It has been successfully applied world-wide to a diverse range of applications, scaling from coastal storm tide inundation to regional whole-of-catchment flooding, right down to fine-scale urban flooding with complex pipe networks. .
FMA Online Resources Series - New Resources Available NOW 27th April 2018
The Online Resources Series was commenced by Communications Director Sue Ribbons in November 2016 as a pilot project for online resources and information for FMA Members..
BoM Releases TC Debbie Report 4th April 2018
Twelve months on from Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has released the Tropical Cyclone Debbie Technical Report..
Flood CoP Forum 3rd April 2018
The Flood Community of Practice will be hosting a forum titled ‘WaterFutures: From Vision in a Book to Application’ on Thursday 19 April in Brisbane..
Welcome New Members 2nd April 2018
FMA would like to welcome a swath of new Members to our growing network of flood risk professionals this month. .
2018 Conference - Hydrologic and Hydraulic Seminars 1st April 2018
Two new Seminars have been added to the 2018 FMA National Conference line-up on the afternoon of Monday 28 May..
2018 Pre-Conference Courses Announced 1st March 2018
Building on the support for the Training Course provided at the Newcastle Conference two streams are being offered this year, on Monday 28 May. .
FMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018 OPEN 14th February 2018
The 2018 round of the Floodplain Management Australia Excellence Awards are now open..
Flood Deaths in Northern Territory 1st February 2018
FMA Corporate Member Risk Frontiers has put together a Briefing Note discussing deaths from flood events in the Northern Territory. .
Are You Under-Insured? 11th December 2017
Many homeowners within Australia have under-insured their property and their contents, are you one of them?.
Welcome New Member VIC SES 10th December 2017
FMA would like to welcome the Victoria State Emergency Service to the national flood network as our latest Corporate Member. .
2018 EA Awards - Prize Money Boost 9th December 2017
Have you started thinking about your entry to the 2018 FMA Excellence Awards yet? .
FRM Short Course Hits 500! 9th December 2017
The FMA-OEH Floodplain Risk Management Short Course run at the University of Technology, Sydney has hit the 500 graduates mark!.
Queensland Chapter Meeting Roundup 8th December 2017
The Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane was well attended this month with updates being provided by the FMA Executive, the National Flood Risk Advisory Group, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology. .
New Report into the Costs of Natural Disasters 7th December 2017
The Australian Business Roundtable (ABR) for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities has released itsfifth research report, ‘Building resilience to natural disasters in our states and territories’. The report, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, focusses on the current and anticipated costs of natural disasters by state and territory to 2050, and examines the importance of building resilience. .
FMA At Senate Climate Change Enquiry 6th December 2017
FMA Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech and Queensland Director Dwayne Honor have provided evidence to the Senate Inquiry into the current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, at the public hearing in Sydney on 23 November. .
NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup 6th December 2017
Back at the usual venue of the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting saw over 50 flood risk professionals join to discuss FRM in the state, the future direction of FMA and current land use planning issues..
2018 FMA National Conference Registration NOW OPEN 20th November 2017
Registration for the 2018 FMA National Conference at Gold Coast is NOW OPEN..
IGEM's Tropical Cyclone Debbie Review 4th November 2017
The Queensland Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM), Iain MacKenzie AFSM, has presented his Office’s report into the effectiveness of the disaster management system in response to Tropical Cyclone Debbie to the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services..
UN Environment Online Course 2nd November 2017
UN Environment has relaunched its Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Note 355 1st November 2017
FMA Corporate Member Risk Frontiers has released its Briefing Note 355 Have We Increased our Vulnerability to Big Floods by Chas Keys..
2018 Conference Trade and Sponsorship Opportunities 31st October 2017
Are you interested in increasing your brand exposure to hundreds of flood risk practitioners? How about making lasting networking connections with like-minded professionals? Do you have some new cutting-edge technology that you want to introduce to decision-makers in the industry?.
Canadian 'Design for Resilience' Recommendations 31st October 2017
Larry Larson, well-known colleague at the US Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), has drawn our attention to a recommendation by Canada’s University of Waterloo for a standard for new flood resilient residential communities..
Conference Call for Abstracts CLOSED 31st October 2017
Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Floodplain Management Australia Conference at Gold Coast officially closed on 30 October. .
SES Flood Portal Launch 16th October 2017
In September, NSW Ministers Troy Grant (Emergency Services) and Gabrielle Upton (Environment) announced the launch of the NSW Flood Data Access Program. The Program consists of two main initiatives, the NSW Flood Data Portal and the NSW Flood Database. .
2018 Conference Call for Abstracts OPEN 14th October 2017
The 2018 FMA National Conference at Gold Coast is creeping closer and with only 7 months left to go, Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN..
Welcome New FMA Member - Burchill's Engineering Solutions 1st October 2017
FMA would like to welcome a new Corporate Member to Floodplain Management Australia's ever-growing Membership: Burchill's Engineering Solutions. .
2018 FMA Conference Updates 1st September 2017
Organisation for the 2018 FMA National Conference at Gold Coast is well underway with just over 8 months to go. .
Dr Stephen Yeo Leads Windsor Flood Walks 1st September 2017
During the 150th Anniversary of the Great Flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean this month, FMA Professional Member Dr. Stephen Yeo led walking tours highlighting the flood history of the Windsor area. The flood tours were incredibly popular, and quickly booked out as they provided residents with insights into the famed flooding of 1867, and the shared community stories of the event..
FMA Executives Visit Victorian Members 1st September 2017
It was a full house for the Flood Data and Insurance Workshop hosted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in Melbourne on 24 August..
Harold Sternbeck Medal Presentation 1st September 2017
During the recent FMA NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney, FMA President Ian Dinham and FMA Communications Director Sue Ribbons formally presented the prestigious Harold Sternbeck Medal to this year’s winner Dr. Raymond Laine..
NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Roundup 1st September 2017
Over 50 Members and visitors attended the NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting on 17 August at the elegant Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney. .
National Flood Manual Workshop Sydney - 19 September 1st September 2017
Engineers Australia’s Water Panel is running a full day seminar on the latest advances in the flood risk space and the National Manual, with a specific focus on the recently released Handbook 7: Managing the floodplain: A guide to best practice floodplain management. .
Welcome New FMA Members 1st September 2017
FMA would like to welcome two new Corporate Members into Floodplain Management Australia:.
Special FMA Offer - Training in HEC-RAS Hydraulic Modelling 8th August 2017
Following the success of the FMA Conference HEC-RAS training course a comprehensive training course of up to 5 days is now being offered from 11 to 15 September in Brisbane. .
2017 Harold Sternbeck Medal Winner Announced 1st August 2017
Dr Raymond Laine (Professional FMA Member), founder of Tasmanian firm Ozengage for his presentation "Bring the Marshmallows: New Engagement Technologies Stoking Flood Conversations"..
City of Launceston's Flood Achievement Acknowledged 1st August 2017
City of Launceston was listed as a finalist in the Awards for Excellence at last week’s annual conference of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) for its response to the 2016 flood threat. .
Conference Presentations Available to All 1st August 2017
Presentations from the 2017 FMA National Conference in May are now available to the public on on the Resources page..
Flood Community of Practice Book Launch 1st August 2017
The Queensland Flood Community of Practice has released a water management blue print for South East Queensland. The book Water Futures: An Integrated Water and Flood Management Plan for enhancing Liveability in South East Queensland was developed by sustainable design architect James Davidson, in collaboration with the Queensland Flood Community of Practice..
Floodplain Risk Management Short Course Begins 3 August 1st August 2017
The 2017 FMA-OEH Floodplain Risk Management Short Course at the University of Technology, Sydney will be commencing on 3 August. .
Queensland to be the Most Disaster-Resilient State? 1st August 2017
The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) has released two key documents this month..
Upcoming NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting Venue Change 1st August 2017
The upcoming NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting to held on the 17 August in Sydney has had a change of venue as our regular location is unavailable..
Watch - USA Flood Address - ASFPM Conference 1st August 2017
Most FMA Members are familiar with our USA colleagues ASFPM, after having their delegations attend many of our National Conferences. ASFPM holds their Annual Conference mid-year, and in some years FMA Members have attended and presented a snapshot view of flood risk management in Australia. .
Welcome New Corporate Members 1st August 2017
Welcome to the Members who have joined FMA during the month of July..
Tasmanian Flood Reports Released 2nd July 2017
The Tasmanian Government has released the Report of the Independent Review into the Tasmanian Floods. Former Auditor-General Mike Blake was commissioned to prepare the report following the floods of June and July 2016..
Brisbane City Council FloodWise Property Reports Updated 1st July 2017
Following the recent completion of the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study Brisbane City Council has updated its FloodWise Property Reports (FWPRs) and Flood Awareness Map (FAM) to incorporate the new information..
FMA President Meets with Federal Minister Keenan 1st July 2017
FMA President Ian Dinham has met with Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan in Canberra to discuss flood mitigation and disaster recovery funding. Minister Keenan’s portfolio includes funding and support for natural disaster risk management programs..
FMA President Speaks to PIA Seminar 1st July 2017
The Northern NSW Branch of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) recently held a Planning to be Resilient Seminar at Bingara. The session covered a range of topics related to natural disaster resilience, including Flood Planning where FMA President Ian Dinham discussed Rethinking Floodplain Planning using a Flood Risk Management Approach..
Interested in Geomorphology and Paleoflood Data? 1st July 2017
2017 Conference attendees will recall the fascinating Keynote Presentation by Associate Professor Jacky Croke entitled What did we learn from the Lockyer Valley 2011 Flood? Lessons and Opportunities from the Big flood Project..
Water Technology Autumn Waterlines Newsletter Out Now 1st July 2017
FMA Member Water Technology has released its latest ‘Waterlines’ newsletter. As many FMA Members will recognise, Water Technology was nominated in both categories for the 2017 FMA Excellence Awards at our recent Conference in Newcastle for their exceptional work..
Conference Feedback - Thank You 30th June 2017
Thank you to those who submitted feedback regarding the recent FMA Conference in Newcastle via the online survey provided..
Risk Frontiers Becomes an Independent R&D Company 30th June 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers, Australia’s longest running natural hazards research centre, is spinning out from Macquarie University after a successful partnership of 23 years. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Note Released: Anniversary of the Great Hawkesbury Flood 30th June 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has released its latest Briefing Note, this one concerning the anniversary of the Great Hawkesbury Flood from 150 years ago..
Welcome New FMA Members 30th June 2017
FMA would like to take the opportunity to welcome a number of new Members into the Membership:.
Conference Conversations with Gerry Gannon 29th June 2017
Gerry Gannon (MC of the recent FMA Newcastle Conference) interviews interesting speakers he’s met with at Conferences all over Australia for his podcast ‘Conference Conversations with Gerry Gannon’..
2017 FMA Conference Communique 1st June 2017
Thanks again to Allan Gear who facilitated the closing National Flood Forum, and thanks to all those who contributed to the session. .
AIDR Handbook 7 Released 1st June 2017
During Federal Justice Minister the Hon Michael Keenan’s video welcome at the FMA National Conference, he launched the latest in the series of Australian Emergency Management publications, Handbook 7 Managing the Floodplain – a Guide to Best Practice in Flood Risk Management in Australia. .
FMA National Conference Roundup 1st June 2017
What a week in Newcastle! Starting with flood modelling training on Monday and concluding with the National Flood Forum on Friday, this was FMA’s largest and most comprehensive Conference to date with 387 registrations from all Australian states and territories, New Zealand, USA, Singapore and Vietnam..
Gerry Gannon Interviews FMA President 1st June 2017
Gerry Gannon Interviews FMA President Conference MC Gerry Gannon, who describes himself as Ireland’s greatest export, kept us to time, directed us to our chosen venues, and delivered enlightening commentary as well as providing discerning observations on host city, Newcastle..
HEC-RAS Water Modelling Course 1st June 2017
HEC-RAS Water Modelling The busy Conference week kicked off with 25 floodies participating in an introductory training session on hydraulic modelling, led by Krey Price from Surface Water Solutions and Mark Forest from HDR Engineering. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Note - Disaster Risk Management: US Experience 31st May 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has published a new Briefing Note this month, regarding disaster risk management in the United States of America. .
Risk Frontiers Briefing Notes - Lismore 27th April 2017
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has published two briefing notes this month regarding flood risk; No. 340 Flood Risk Perceptions of Lismore Businesses and No. 342 The 2017 Lismore Flood - insights from the field..
FMA Excellence Awards - Deadline Extended 7th April 2017
The 2017 FMA Excellence Awards nomination deadline has been extended. .
FMA National Conference Update - Keynote 7th April 2017
The next FMA National Conference will be held in the coastal city of Newcastle, New South Wales in just five weeks. The focus of this Conference is Preparing for the Next Great Flood which looks at applying lessons from past floods, to help our communities avoid future disasters..
Harold Sternbeck Medal - Will you be this year's winner? 7th April 2017
Will you presenting a paper at our National Conference in May? Would you like to win the most coveted award at the Conference? .
Tweed Flooding - Mayor Appeal Fund 7th April 2017
Tweed Shire Council has established a Mayor Appeal Fund to draw together support from across the region and around the country in the midst of the worst flooding the Tweed has ever experienced. .
FMA President Presents at Country Mayors Association Meeting 6th April 2017
FMA President, Ian Dinham, was invited to give a presentation to the recent Country Mayors Association meeting at Parliament House in Sydney which was attended by over 60 Mayors and General Managers from around NSW..
FMA Submissions 6th April 2017
FMA Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech has lodged two submissions with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment this month: .
Bathurst Regional Council - Perthville FRM Project 7th March 2017
FMA Member Bathurst Regional Council has closed tenders for the implementation of Perthville Flood Mitigation Works, with Council currently assessing..
Get to Know Our Members - Australian Composite Walls 7th March 2017
FMA Members who were present at our February NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney this month will be familiar with FMA Corporate Member Australian Composite Walls, and its representative Steve Whelan..
BoM Design Rainfalls Web Page Updated 4th March 2017
As discussed at the FMA’s NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney on 23 February the Bureau of Meteorology has updated its design rainfalls web page to include:.
New Members - Melbourne Water and TAS Professionals 4th March 2017
Melbourne Water has joined FMA’s Membership as our latest Corporate Member..
Australia Day Honours for Councillor Bill Wheeldon 3rd March 2017
Last month, long-term FMA delegate Councillor Bill Wheeldon of Wentworth, New South Wales, was awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)..
FMA February Meetings 2nd March 2017
Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane and NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting. .
New Submission Available Online 2nd March 2017
Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech has compiled a submission on the Draft Climate Change Strategic Plan to the New South Wales Government, which was lodged on the 22 February..
FMA Conference Early Registrations Close 13 March 1st March 2017
The FMA Conference is creeping closer, and the time for you to make the most of registration discounts is almost up. Early Registrations close by 13 March 2017!.
FMA Excellence Awards Now OPEN 1st March 2017
The FMA Excellence Awards are now officially OPEN! The Excellence Awards were established to publicly recognize the outstanding contribution of FMA organisations and individuals towards promoting wise land use planning, reducing flood impacts, managing flood incidents or restoring communities after a flood event..
Better Arrangements Still Needed for Flood Mitigation and Recovery 1st February 2017
FMA President Ian Dinham says the December response by the Australian Government to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Disaster Funding Arrangements, while encouraging, still leaves much to be desired..
FMA Excellence Awards - Have You Got Your Entry Ready? 1st February 2017
The time to start preparing your 2017 entry to the FMA Excellence Awards is NOW!.
New NSW Government Cabinet 1st February 2017
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced details of her new Cabinet on 29 January. There have been a number of changes to portfolios with which FMA has dealings..
2017 National Conference Update 31st January 2017
Our next FMA National Conference is only 15 weeks away! Have you registered yet?.
FMA's Land Use Planning Policy Updated 31st January 2017
FMA’s Land Use Planning Position Policy is a flood risk management planning guideline for use by FMA to advocate best practice. It was developed by the Land Use Planning Working Group, led by Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech, and adopted at the AGM in May 2015..
Get to Know our Members - Lyall & Associates 31st January 2017
Lyall & Associates offers specialist engineering services primarily in the fields of water resources and environmental engineering, with particular emphasis on catchment/floodplain modelling and Floodplain Management..
UK Winter Floods Report 3rd January 2017
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in collaboration with the British Hydrological Society in the United Kingdom have released their report for the winter floods of 2015/16..
Apps You Need Now 2nd January 2017
BoM Weather App The Bureau of Meteorology has released a Weather smartphone app, which gives you the most accurate weather predictions for your area. .
HEC-RAS 5.0 Training Course 2nd January 2017
For the first time participants in the FMA Conference will be able to undertake hands-on training in flood modelling. The course will be run on Monday 15 May, the day before the Pre-conference Workshops..
FMA Conference Registration is OPEN 1st January 2017
Online registration for FMA’s 2017 National Conference in Newcastle has now opened at
Vietnamese Delegation - FMA Members Needed 31st December 2016
Jaya Kandasamy, Associate Professsor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), addressed the Quarterly Meeting in November requesting the assistance of FMA Members..
ARR 2016 Guidelines Have Moved 2nd December 2016
Geoscience Australia has advised that the ARR 2016 Guidelines have now been officially finalised, providing engineers and consultants with the guidance and datasets necessary to produce more accurate and consistent flood studies and mapping across Australia..
Welcome New Members 1st December 2016
We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest FMA Corporate Member – Sydney based consulting firm Lyall and Associates..
Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation Project - 20 Years On 30th November 2016
FMA Member Hunter Local Land Services has hosted a 20 year celebration of one of the country’s most significant wetland rehabilitation projects. Hexham Swamp is a nationally important wetland, and part of the Hunter River Estuary near Newcastle, NSW. .
Lake Macquarie City Council Wins PIA Award 30th November 2016
FMA Member Lake Macquarie City Council has taken out the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) Hard Won Victory Award for its Planning for Future Flood Risks: Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan. The Award is presented for a planning initiative that has resulted in positive planning outcomes in the face of difficult or trying circumstances..
Netherlands Royal Visit and Trade Mission 30th November 2016
Delegates from the 2016 Netherlands Trade Mission to Australia attended a joint seminar with Australian flood and coastal experts at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science on 3 November..
Sydney Quarterly Meeting and Workshop 29th November 2016
The November Quarterly Meeting of FMA was held in Sydney on 24 November at the Bureau of Meteorology and was exceptionally well attended..
City of Sydney Raingardens 24th November 2016
At the City of Sydney (FMA Member), the engineers in Technical Services developed a range of water quality components for the drainage network to meet ambitious Sydney 2030 water quality targets. One of the most innovative ideas is using small spaces in the city’s streets for decentralised water quality systems. .
Queensland Chapter Meeting and Workshop 21st November 2016
Around 40 FMA Members and visitors participated in a very busy Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane on 16 November. President Ian Dinham said that it is pleasing to see the increasing number of organisations represented, and the range of issues being discussed..
ARR 2016 Update 11th November 2016
The 2016 modernisation of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff guidelines has largely been completed, and is the first major update of the guidelines in almost 30 years.
BOM Flash Flood Advisory Resource (FLARE) 10th November 2016
In Australia, flash floods are generally defined as those floods that occur within six hours of rain, and are characterised by rapid rises in water levels. .
Toowoomba Regional Council FRM Update 8th November 2016
FMA Members will be familiar with Toowoomba Regional Council’s Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region project, which commissioned and released flood studies for 35 locations across the region. These studies were undertaken by specialist engineers and incorporate the latest data, modelling techniques and community input..
Maree Abood Wins 2016 Premier's Award 2nd November 2016
Maree Abood was awarded the 2016 'Premier's Award for Excellence in Public Service' for Building Infrastructure (Individual) for her work on leading the delivery of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Flood Risk Management Strategy..
“Most people don’t notice it, but it protects you from floods 24/7” Bluemont Automatic Flood Barriers 1st November 2016
“Most people don’t notice it, but it protects you from floods 24/7”.
FMA President at World Water Congress 1st November 2016
FMA President Ian Dinham was very pleased to attend the World Water Congress Gala Dinner in Brisbane on 13 October at the kind invitation of our FMA member, Brisbane City Council..
FMA Raises Natural Disaster Recovery Concerns 31st October 2016
FMA President Ian Dinham has raised concerns about the “tightening” of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) in recent times. In a letter to Commonwealth Justice Minister the Hon Michael Keenan Mr Dinham said that there is concern that Local Government Councils are no longer able to afford restoration of assets following declared natural disasters, as many items which used to be eligible for funding are no longer eligible..
Risk Frontiers - UK National Flood Resilience Review 30th October 2016
FMA Member Risk Frontiers has released its latest Briefing Note, concerning the United Kingdom National Flood Resilience Review..
Welcome Queensland Reconstruction Authority 19th October 2016
It is a great pleasure to welcome the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to our FMA Membership..
Welcome New Members 3rd October 2016
We would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to our new FMA Members:.
Flood CoP Showcase at IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Queensland 30th September 2016
Flood Community of Practice will be running a showcase of four years of Dutch-Australian water management collaboration on 10 October, during the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Brisbane. .
FMA August Quarterly Meeting Roundup 2nd September 2016
50 Members and visitors attended the 18 August Quarterly Meeting and Workshop at the Bureau of Meteorology’s office in Sydney, where attendees were welcomed by Acting New South Wales Regional Director Stephen Lellyett..
FMA Submission on Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 1st September 2016
This month, FMA Land Use Planning Director Paul Grech prepared a submission on the Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Plan for the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment..
Victorian FMA Members Reducing Rural Flood Risk 31st August 2016
Following on from their FMA Highly Commended Project of the Year Award with the Warracknabeal and Brim Flood Investigation, Water Technology is now finalising the Dunmunkle Creek Flood Investigation for Wimmera CMA. The project has used a regional scale flexible mesh flood model covering over 100 km of Dunmunkle Creek, a distributary of the Wimmera River. .
AMWA Launch New Website for Water Technology 3rd August 2016
FMA Member AWMA has a new website that makes it easier for you to find relevant flood products and services to assist with your upcoming flood mitigation projects..
Congratulations Lake Macquarie City Council 2nd August 2016
FMA Member Lake Macquarie has been acknowledged as developing the ‘Best National Case Study in Coastal Adaptation’ at the 2016 Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Adelaide. .
Water Technology's Excellence Award Noted 2nd August 2016
During the 2016 FMA Conference in Nowra, FMA Members Water Technology and Wimmera CMA were granted a High Commendation for their Warracknabeal and Brim Flood Investigation in the FMA-NRMA Insurance Flood Risk Management of the Year Project category..
Vietnamese Delegation to Participate in FMA Conference 1st August 2016
International attendance numbers at the 2017 FMA National Conference will be boosted with the announcement that a delegation of 15 flood professionals from Viet Nam will be participating as part of an Australia Awards Fellowship..
2016 FMA Excellence Awards 24th May 2016
At the 56th Annual FMA Conference in Nowra this month, the 2016 Excellence Awards were held, with the winners announced at the Conference Gala Dinner..
Poster Presentation/People's Choice Award 24th May 2016
In addition to the Harold Sternbeck Award, the best Poster Presentation at the Conference was determined by a People’s Choice vote, with the winner announced at the Conference Closing Ceremony as: ‘Informed Evacuation Planning: simultaneous TUFLOW flood and traffic modelling’ by Chris Huxley (BMT WBM). Congratulations again to Chris for his informative presentation..
Winner of 2016 Harold Sternbeck Medal Announced 24th May 2016
The prestigious Harold Sternbeck Medal is awarded at the FMA Annual Conference each year to recognise excellence for the best paper presentation at the Conference. Both 10 minute and 25 minute presentations are included. This year there were a total of 65 papers..
Conference Officially Opened by NSW Minister 18th May 2016
The 56th Annual FMA Conference has been officially opened, with over 280 delegates from more than 140 organisations attending the milestone event..
FRM Short Course - An Ideal Intro for Councillors and Staff 18th May 2016
The FMA-OEH Floodplain Risk Management Short Course will be offered in three blocks in August, September and October, and is an ideal introduction to flood risk management, or opportunity to broaden your skills..
Welcome to the BoM 18th May 2016
Welcome to the Bureau of Meteorology for joining the ranks of FMA Corporate Members..
HEC-RAS 2D Training - Special Offer 17th May 2016
Learn to build, run, view and interpret 2D and coupled 1D/2D models using HEC-RAS 5.0 in an intensive, interactive course..
Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy Launched 12th May 2016
The Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville has released the new Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy. FMA provided comment on the draft Strategy in 2015..
FMA's New Communications Director 4th May 2016
Executive Officer Glenn Evans has announced the outcome of the recent call for nominations for the position of FMA Communications Director. One nomination was received, from Professional Member Susan Ribbons. Sue will commence her role at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 19 May..
$33 Billion Disasters 6th April 2016
FMA Executive Officer Glenn Evans attended the launch of two reports by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities at Parliament House in Canberra in March..
Welcome Mackay Regional Council 6th April 2016
Queensland's Mackay region can experience flooding as a result of riverine and creek flooding, as well as local catchment runoff and storm tide. Mackay Regional Council has undertaken numerous studies assessing flood hazards and is now assessing measures to minimise flood risk. .
New NFRAG Chairperson Appointed 5th April 2016
The National Flood Risk Advisory Group (NFRAG) has appointed Duncan McLuckie, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Principal Flood Specialist, as its Chairperson. .
FMA President at AFAC 4th April 2016
President Ian Dinham attended the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services event in Sydney on the 22 March and networked with a range of people in the Emergency Services space..
Welcome WRM Water and Environment 2nd April 2016
WRM Water and Environment is a Brisbane-based consulting firm which specializes in water resource management and engineering..
FMA Annual Conference Update 1st April 2016
There are only six weeks to go until our 56th Annual Conference in Nowra. Early Registration Discounts closed this week, and we hope as many of you took advantage of these great savings as possible. We have three exceptional keynote speakers, and an outstanding dinner speaker confirmed for our four-day event, including Brigadier Darren Naumann AM..
Welcome ACT Government 1st April 2016
There are a number of ACT Government agencies that deal directly with flood risk management. Due to being a planned city, the ACT does not experience riverine flooding as such, but does have a high risk of flash flooding..