Arrangements for Flood Warning Services in Victoria
February 2001



A1. Victorian Flood Warning Consultative Committee (VFWCC)

The Committee's role is to identify requirements and to coordinate the development and operation of flood warning services in Victoria. It is an advisory body to the Bureau of Meteorology and participating State Government agencies.

The Committee reports to the Victoria Emergency Management Council and agencies on the VFWCC. The VFWCC also provides advice on flood warning policy to the State Flood Policy Committee. The Bureau of Meteorology provides the secretariat for the VFWCC. The VFWCC also prepares and updates these ARRANGEMENTS.

A1.1 Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the Committee are to:

  • Identify requirements for new and upgraded flood warning systems;
  • Establish the priorities of the requirements that have been identified;
  • Coordinate the development of a flood warning system plan to meet the requirements and submit the plan to the Bureau of Meteorology and participating State Government agencies for consideration and approval within budgetary and other constraints;
  • Coordinate the implementation of flood warning systems in accordance with the approved plan and to promote effective means of communication of flood warning information to the affected communities;
  • Monitor and review the performance of flood warning services.
A1.2 Membership

The VFWCC comprises representative(s) of:

  • The Bureau of Meteorology Regional Director for Victoria (chair) and representatives of the Bureau's Victorian office and Head Office;
  • Rural Water Authorities;
  • Victoria State Emergency Service;
  • Local Government;
  • Melbourne Water;
  • Catchment Management Authorities;
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environment;
  • Other State Government agencies (as required).
A1.3 Flood Warning System Priorities

The VFWCC sets the state wide planning framework and identifies priorities for upgrading existing flood warning systems and the introduction of new systems. Priorities for flood warning system upgrade or development have been identified by the VFWCC. These priorities are reviewed as required by the VFWCC and also altered through VFWCC policy decisions or initiatives at local level.

Looking up Wallace and Tallarook Streets, Seymour 1916. Photograph, Seymour Historical Society

Looking up Wallace and Tallarook Streets, Seymour 1916. Photograph, Seymour Historical Society

Station Street Seymour from the railway line, 1916. Photograph, Seymour Historical Society

Station Street Seymour from the railway line, 1916. Photograph, Seymour Historical Society



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