Arrangements for Flood Warning Services in Victoria
A2. Victoria Flood Management
The purpose of the Victoria Flood Management Strategy is to
improve the effectiveness of flood management and to reduce
future losses caused by floods in Victoria.
This Strategy sets out state wide policy guidelines, and
identifies roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders. It
also sets out key programs, one of which is flood warning and
flood emergency planning. The priorities within this program
are set by the VFWCC through its Flood Warning System
Development Plan and committee policy decisions.
The Strategy considers flood management in the broad context
of emergency management as described in the Emergency
Management Manual Victoria. Emergency management involves
three primary clusters of activities prevention,
response and recovery and supports a risk management
approach. The Strategy recognises the importance of land use
planning measures to reduce the future growth of flood
damages, and contingency planning to address the risk of
flooding from events which overwhelm existing flood
Involvement in Flood Warning Policy
The flood warning roles of the Commonwealth, State and Local
Governments, Regional Authorities and community as presented
in the Strategy and these ARRANGEMENTS, are aligned. The
ARRANGEMENTS provide extra information and necessary detail
for providing flood warning services.
The Victoria Flood Management Strategy recognises that for
flood warning services:
The key Commonwealth Government
roles are to:
The key State Government roles
Take a lead role in the provision of flood warning
services through the Bureau of Meteorology (and relevant
committees such as the Victorian Flood Warning
Support the development of State emergency management
capabilities through the activities of Emergency
The key Catchment Management
Authorities roles are to:
Encourage and facilitate the implementation of flood
warning systems and emergency management programs to
reduce residual risk of flooding to life, health and
safety and damages caused by flooding.
Ensure that relevant flood information is available to
promote community awareness and facilitate decision
The key Municipal Councils roles
Support and facilitate the implementation of regional
flood warning systems.
Maintain and enhance flood information and coordinate
monitoring of significant flood events.
The role of the community as a
key group involved in flood management outcomes
Implement and maintain local flood warning systems,
including systems for flash flooding.
Maintain and enhance local flood information and monitor
significant local flood events.
Support, develop and resource the implementation of a
flood sub plan(s), as part of their municipal emergency
Knowing the assessed level of flood risk, the predicted
extent of flooding and its consequences.
Participating in risk assessment and prioritisation
Exploring possible risk treatment options which are
environmentally sound and reduce both the likelihood and
consequences of possible flood events, and being aware of
the limits to those options.
Participating in reducing personal and community
vulnerability, and increasing resilience to deal with
those flood events which overcome any flood management
measures which may be in place.
Managing its own recovery from flood events.
Victoria Flood Management Strategy policy is that flood
warning system development at the State, regional and local
level will be in accordance with these ARRANGEMENTS, the
regional floodplain management strategy of the relevant
Catchment Management Authority, and specific local needs.