National flood forecasting and warning service

The Bureau's flood forecasting and warning service uses rainfall and streamflow observations, numerical weather predictions and hydrologic models to forecast and warn for possible flood events across Australia.

This information provides the basis for flood response by emergency services and other flood managers and is vital for water resource managers responding to large inflows of water into their dams and rivers.

The Bureau's national flood warning service is being enhanced to improve its accuracy and effectiveness. This will provide greater lead times for warnings and support more effective defence against flood damage.

Go to National Flood Warning - Rainfall and River Information.

What to do before, during and after a flood

For those living in areas subject to flooding, the effects of being unprepared can range from slight discomfort to devastation.

Sadly, some people in our community perish in floods. Because floods are a part of Australian culture, it can be easy to become complacent. However, much has been done by experienced emergency preparedness workers to mitigate the effects of floods.

This 28-page guide (815KB) has been prepared by experienced emergency workers to help people understand what to do before, during and after a flood.

It is the responsibility of all of us to see that where there is a risk of flood affecting life and property, we are well prepared before an event occurs. So take up the challenge that this booklet promotes – ask, learn, plan and prepare.

Your local State Emergency Service can provide additional information specific to your region and your needs.