Flood Warning Infrastructure Standard

The National Flood Warning Infrastructure Working Group has developed a draft Standard for Flood Warning Infrastructure.

Accurate near-real-time data are essential for preparing effective and specific flood forecasts and warnings. Australian flood forecasting and warning services rely on over 100 different organisations to collect, measure, record, send, receive, store and display rainfall and river level data. In many cases the flood warning infrastructure that supports the service has been adapted from other purposes. This has led to a number of issues, including lack of interoperability between instruments and data communication technologies, poor siting and inadequate redundancy.

The Flood Warning Infrastructure Standard will improve data accuracy, interoperability, resilience and latency, and reduce life cycle costs. Fundamentally, the Standard will provide guidance on fit-for-purpose flood warning infrastructure based on non-mandatory industry-recommended performance requirements.

Invitation to comment

The consultation period is now open for the Flood Warning Infrastructure Standard. You are invited to comment on the Standard.

The scope of the Standard includes flood warning infrastructure from field instruments and communications equipment, through to the data ingestion software for receiving, storing and displaying real time flood data. The Standard applies to new and existing infrastructure required for riverine and flash flooding.

The consultation period will remain open through until 31 August 2018.

How to contribute

Submissions may address any part of the draft Standard. Submissions might include:

  • Suggested improvements
  • Any other issues or errors with the standard
  • Other feedback relating to the content, scope or application

You can provide your feedback by emailing the Bureau at

What will happen next?

The Infrastructure Working Group secretariat is managing the consultation process. Following the consultation period the Flood Warning Infrastructure Standards Technical Advisory Group (Standards TAG) will review all comments and submissions and develop a revised draft of the Standard. A Consultation Report will summarise the consultation and the input from industry. It will also detail any significantly different viewpoints identified through the consultation and how these will be resolved in the revised Standard.

The revised standard will then be made available for public comment for a period of six weeks, and consideration will be given to issues or requests for changes during this period. Finally, the TAG will recommend the Standard to the Working Group for endorsement by the ANZEMC in March 2019.

How will the Flood Warning Standard be used?

The standards are non-mandatory and describe the performance requirements for infrastructure which is fit-for-flood warning purposes. The standard provides a set of functional and performance requirements which will be valuable for describing specifications for new infrastructure and assessing existing infrastructure. Supporting tools and documents will be developed to facilitate assessment of current infrastructure against the standard.

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