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.

Hosting a high quality, informative and professional event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors. If you are interested in Sponsorship or Exhibiting in our Trade Area, please visit the Conference website at

The Conference week begins with optional Pre-Conference Workshops, and this year the Workshops on offer are two full-day options:

Workshop 1: Human Behaviour in Flood
Human behaviour during flood events is one of the most challenging aspects of floodplain management to predict and to control. This means that an understanding of human behaviour and its motivators is critical for emergency planning. This workshop will discuss current research from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and Macquarie University into behavioural aspects of flooding, such as evacuation responses, shelter in place experiences, and driving and recreating in flood waters, which remains the largest contributor to flood deaths in Australia. It will explore recent coronial inquests and their recommendations, and how they may impact on Councils and asset owners. We will investigate what influences people’s behaviour, including discussion on the roles of traditional and social media.

Workshop 2: Making Informed Decisions on Flood Risk Management Works
Decision makers in government make investment decisions on flood risk management works giving consideration to the findings of option assessments undertaken, in studies and investigations.  Consistent with national guidelines (Handbook 7) options are generally examined through a multi-criteria assessment that considers a range of factors, including social, legal and environmental aspects as well as an assessment of the benefit and cost of mitigation measures.  This workshop will involve speakers from government and industry to present and interactively discuss this continuously evolving field.   It will discuss what informs decisions, the tools that are available and being developed, and some of the more challenging aspects including potential information sources.

Registration for the Pre-Conference Workshops, and the Conference itself can be done securely online at the Conference website

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