FRM Short Course

FMA is excited to announce that we are now working with the University of Technology-Sydney (UTS) and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to develop a virtual Flood Risk Management Short Course.

To test the online content we need up to 10 volunteers to participate in the course at no cost in return for providing feedback.

Please note that the 2020 Course is a 'beta-version' and will only be available to UTS students and the 10 FMA reviewers.

The UTS will run the virtual course through their online learning platforms. It will be over the usual three month period, from August to October, in weekly sessions with the presentations loaded onto the student portals to watch at leisure. The presenter will then be available for discussion and tutorials once per week. The course content will be NSW-centric, focussing on An Introduction to Floodplain Risk Management, Effective Consideration of Flood Risk in Land Use Planning and Managing Flood Risk to Existing Properties

The first online session will be held on Thursday 6 August.

We are asking for expressions of interest from FMA Members, with preference to be given to those in NSW regional areas. Please advise your interest to Glenn Evans: indicating your role in Flood Risk Management, and how the course would benefit you and your organisation. 


About the Course


As evidenced by recent floods, flooding can cause significant economic damage and can result in fatalities and injuries.  Yet of all natural hazards, flood is the most manageable.

This course is conducted by University of Technology, Sydney in conjunction with Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) and the NSW Government.

Taught by industry professionals, including flood risk and emergency response management and land use planning experts from NSW Government, local government and consultancies, this course uses lectures and interactive tutorials to show how the development and implementation of plans to manage flood risk can reduce the impacts of flooding on the community and the built environment.

Documents such as the Australian Emergency Management Handbook 7 Managing the Floodplain: Best Practice in Flood Risk Management in Australia and the New South Wales Government’s Floodplain Development Manual show how to better manage flood risks to the community and built environment and are a focus of this course.

Floodplain Risk Management is aimed at engineers, emergency managers and land use planners who are engaged in, or seeking to enter, the floodplain risk management industry in Australia and wanting to learn more about developing and implementing management plans considering best practice.

It is also suitable for elected local government officials and community representatives on floodplain risk management committees seeking a background in floodplain risk management, flood mitigation, emergency management and land use planning issues.