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Effective Consideration of Flood Risk in Land Use Planning



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Evidenced by recent floods, flooding cause significant economic damage and even fatalities and injuries. Yet of all natural hazards, flood is the most manageable. This course show how effective land use management reduces the impacts of flooding on the community and the built environment.

About this course

This course teaches participants effective land use management in floodplain risk management (FRM) – a process of informed decision making in the strategic management of flood risk through an appropriate consideration of:

  • FRM issues for future development & Information on the current legislation and policy framework
  • The role of FRM studies and plans in managing risk to future development
  • Practical FRM options for future development and associated duty of care issues
  • Interaction of FRM and emergency management with strategic and development scale land use planning; and
  • Effectively implementing recommendations through land use planning.

This course is supported by Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) and the NSW Government. 

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to equip you with:

  • A good understanding of how FRM is undertaken in NSW and other flood prone states in Australia and the roles of relevant agencies
  • Foundations of the principle of FRM and the desired outcomes of FRM projects
  • Skills to work on FRM projects and be more effectively involved in the FRM process
  • Enhanced ability to specify and manage FRM projects.


Full price: $550 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information 

Course outline

The following content will be covered during the course:

  • Why flooding in land use planning should be considered
  • Role of management studies and plans
  • Detailed understanding of all the options available and the relevant issues
  • Detailed understanding of continuing risk issues and the options for its management
  • An outline of the information required to assist SES in planning for emergency response
  • An understanding of how LEPs, DCPs and policies can be used to manage flood risk
  • Several case studies to provide practical experience in considering these issues.

This course will be delivered online. Participants will watch online lectures and video before attending 3 x 1.5 hour sessions. During these sessions, a brief recaps of online material is provided leading to detailed Q&A.

Participants will break into small groups to workshop a realistic scenario providing an opportunity to apply what has been taught and are designed to show how detail is applied into practice. These small groups will be facilitated by industry experts. The session will conclude with a reinforcement of key messages and learning.

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • FRM issues related to future development
  • Interaction of FRM and emergency management at strategic and development scale land use planning
  • Effective use of land use planning to reduce future flood risk 
  • Effectively implementing flood risk reduction recommendations through land use planning.



To complete this online course, you will need an operating system with a web browser compatible with CanvasZoom and Microsoft Teams.

Contact us

  • For any questions on enrolment or payment, please email 
  • For any questions about course content, delivery or progression, please contact the Course Coordinator, Jaya Kandasamy at

Who is this course for?

Effective Consideration of Flood Risk in Land Use Planning is aimed at wide body of professional seeking a detailed knowledge and background in FRM and associated land use planning issues in NSW. It will benefit 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.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.