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Introduction to Floodplain Risk Management (FRM)



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Floods are incredibly destructive, along with human injuries and fatalities, the economic and physical damage to affected areas can be devastating. Yet, of all the natural hazards, floods are the most manageable through intervention. This course equips you with tools to understand how the development and implementation of intervention plans to manage flooding risks can minimise damage to the community and built environment.

About this course

This course teaches participants the main elements of floodplain risk management (FRM) – a process of informed decision making in the strategic management of flood risk through an appropriate framework, including understanding flood behaviour in the catchment in its current condition, and by considering the long term development of the catchment; understanding of the variation in hazards across the floodplain and its different sources and the associated consequences for existing and future development; the assessment of options to manage flood risk to existing development through various mitigation measures consistent with the government flood policy; the assessment of options to develop the floodplain that adequately considers flood hazards and behaviours, ensuring development extents and conditions are consistent with the maintenance of flood behaviours and the residual flood hazard and the objectives of the government flood policy.

This short 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 good understanding of how FRM is undertaken in NSW and other flood prone states in Australia and the roles of relevant agencies
  • Provide you with a solid understanding of the principles of FRM and the desired outcomes of FRM projects
  • Improve your skills to work on FRM projects and be more effectively involved in the FRM process
  • Enhance your 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:

  • The FRM Partnership – identifying key roles and responsibilities.
  • Working within the FRM Process – understanding technical terms, discussing the management of the process from establishing committees, grant applications and management, brief development and project management, through to working with committees to develop and implement FRM plans
  • Data Collection and understanding the data that is necessary and the sources and costs
  • Modelling basics and model review, an overview of model purpose, operation, selection and limitation, an outline of the key issues to consider in the specification and review of modelling
  • Understanding the need for and the basics of defining flood and hydraulic categories
  • Overview of the desired outcomes from the FRM Process and how these can be assessed
  • Roles during and after a major flood.

This course will be delivered online. Participants will watch online lectures and video before attending 3 x 1.5 hour sessions. During these sessions brief recaps of online material will be 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. The small groups will be facilitated by industry experts. The session concludes with a reinforcement of key messages and learning.

Course learning objectives

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

  • Variation of flood behaviour across Australia
  • Impacts of flooding on individuals and the community
  • Best practice in flood risk management in Australia
  • Roles and responsibilities for Floodplain Riak Management (FRM)
  • Desired outcomes of FRM projects
  • Developing and implementing FRM
  • Specifying & managing flood studies, FRM studies & plans
  • Involvement and engagement in the FRM process; and
  • Application of hydraulic and hydrological modelling in FRM.


To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom 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?

Introduction to Floodplain Risk Management 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.

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

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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.