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Managing Flood Risk to Existing Properties

$ 550.00


10 October




3 days


4.5 hrs

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Jaya Kandasamy

Jaya Kandasamy
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Jaya Kandasamy is a specialist in computational flood modelling and well known for the HEC-RAS courses presented around Australia and overseas over the last 25 years. He has considerable experience in a wide range of hydraulic models, is highly cited and published in leading international journals.

Prior to joining UTS he was employed in the NSW Government, his principal activity involved providing high level technical modelling capability in support of department programs. Industry and research experience in water resources, hydraulics, water quality and pollution transport processes. He led flood training programs for DFAT, Australia, and for the World Bank for government personnel from Vietnam and Laos.

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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 how to manage flood risk to existing development – a process of informed decision making in the strategic management of flood risk through an appropriate consideration of:

  • FRM issues for existing development,
  • Role of FRM studies and plans in managing risk to existing development,
  • Practical FRM options and associated decision making and implementation issues,
  • Determining the appropriate option for particular situations,
  • Considering the environmental impacts of works and other management options
  • Typical approvals necessary for mitigation work projects,
  • Emergency response planning for, and response to, floods; and
  • Implementation of management plans.

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

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to:

  • Give you a good understanding of how FRM is undertaken in NSW and other flood prone states in Australia and the roles of relevant agencies;
  • Provide you a good understanding of the principle 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; and
  • Enhance your ability to specify and manage FRM projects.

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A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

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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:

  • Outline of management studies and management 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 
  • Case studies to provide practical experience in considering these issues.

This course is 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 is provided, leading to detailed Q&A.

Particiants will then 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 concludes 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 existing development
  • Interaction of FRM and emergency management and information for planning for emergency response
  • Develop FRM recommendations and plans to reduce existing and continuing flood risk 
  • Effectively implement flood risk reduction recommendations.



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?

Managing Flood Risk to Existing Properties 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.

Book a session

Thu 10 Oct 2024-
Thu 24 Oct 2024
Expert: Jaya Kandasamy
  • Online via Zoom. Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • Online
  • 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total

Enrolments close Friday, 4 October 2024, 11.59pm (AEST) or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first.

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.