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Managing Flood Risk to Existing Properties

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 students 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.


Full price: $550 (GST-free)*

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

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information 

Course outline

The syllabus includes:

  • 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; and
  • case studies to provide practical experience in considering these issues.

This course is delivered online. Students watch online lectures and video before attending three 1.5 hours session. During these sessions brief recaps of online material is provided leading to detailed Q&A. Students 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. Small groups are facilitated by industry experts. The session concludes with reinforcement of key messages and learning.

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants will 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 and
  • Effectively implement flood risk reduction recommendations.



To complete this online course, you will need:

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.



06 October




4.5 hrs


3 wks avg 7 hrs/wk

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Meet the Expert

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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Duncan Mcluckie

Duncan Mcluckie
Principal Flood Specialist at NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Duncan McLuckie is the Principal Flood Specialist for the NSW Government and manages floodplain funding programs in NSW, is the lead author of NSW Guidance on Flood Risk Management and on Climate Change in FRM. At a national level he is the NSW representative to the National Flood Risk Advisory Group, its Chairman, and led the update of Australia’s National Best Practice in FRM.

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Danny Rose

Danny Rose
Manager Roads & Stormwater, Tweed Shire Council

Danny is the Manager Roads and Stormwater at Tweed Shire Council, with over fifteen years’ experience in the fields of floodplain management, asset management, and infrastructure planning.  Danny has overseen Tweed Shire’s floodplain risk management processes, manages the flood mitigation asset program, and is responsible for implementing development control measures for flood prone development in this high growth area. Danny has been a frequent presenter at Floodplain Management Association Conferences, workshops and meetings and chairs the conference Program Advisory Committee. Danny was appointed to the position of Technical Director in 2013.

Danny obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Class 1 Honours from the University of New South Wales in 2000.


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Paul Grech

Paul Grech
Director of Land Use Planning - Floodplain Management Australia

Paul has broad experience in planning but has specialised in floodplain risk management.  This has been involved projects for both local state government and private industry including the preparation of more than 25 Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans. Paul was engaged by the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry to provided evidence on their behalf and later by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as the independent planning expert to review planning issues and to assist in the preparation of the Brisbane River Catchments FRM Study and Plan. Paul is also the Land Use Planning Director for Floodplain Management Australia.

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Book a session

Thu 06 Oct 2022 -
Thu 20 Oct 2022
Expert: Jaya Kandasamy, Duncan Mcluckie, Danny Rose, Paul Grech
  • Online via Zoom
  • Online
  • 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
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