2023 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference

23-26 May 2023, Luna Park Venues, Sydney, NSW

Why You Should Attend

Be Inspired: Hear motivating talks from exceptional keynote speakers
Be Connected: Develop links with over 350 leaders, specialists and industry peers in floodplain risk management
Be Smarter: Learn new skills and strategies from concurrent sessions and hands-on pre-conference workshops
Be Innovative: Be exposed to emerging and state-of-the-art products on display throughout the trade exhibition
Be National: Take on a nation-wide perspective by learning from other States and Territories
Be Social: Make meaningful connections with like-minded industry professionals at networking functions

Key Dates

Abstract Notifications:
Friday 27th January 2023
Early & Author Registrations Deadline:
Friday 31st March 2023
Full Paper or Extended Abstract Submission:
Friday 21st April 2023

Who Should Attend

Commonwealth, State & Local Government Representatives
Research Organisations
Education Providers
Land-Use Planners
Emergency Responders
Community Volunteer Organisations
Equipment Providers

The Conference

The 2023 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference will be held at Luna Park Venues, Sydney, NSW from Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th May 2023, with optional pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 23rd May.

The theme of the conference is “Preparing for the unprecedented flood”, which will focus on applying lessons from recent floods and new research to better manage the increasing costs of extreme weather events.

The FMA Conference has been held annually for over 50 years and is the most respected flood risk management event held in Australia.

The Conference is for anyone interested in making our communities more flood safe. It will bring together over 350 flood professionals and community members with interests in flood risk management. Attendees will include Commonwealth, State and Local Government representatives, research organisations and education providers as well as consultants, engineers, land-use planners, emergency responders and community volunteer organisations.

The Conference will include outstanding Australian and International speakers, plenary and concurrent presentations, a Local Government Councillors’ session, field trips addressing floodplain issues in Sydney and surrounding areas, as well as great networking events. Optional Conference workshops on topical issues will be held on the Tuesday.

About Floodplain Management Australia

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) is committed to promoting wise floodplain development and helping reduce the risks of flooding to life and property.

FMA, formerly the Floodplain Management Association and before that the Flood Mitigation Authorities of NSW, was established in 1961 when four coastal flood mitigation authorities met at the Maitland Town Hall to share ideas and technical solutions to flooding, and to explore avenues for mutual assistance.

Since that time the network has expanded nationally to include over 170 Members from all avenues of flood risk management (FRM) in Australia and abroad and is the key voice for FRM in the nation. FMA is committed to promoting wise floodplain development and helping reduce the risks of flooding to life and property.

FMA is a network of trusted flood professionals – engineers, land use planners, technicians and decision makers – dedicated to working with all states and territories to raise awareness and the priority of flooding. The association has links to flood related organisations in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

FMA promotes wise land use planning principles to guide appropriate development within floodplain areas. We support programs which manage flood risks and the impact of flooding and reduce private and public flood losses.

We represent Members’ interests at State, Territory and Commonwealth Government levels, promote public awareness of flood issues, support flood education programs and improve the knowledge and skills of floodplain management practitioners.

In 2009, in partnership with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (formerly known as the Office of Environment and Heritage) and the University of Technology Sydney we initiated Australia’s only industry-based flood risk management course tailored to the needs of technical and land use planning staff and elected Council representatives.
In 2020, FMA Young Floodplain Managers networks were established in NSW, Queensland and Victoria to represent, engage and inspire young floodplain management professionals.

FMA has Members in NSW, Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia and the USA.


FMA Conference Testimonials

Excellent networking opportunities, great technologies on display at trade booths and quality of presentation content was high

Value for money, networking, national and international perspectives

Engaging sessions and well planned event

Excellent opportunity to network with colleagues across floodplain management at the local, state and national levels

It was a great way to meet other people in the industry

It is a great professional development experience

Good variety of informative topics covered, and provides the ability to learn from different context and perspectives

Presentations were of high quality and provoked some very thoughtful discussions

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