2019 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference

A National Call to Action: Making Australia Flood Safe
14-17 May 2019, Hotel Realm, Canberra ACT

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

Registration Available:
Available Now
Abstract Notifications:
17th December 2018
Early & Author Registrations Deadline:
22nd March 2019

Who Should Attend

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

The Conference

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

The theme of the conference is “A National Call to Action: Making Australia Flood Safe“, which will focus on bringing together various partners and sharing of great research and ideas to set a clear and compelling vision, mission and priorities for the flood community of Australia.

The conference is for anyone interested in making our communities more flood safe. It will bring together over 350 flood practitioners and community members with interests in floodplain 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 the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding areas, as well as networking events. Optional conference workshops on topical issues 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, was established in 1961 as a network of New South Wales flood mitigation authorities, and has grown into an association of over 140 local government councils, catchment authorities, government agencies, businesses, and professionals involved in all aspects of urban and rural floodplain risk management.

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 and the Netherlands.

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 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 NSW 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.

FMA is dedicated to working with all states and territories to raise flood awareness and the priority of flooding. FMA has Members in NSW, Queensland, ACT, Victoria and South Australia, and in 2013 established the National Flood Risk Managers Working Group to develop a framework for national cooperation and advocacy for flood risk management.

FMA Conference Testimonials

Fantastic opportunity to be aware of the latest technologies in floodplain mitigation and modeling

Thought provoking papers and idea

Learned heaps; great conversations

Interesting presentations, which showed the full breadth of what is going on in the industry

Outstanding mix of papers and attendance from a range of organisations and professions

It provides informative presentations and excellent networking opportunities

The networking was great, the discussions around presentations were often as informative as the presentations

Outstanding Conference

Unparalleled flood learning and networking opportunity in Australia

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