2022 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference

17-20 May 2022, Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Queensland

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

Closing Date for Abstracts: Friday 26th November 2021
Registration Available: Available Now
Abstract Notifications: Friday 4th February 2022
Peer Review Submission Deadline: Friday 11th March 2022
Early & Author Registrations Deadline: Friday 1st April 2022
Full Paper Submission (not being peer reviewed): Friday 29th April 2022

Who Should Attend

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

COVID-19 Update – Impact on the FMA National Conference

We have been advised by both the Empire Theatre Precinct & Picnic Point that attendees are required to be fully vaccinated to attend these venues. To gain entry, you will need to show your COVID-19 Digital Certificate on your smart device or provide personal photo identification and printed immunisation certificate. This requirement will be enforced by the venues, with individuals who are not able to provide proof of double COVID-19 vaccination, or evidence of medical contraindication, denied entry. In the absence of any change before May 2022 the vaccination policy will apply to all participants at the Conference including pre-conference workshops, social functions and field trips. Please note face masks are currently mandatory in theatres and all indoor settings.


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The Conference

It will have been three years since the FMA community last gathered face to face for a conference and we are very excited to be going to Toowoomba. The Conference will be held at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD from 17 – 20 May 2022.

The theme of the conference is “Integrated Floodplain Management: creating safer, stronger communities”, referencing Toowoomba Regional Council’s extensive program of flood studies and plans aimed at delivering a “Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region”.

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 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.

For the first time, the 2022 Conference will be hybrid and include an online component for those attendees that are unable to travel. The Conference will include outstanding Australian and International speakers, plenary and concurrent presentations, a Local Government Councillors’ session, field trips addressing floodplain issues in Toowoomba 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

Unparalleled flood learning and networking opportunity in Australia

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

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

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

A wide variety of topics covered. That is, there’s something for everyone

An appreciation for what is happening at a national level. 

The strength of the conference is the quality of presenter it attracts

The vibe was good – easy-going people, eager to learn and ask questions.

Diverse program to get people to think outside their own role

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