2020 Digital Floodplain Management Australia National Conference

20 – 21 May 2020

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

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. This year the Conference has been challenged by the unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. FMA believes that even in the most challenging times supporting its Members’ professional learnings is vital, and we’ve found a way to adapt our event to suit most circumstances.

The FMA National Conference will be convened online on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May, and will still keep the theme “A Flood Resilient Australia: transforming vision into action.”

Much of the event content will remain as outlined in the preliminary program that was circulated in the lead-up to our scheduled in-person Conference in Toowoomba. This is only possible due to the cooperation and support of our scheduled presenters, who will either be pre-recording their presentations, or setting aside time to speak to you through a live webinar with interactive Q&A time.

This event is for anyone interested in making our communities more flood safe, and will bring together a range of professionals, from regional communities to urban hubs, with interests in floodplain risk management. The blessing of this format is that it opens the door for many to attend that may not have been able to in the past due to limits on travel, budget or time.

The content will be beneficial for 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.

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 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.

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, Tasmania and South Australia.

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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