Flood and Floodplain Management

Flood management

'Flood management’ is used in the broad context of ‘emergency management’ as described in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria (maintained by the Office of Emergency Services Commissioner on behalf of the Victoria Emergency Management Council). Emergency management involves three primary clusters of activities - Prevention, Response and Recovery - regardless of the nature of the emergency.


The elimination or reduction of the incidence or severity of emergencies and the mitigation of their effects


The combating of emergencies and the provision of rescue and immediate relief services


The assisting of people and communities affected by emergencies to achieve a proper and effective level of functioning

These three primary activities are presented diagrammatically below as it relates to floods. The diagram demonstrates the subset of emergency management which can be called flood management. It should be noted that prevention, response and recovery activities overlap. These are not necessarily phases or stages of emergency management, as the relevant activities are carried out as needed and not always sequentially.

Flood Management in the Emergency Management Context

Floodplain Management

‘Floodplain management’ is used as comprising the Prevention activities of flood management together with related environmental activities as presented diagrammatically below. The significance of this distinction is that various lead agencies, such as CMAs, will have key roles in floodplain management activities whilst other agencies, such as the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) and the Department of Human Services (DHS), will have key roles in response and recovery activities.

Floodplain Management in the Flood Management Context



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