The Victoria Caravan Parks Flood Risk Survey (PDF 2.8 MB) was completed in 2007 with input from a steering committee comprising representatives of the Victoria Catchment Management Authorities, Melbourne Water, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Victoria State Emergency Service, the Greater Shepparton City Council and the Victorian Caravan Parks Association.
VICSES has developed an all hazards Caravan Park Emergency Plan Guidance Manual to assist caravan park owners (and operators) to complete a standard Template that forms as the emergency plan for the park. The aim of a well maintained Emergency Management Plan is to achieve a good level of preparedness before major hazards, including floods and to ensure the safety and well-being of park users, and to minimise impacts to the park itself.
It is expected that the assistance of VICSES, the relevant council, floodplain management authority (CMA or Melbourne Water) will be required. Completing the Template in itself is an important learning exercise. For this reason, park owners are discouraged from simply engaging professionals to complete the plan on their behalf, unless the park owner remains engaged throughout the process. The caravan park staff should be well versed with the contents of their flood emergency management plan and it should be stored in the park office and made available for inspection by any interested park occupants.
The Guidelines and Template documents can be downloaded from the VICSES website. Links are provided below.
This resource was funded by the Natural Disaster Mitigation Programme 2006/07, with one-third from the Commonwealth through Emergency Management Australia, one-third from DSE and one-third from the combined Victorian CMAs and Melbourne Water.
The Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 provide for standards in Victoria's caravan parks, which are described in Regulations for Caravan Park Owners on this website.