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.