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2021 PLANET online | Planning for Flood Risk Management

November 4 @ 7:00 am - 6:00 pm


2021 PLANET online | Planning for Flood Risk Management

This one day training programme is focused on best practice planning for flood risk management focusing on land use planning responses to managing flood risk. Best practice requires a true risk based approach, recognising that different land uses, people, density and built forms have different vulnerability or susceptibility to flood risk. The course offers a practical training programme to assist planners to understand the science behind flood modelling and factors that contribute to flood risk, and provides practical advice for informing strategic planning, land use and development policy and including flood information in planning instruments. We will draw on a range of Australian case studies to inform discussion.

The course covers the following topics:

• What is ‘risk’ and what are the factors that contribute to flood risk;
• Fundamentals of flood modelling, recent advances, types of information provided by flood models and how these ‘tools’ inform flood risk
• Risk response ‘toolkit’ to flood risk management including the role of land use planning in holistic floodplain management;
• Best practice standards for responding to flood risk and key drivers for changing current approaches to how we plan for and determine land use planning responses to flood risk;
• Risk based land use planning – what does it look like, how is it different to current approaches and what are the benefits for strategic planning;
• Moving beyond mapping one single event: why understanding flood behaviour across multiple events is important for land use planning;
• Development of risk-based flood mapping, including consideration of risk factors such as community isolation, flash flooding etc’;
• Clear guidance on matching land use with flood risk profile to be ‘risk appropriate’; and
• Practical tips on implementing a risk-based approach.

Designed for:

This one day training programme is designed for all planners (strategic, statutory and environmental) involved in strategic planning, developing and/or implementing land use and development policy in planning instruments – working either for applicants or for local or state government agencies. The programme is relevant for planners at all stages of their career who wish to become more familiar with best-practice tools to manage flood risk through land use planning.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the ‘language of risk’ and engage more meaningfully with flood engineers to get more out of flood models to inform strategic planning;
  • Identify the key flood risk factors that provide a more complete understanding of flood risk and how land use planning policy can be informed by the ‘science’ of flood behaviour and flood risk;
  • Understand the key drivers for a shift to risk-based planning and what risk based planning looks like in planning instruments when considering variable flood risks across a floodplain; and
  • Design a locally relevant risk-based approach to land use planning in response to flood risk.


Shannon Haines MPIA

Shannon is a Director with Ethos Urban with more than 26 years experience working in local government, State government and as a consultant. Shannon is passionate about the impact planning can have in improving community resilience to natural hazards and climate change risks. She was awarded the 2015 PIA Queensland Planner of the Year and received a commendation for the 2016 Australian Planner of the year for her contribution to risk based planning and coastal hazard adaptation. Shannon has presented to international audiences in Europe, United Kingdom, Asia and the Pacific and in Queensland, NSW and Victoria on risk based planning for natural hazards. Shannon was part of the team who assisted the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and stakeholder Councils develop the Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan and is currently assisting the NSW Government develop a regional land use planning framework to strengthen flood resilience in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.

Carrie Dearnley

Carrie is a Senior Flood Engineer at BMT with more than 13 years experience providing floodplain management advice to local and state government. She has been involved in the strategic planning response to flooding for multiple councils in Queensland including Moreton Bay Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council and Brisbane City Council. Carrie has recently delivered floodplain risk management studies for the Brisbane River and Swan River (Perth) and is part of the project team assisting the NSW Government develop a risk based approach to inform a regional land use planning framework for the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain.

Carrie is an experienced communicator and has an excellent understanding of ‘all things’ flooding across multiple jurisdictions, with deep experience in Queensland risk based planning issues and responses. She was recently recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the most innovative engineers in the country.


Thursday 4 November 2021


AEST: 09:00AM-05:00PM
AWST: 07:00AM-03:00PM
ACST: 08:30AM-04:30PM
ACDT: 09:30AM-05:30PM
ADST: 10:00AM-06:00PM


Planning Institute of Australia
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