Flood Management Strategy

The Flood Management Strategy sets the direction for flood management in the Port Phillip and Westernport region. It outlines how agencies will work together to plan, avoid and reduce flood risks while supporting emergency preparation and response.

Refreshing the Flood Management Strategy

Illustration of people next to a flooded river

Melbourne Water is leading the refresh of the Flood Management Strategy. As the region's floodplain manager, our role is to coordinate the development and delivery of the strategy as required by the Victorian Government’s Floodplain Management Strategy

The refresh will be completed in late 2020 to align with our 2021–26 pricing period, and come into effect in mid-2021 after the current strategy expires. We will be seeking endorsement on the final strategy from our Board of Directors, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the 38 councils in our region and relevant flood management agencies.

Project partners

The refresh will continue to be a regional, multi-agency strategy, recognising the number of partners involved in delivering Melbourne’s flood and drainage services. We are working collaboratively with:

  • local and state government agencies
  • emergency services
  • insurance and private sector with flood management responsibilities
  • organisations who represent their community.

A series of consultation workshops with these partners have been held in 2019 to collaborate and develop the refreshed strategy.

For further details on the strategy refresh:

Current Flood Management Strategy

The current strategy will continue to be implemented with our partners and overseen by a multi-agency senior leadership committee.


For more information, email [email protected]

Last updated:
3 November 2019