Geoscience Australia’s Community Safety team supports Australia’s ability to manage the impact of floods and helps inform decisions about risk.
We contribute to each stage of the emergency management cycle to help improve preparedness, response and recovery with our focus on contributing towards community safety.
We publish that can be used for the estimation of flood characteristics in Australia. This is pivotal to the safety and sustainability of Australian infrastructure, communities and the environment, and helps to ensure that development does not occur in high risk areas and that infrastructure is appropriately designed.
We also provide about people, property and infrastructure potentially exposed during an event. Our information aids in providing an understanding of the situation to targeted preparedness, response and recovery efforts.
We engage with different sectors to provide assessments and address new challenges as they emerge.
We are exploring options to contribute to a national flood impact forecasting capability
Our Researchers are committed to growing our knowledge base to prepare for challenges of the future.
We have a strong attendance at conferences and events to maintain awareness of the challenges faced by the community safety sector and keep up to date with latest science.
Our open-source data is accessed by developers interested in solving operational challenges of reducing vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.
Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR)
The ARR Guidelines provide the best available information on Australian design flood estimation techniques to assist with design flood problems, flood processes and engineering hydrology.
Australian Flood Risk Information Portal (AFRP)
Access our database of flood study information, flood maps, and satellite imagery surface water observations
Case study Developing scalable flood vulnerability models to better understand flood risk to communities
How Geoscience Australia is using a methodology of generalisation to help floodplain managers better understand the flood risk their communities face.
This research represents an important step in the development of curves that can be applied consistently across different flood catchments by individuals or organisations that may not have a complete picture of the building stock potentially exposed to flood waters.
Director, Vulnerability, Spatial Division, Geoscience Australia