The Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy clarifies the accountabilities for coastal flood risk management with respect to:

  • sharing coastal flood risk information
  • assessing specific coastal hazards
  • mapping coastal inundation at different scales
  • land use planning and coastal flooding
  • emergency management for coastal flooding.

Victoria's coastal flooding risks will be identified progressively through coastal hazard assessments.

We will:

  • develop the criteria and process for identifying priorities for undertaking coastal hazard assessments
  • develop and maintain standards for modelling and mapping coastal flooding
  • undertake coastal hazard assessments for the priority areas identified through regional coastal plans
  • support local councils in preparing coastal flood studies for the priority areas identified through coastal hazard assessments and regional floodplain management strategies
  • support local councils to strengthen their community's capacity to adapt to the effects of coastal flooding.

Catchment management authorities and Melbourne Water, in collaboration with local councils and VICSES will support the flood risk components of coastal hazard assessments, and collect data following coastal flooding and storm surges.

Local councils with areas at risk of coastal flooding will ensure their planning schemes correctly identify the areas at risk of coastal flooding, and contain the appropriate objectives and strategies to guide decisions in exercising land use controls relating to flooding.

Page last updated: 30/01/23