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About the Australian Flood Studies Database

Each flood study is a comprehensive technical investigation of flood behaviour. A flood study defines the nature and extent of flooding across the landscape by providing information such as the extent, level and velocity of floodwaters and the distribution of flood flows.

The Australian Flood Studies Database provides metadata on Australian flood studies and information on flood risk. It contains general information for all studies, including the study location, date, commissioning organisation and lead consultant.

For many studies information is also included to reflect the scope of a flood study. Entries may provide information across nine additional categories including: hydrological estimates, hydraulic modelling, damage assessments, terrain survey, survey of building floor levels, maps of inundation extent, maps of flood hazard, flood mitigation strategies and post flood information. Where available, attachments of the flood studies and associated reports such as floodplain management studies and floodplain management plans are also provided.

The database schema was designed to encourage important metadata and other information to be documented in future reports. For example, historically information on data accuracy (e.g. horizontal and vertical accuracy of terrain surveys) has seldom been recorded in reports despite its importance as metadata.

The database acts as an information management tool for all levels of government and contributes to flood intelligence. The database enables consultants tendering and undertaking work for local government to discover quickly – from a single source – what work has been done previously in their area of interest, and to identify what datasets are available for future use. It enables organisations wanting to commission a flood study (particularly small councils with less experience with flooding or risk analysis) to learn from the work that has been undertaken in other regions. It also enables the general public to access flood information for their area, before approaching their local council for more specific information on their property.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the actual report and maps?

Many records in the database have the reports that incorporate maps included, and can be downloaded from the Attachments section directly. If the study you're interested in has no attachments, contact the Commissioning Organisation identified in the study record.

Has a Flood Warning alert been issued for my area?

Please check the Bureau of Meteorology - National Warnings Summary for details on flood warnings. The Australian Flood Studies Database does not hold information about current flood warnings.

What do I do in the event of a flood?

Contact your local State Emergency Services if you require assistance in the event of a flood. The Australian Flood Studies Database is not a response tool.

Can I use or reproduce the information here?

The database is maintained by Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Australian Government's Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. Unless otherwise noted, all information is available for re-use under Creative Commons 3.0 By Attribution (CC-BY) licensing.

The ownership of each flood study remains with the commissioning organisation and/or author as indicated with each study, and users of the database should refer to the reports themselves to determine any constraints in their usage.

The database uses boundary datasets that are published by other agencies:

What if the database doesn't do what I need it to do?

We’d like your input. Please let us know at hazards@ga.gov.au.

We are currently working on major changes to scope and functionality of the database for release during 2013-16. Further information can be found at National Flood Risk Information Project.

What if some information in the database is incorrect?

If the database displays incorrect information about a flood study, please let us know at hazards@ga.gov.au.

If you are concerned that information within a flood study is wrong, please contact the Commissioning Organisation.

Can I add a flood study to the database?

Please contact us at hazards@ga.gov.au and advise us where we can find any studies not listed in the database.

Why are there gaps in the ‘Local Government Area’ overlay?

Local Government Areas cover incorporated areas of Australia. Incorporated areas are legally designated parts of States and Territories over which incorporated local governing bodies have responsibility. The major areas of Australia not administered by incorporated bodies are the northern parts of South Australia and all of the Australian Capital Territory. More information on local government areas can be found at the Australian Local Government Association website.

We use the Local Government Area boundaries from the Australian Statistical Geography Standard, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Please see Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2011 for more information.

Topic contact: hazards@ga.gov.au Last updated: November 14, 2012