Floodplain Risk Management Guide

Incorporating 2016 Australian Rainfall and Runoff in studies

This guideline provides advice on how to incorporate the update of Australian Rainfall and Runoff 2016 in studies to understand and manage flood behaviour in New South Wales.

21 January 2019
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Policies and guidelines, Guideline
  • ISBN 978-1-92575-485-8
  • ID OEH20190036
  • File PDF 8.9MB
  • Pages 79
  • Name floodplain-risk-management-guide-190036.pdf


Australian Rainfall and Runoff is the industry guide to flood estimation. It provides important advice in developing an understanding of flood behaviour.

In July 2016, a significant update of techniques and base information in Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) was released, to replace earlier versions.

The former NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) developed this guide to help councils transition to ARR2016 when managing flood risk through the development and implementation of floodplain risk management plans using the process outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual.

This guide provides some advice on ARR2016 and on techniques, approaches and data that take precedence over ARR2016 in New South Wales. The use of local techniques, approaches and data is consistent with Book 1 Chapter 1 of ARR2016, which states: '...where circumstances warrant, designers have a duty to use other procedures and design information more appropriate for their design flood problem.'

This guide does not remove the need for flood practitioners to fulfil their professional responsibilities to consider ARR2016 in depth. This includes ensuring that studies use techniques, approaches and data that are relevant to the context of the study, are fit for purpose for the location, and that results are reasonable in consideration of flood history.

This guide is supported by ARR 2016 Case Study – Urban and ARR 2016 Case Study – Rural. It is informed by the Review of ARR Design Inputs for NSW, the Revised 2016 Design Rainfall Investigations into the need for and Derivation of Local Techniques and the Review of Australian Rainfall and Runoff Design Inputs for NSW, which provide advice to support the guide.

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