Floodplain Management Program

We partner with local government to manage flood risk and build community resilience through the Floodplain Management Program.

Under this program, we provide expert advice and support on flood modelling, risk assessment, management options, planning and environmental considerations and community engagement.

Our staff have technical expertise in a range of areas such as engineering, science and land-use planning, and extensive practical experience in flood risk management.


The Floodplain Management Program also provides financial support to councils and eligible public land managers to:

  • make informed decisions about managing flood risk by preparing management plans (and associated background studies) under the flood risk management process
  • implement management plans to reduce flood risk to the community and to existing and future development, and reduce losses through a range of property, flood and response modification measures
  • provide essential information to the NSW State Emergency Service so it can prepare and implement local flood plans effectively and deal with flood emergency response.

The NSW Government usually offers assistance by providing $2 for every $1 provided by councils for approved projects.

For more help with applying for grants or technical support, please contact your local office or the Environment Line.


The program supports the implementation of the NSW Government's Flood prone land policy as outlined in the NSW Government's Flood risk management manual.

The policy aims to make the community more flood resilient. It does this by reducing flooding and flood liability impacts on communities and private and public losses using ecologically positive methods wherever possible.

Manual and guidelines

The Flood risk management manual and flood risk management toolkit have been developed to help local council decision making and to promote good practice in flood risk management.

Flood Risk Management Manual