Flood advice information

We are responsible for floodplain management in the West Gippsland region.

Our role is to give advice that encourages appropriate development and reduces the impacts of flooding on life, property and infrastructure.

A floodplain is the area of land that is inundated when a waterway can no longer contain the catchment’s run-off within its beds and banks.

Floodplains play an important role in the temporary storage of floodwaters and often have significant environmental values. The main aims of floodplain management are to protect:

  • life, property and community assets from flooding
  • the natural functions of floodplains and waterways
  • floodplain areas of environmental significance.

Guidelines for development

Originally released in 2013, the now updated Flood Guidelines are intended to be a reference tool for property owners, developers, designers or builders looking to develop in flood prone areas.

Before you submit an application for a planning permit…

The Flood Guidelines have been developed with input from the public and other stakeholders. We encourage you to read these guidelines and contact a member of our Statutory Planning Team on 1300 094 262, before you submit an application for a planning permit.

Managing vegetation in and around Waterways

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) have produced some handy guidance about managing vegetation in and around waterways.

Looking for flood advice?

If you are looking to build or buy and need some advice on flood risk, you can apply for a flood advice by clicking on the button below.

Flood advice request form

Prepare for floods

Advice on how to prepare for a flood can be found on the Victorian State Emergency Service website.

Flood warnings

The best place to get information about flood warnings is on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website.

Rainfall information

You can view rainfall information for East Gippsland and West Gippsland on the BoM website.

River height levels

You can view river height levels for East Gippsland and West Gippsland on the BoM website.