Role statement - Catchment Management Authorities

Catchment Management Authorities

Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) are responsible for the integrated planning and coordination of land, water and biodiversity management in all catchment and land protection regions. CMAs have a key role to advise on flood mitigation, provide support to flood response, and lead flood recovery programs where they have the resources to conduct works.


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Advise and assist local government in the incorporation of flood related planning controls in planning schemes


Prepare flood response action plans for internal use focused on the collection of flood related data, flood level, flood photography, and hydrographics


In partnership with local government, prepare and implement local floodplain management plans in accordance with the regional floodplain management strategy and community expectations


Assist with specific strategic and regional (non-urban) works and measures in accordance with responsibilities under the regional floodplain management strategy or catchment management strategy in consultation with expert advice

1.4, 1.5

Prioritise regional flooding issues in cooperation with local government, VICSES and the community  

1.5, 6.4

Participating agency for the following flood mitigation activities:

  • Legislative policy framework including floodplain management strategy, reform (lessons learnt)
  • Land use planning (Strategic and statutory)
  • vegetation/waterway management
  • Flood emergency planning including readiness

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Advise government on regional priorities for floodplain management activities through the implementation of regional floodplain management strategies


In partnership with support and control agencies, collect, maintain and enhance flood information


Monitor significant flood events and collect flood data in conjunction with local government


Provide flood advice to local government and the community in general


Advise local government and other authorities on planning permit referrals, building issues and infrastructure management within floodplains


Assist local government, the BoM and DEECA support the development, maintenance and upgrading of regional flood warning systems


Support response agencies at the regional level through the provision of flood advice, including flood extent and severity during major flood events


Support response agencies through the provision of advice on emergency stabilisation and other activities to arrest river breakaways, and the removal of debris accumulation threatening structural stability of public assets in consultation with expert advice  

3.2, 11.3, 18.4

Support community education and involvement on flooding issues


Assess all river waterway damage that poses a threat to the stability of river systems  

11.1, 18.1, 18.2


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) responsible to provide advice and information services to Councils and delegate public land managers and community groups (with DEECA and supported by DTP and EPA)


Table 18: Recovery coordination: Natural environment

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) to:

  • relevant land managers to undertake erosion control on public land to help manage risk to public safety, natural and cultural assets and values, and infrastructure
  • DEECA to in its role to survey and protect threatened bird, marsupial, aquatic and plant species and develop and implement protection activities to support ecosystem recovery and regeneration

Table 18: Recovery coordination: Natural environment 


  • support DEECA, EPA and PV in fish death clean-ups where the fish death event is due to natural causes, and where the CMA has the resources. The CMA will lead a local fish death clean-up and larger scale clean-ups depending on resource availability


  • restore, clear and rehabilitate waterways managed by CMAs, and support DEECA and PVin their lead role of rehabilitating, restoring and reinstating public land and tourism and visitor assets. DEECA or PV are directly responsible for managing to mitigate risks, as well as public land and assets CMAs are responsible for.

18.3, 18.5, 19.3

Lead agency responsible to develop and prioritise bushfire and flood recovery programs for CMA assets/waterways


    Support DEECA to deliver its recovery activities to:

    • restore impacts of river erosion where there is an immediate danger of the formation of river breakaways and/or immediate danger to CMA assets


    • implement balanced bushfire and flood recovery programs consistent with funding allocated

    18.4, 19.5


    Implement bushfire and flood damage restoration programs for bushfire and flood affected waterways


    Assurance and Learning

    Activity Critical task alignment / activity source
    Monitor and report on performance of regional floodplain management strategies 21.4