Role statement - Catchment Management Authorities

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



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


CMAs are a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following flood mitigation activities:
● vegetation/waterway management

Mitigation table


Response (including Relief)


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 DELWP, facilitate 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




CMAs are a lead agency responsible for the recovery activity of:


● providing advice and information services to municipal councils and delegated public land managers and community groups (with DELWP and EPA)



● developing and prioritising flood recovery programs for CMA assets/waterways



CMAs support DELWP to deliver on its recovery activity of:


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



● implementing balanced flood recovery programs consistent with funding allocated

18.4, 19.5


● restoring, clearing and rehabilitation of public land and assets managed directly by DELWP through clearing and restoring of assets and rehabilitation of disturbances on land and waterways managed by CMAs

18.3, 18.5, 19.3


Implement flood damage restoration programs for flood affected waterways



Assurance and Learning


Monitor and report on performance of regional floodplain management strategies