Queensland Flood Warning Gauge Network Review

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is the lead agency responsible for coordinating whole-of-government flood risk management and resilience policy, and is leading the implementation of a best practice approach to the management of the flood warning gauge network in Queensland.

The aim is to ensure people in flood-prone communities across Queensland have appropriate warning of flood events.

In 2015, a state-wide Performance Review of the Queensland Flood Warning Gauge Network was completed.

The review identified that the Bureau of Meteorology (Bureau) uses data from more than 3,400 rainfall and river gauges owned and operated by 54 entities. It also identified priority locations for improved early flood warning infrastructure.

In 2016, in conjunction with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Bureau, QRA worked with more than 40 priority councils to identify and recommend improvements to flood warning systems and design improved networks.

Key outcomes from the consideration and redesign of flood warning systems will be:

  • improved visibility of the data to relevant local councils, the State Disaster Coordination Centre, and the Bureau
  • improvements to the flood warning gauge network to a standard approved by the Bureau
  • The related transmission of data is suitable for use by the Bureau.

In 2017, QRA will work with all remaining councils to identify possible improvements to their flood warning systems and design improved networks.