Flood studies

Brisbane City Council is committed to ensuring we have the latest flood modelling data to help manage flood risk in Brisbane. Flood studies provide Council with technical data for managing all sources of flood risk - river, creek, storm tide and overland flow.

Following the January 2011 floods, and in response to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry and Council's January 2011 Flood Action Plan, Council is committed to undertake and maintain up to date flood studies for Brisbane catchments including working with the Queensland Government on Brisbane River flood studies.

To date, Council has completed the following flood studies:

  • Albany Creek
  • Bald Hills Creek
  • Breakfast Creek
  • Brighton Creek
  • Bulimba Creek
  • Cabbage Tree Creek
  • Hemmant/Lytton creeks
  • Kedron Brook
  • Lota Creek
  • Moolabin/Rocky Water Holes creeks
  • Norman Creek
  • Nundah Creek
  • Oxley Creek
  • Sheep Station Gully Creek
  • Stable Swamp Creek
  • Tingalpa Drain
  • Wynnum Creek
  • Moggill Creek
  • Perrin Creek
  • Cubberla Creek
  • Wolston Creek
  • The Coastal Flood Study
  • Citywide Creek and Overland Flow Path Mapping Study.

These studies are progressively being implemented into Council's FloodWise Property Reports, the Flood Overlay map in Brisbane City Plan 2014 and the Flood Awareness Map.

Hard copies of the flood studies are available for viewing in the Brisbane Square Library. They can also be downloaded from the Brisbane open data website.

Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study

As a result of the 2011 Brisbane River floods, the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry recommended the Queensland Government and relevant local governments complete a comprehensive flood study of the Brisbane River catchment.

The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Studies (BRCFS) project, led by the Queensland Government in partnership with Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Somerset Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council, includes a number of projects to help us better understand the impact of floods.

Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study (2017)

The Brisbane River Flood Study (Flood Study), released by the Queensland Government in 2017, is phase two of BRCFS project. The Flood Study provides technical data about flood behaviour and characteristics across the Brisbane River catchment and flood levels in lower Brisbane River and tributaries.

Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan

Following the Flood Study, the Queensland Government in partnership with Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Somerset Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council has released the Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan (Strategic Plan).

While the Flood Study identified the likelihood of different sized floods occurring in the Brisbane River floodplain, the Strategic Plan builds on this to identify the impact of different sized floods on our community, natural environment, economy and the urban environment.

The Strategic Plan is a non-statutory guide for delivering a consistent and coordinated approach to manage flood risk across the four local governments in the floodplain.

To find out more about the Strategic Floodplain Management Plan, visit the Queensland Government’s website or call 13 QGOV (13 7468).

Local Floodplain Management Plan

As the next step in the BRCFS project, Council is now working on a Local Floodplain Management Plan (LFMP).

The LFMP builds on key local actions and recommendations from the Strategic Plan and will identify and assess local structural mitigation options to divert or exclude floodwater, land use planning, building controls, disaster management, response planning, community awareness, and resilience.

Council will continue to work with the Queensland Government and local governments to achieve the Strategic Plan’s recommendations. This local plan will help Council apply this regionally consistent approach to floodplain management to increase flood resilience in our communities.

More information

For more information about the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Studies project and the Strategic Floodplain Management Plan, visit the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website or phone 13QGOV (13 7468).

To find out more information about Council's flooding products, plans and tools, visit Council’s Flooding in Brisbane page or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated:9 May 2019