The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for flooding in Victoria, which means that we are responsible for planning for floods, supporting community preparedness and managing flood response if they do occur.


Be prepared

Victoria has a long history of flooding, and is home to many flood-prone communities. Floods cost Victorians more than $460 million every year, and can cause significant damage to homes, businesses and community infrastructure.

The important information below can help you learn more about preparing for floods. 

Local Melbourne Flood Videos

Do you live in a Melbourne flood hotspot? Watch all the videos or click on the link below to watch your local floodsafe video:



Find your local flood information

How can I prepare my home for floods?

VICSES has developed local flood guides to explain local flood risks for many flood prone communities and support you to prepare for and respond to flood events. 

VICSES have also developed Municipal flood emergency plans for emergency management agencies.

 View the Local Flood Guides Map 

 View Municipal Flood Emergency Plans 

Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quicker afterwards.

 How to plan and prepare for floods 


How do flood warning systems work?

How will floods affect your business?

Learn about warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to tell people about possible flooding

 Flood warning systems 

Is your business close to a river, creek, major storm drain or in a low-lying area, then you may be at risk.

 How will floods affect your business? 


Download the following resources, which will help you before, during and after a flood emergency:


Learn about hazards