Flood Resilient Homes Program

The program is designed to help residents prepare for and recover from overland flow flooding by implementing flood-resilient building strategies in their homes.

Have you been affected by the 2022 severe weather event?

We recommend that you read our flood recovery and resilience resources. This has information on how residents, businesses and community clubs can get financial assistance, recovery support, clean up advice and information to build back better following the recent extreme weather event.

Other flood resilience programs and funding

To learn more about the Queensland Government flood resilience funding for residents, visit the Resilient Homes Fund website and register your interest. Note that this funding is not related to Brisbane City Council’s Flood Resilient Homes Program.

About the program

The Flood Resilient Homes Program is designed to help residents prepare for, live through and recover from overland flow flooding, and is currently being trialled in locations across the city that have a history of this type of flooding.

Residents receive a free Home Service by flood-resilience experts, followed by recommendations which may include works to increase the flood resilience of a property funded through the Incentive Scheme. These works are designed by architects and undertaken by licensed builders and can range from raising power points to tiling floors and more extensive works. In most cases there is no cost to the property owner.

Flood-resilient design enables home owners and residents to safely store belongings prior to a flood event, and easily clean, repair and quickly move back in after floods with minimal long-term disruption.

The Flood Resilient Homes Program is an initiative of Brisbane City Council, delivered in partnership with Brisbane Sustainability Agency.

What is overland flow flooding?
Overland flow is excess rainfall runoff from homes, driveways and other surfaces. Overland flow flooding is water that runs across the land after rain, either before it enters a creek or stream or after rising to the surface naturally from underground. Overland flow flooding tends to affect localised areas rather than the whole city at once.
Where is the program being piloted?
The program is being piloted in selected locations across the city that have a history of frequent and severe overland flow flooding. This pilot stage of the program is open to selected properties by invitation only.

Pilot areas have been selected because they are regularly and severely impacted by overland flow flooding. These areas have a 50% chance of flooding from overland flow every year and are located across the Brisbane Local Government Area, in the upper, middle and lower parts of catchments.

What is involved

Selected properties will receive a letter from Brisbane Sustainability Agency inviting them to participate in a program consisting of three steps: 

Home Service – a free in-home assessment of your property’s flood resilience. 

Home Service Recommendations – the recommendations follow your Home Service and may include recommended building or design works to increase the flood resilience of your property. 

Incentive Scheme – if any building or design recommendations have been made, properties may progress to the Incentive Scheme for financial assistance. 

For more information on the program steps view the Program Journey. For more information about the program, read the Frequently Asked Questions and our Flyer.

What is flood-resilient design?

Flood-resilient design prepares buildings to withstand and recover from overland flow flooding events, while supporting everyday liveability and quality of life. It considers the use of materials, construction methods and the style of home.

What residents say

Nancy’s story

Peter’s story

Alisa’s story

Philip’s story

William & Rosey’s story

Book a home service

If you have already received an invitation to be part of the program, you can book a Home Service using this form. You will need your unique Reference Number from the invitation letter.

For more information about the Flood Resilient Homes Program please contact Brisbane Sustainability Agency on 07 3007 7013 or email floodwise@sustainablebrisbane.com.au 

If English is not your first language, please call 131 450 and we can organise an interpreter for you.

Flooding phone numbers

Life-threatening emergencies: 000
Brisbane City Council: 07 3403 8888
State Emergency Service (SES): 132 500
Energex (power lines): 13 19 62
Queensland Urban Utilities: 13 26 57 (13 23 64 for emergencies)
Community Recovery Hotline: 1800 173 349
Lifeline: 13 11 14

In the media

As floods worsen, some say it is time to rethink how Queenslanders build for the future

The Guardian 19 Mar 2022

The Guardian defines climate-resilience design and discusses how the Flood Resilient Homes Program has been successful for participants in the recent flood event.

Rebuilding flood-resistant homes

ABC Radio 9 Mar 2022

Flood Resilient Homes Program participants Catherine and Margherita share how the work done on their property reduced the clean up after this year’s February flood.

Featuring program partner James Davidson, of local architecture firm, JDA Co.

Can a flood-resilient house program protect more homes like Rusty’s in future?

ABC News 18 Mar 2022

ABC News highlights how the Flood Resilience Homes Program have helped participants, like Rusty Adams, in the wake of the recent flood event and how Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner wants the program to be expanded.

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