Flood mitigation in the Northern Territory

From Darwin to Alice Springs, many areas in the Northern Territory are prone to flooding, from storm surge in coastal areas to flash flooding in creeks.

Flooding can happen in built up urban areas due to an increase in the rate of storm water run off or towns and suburbs built within floodplains. Poor stormwater management can also cause localised flooding.

The community, local businesses, emergency services, local council and government need to work together to reduce the impact of flood waters.

The Northern Territory Government is committed to assisting residents in flood-prone areas through a range of flood mitigation options.

On 20 November 2014 the Chief Minister announced funding of $50 million for flood mitigation for the Darwin Region and Katherine as part of the sale of the Territory Insurance Office (TIO).

On 28 January 2015 the Chief Minister established a Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee in Katherine and in Darwin, which met for the first time in February 2015 to review the draft terms of reference and the work program to June 2015.

The Flood Mitigation Advisory Committees were tasked with providing a report to government by the end of June 2015 with recommendations on how the funding can best be spent to mitigate the impact of flooding while providing value for money for taxpayers.

On 26 February 2016, the Chief Minister also announced the establishment of an Alice Springs Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee, to coincide with updated flood mapping for the area. 

The Flood Mitigation Advisory Committees have also been tasked with providing a report to government with recommendations on how to mitigate the impact of flooding.

Last updated: 28 November 2017