Coastal hazard assessments in Victoria

Mr Viktor Brenners1

1Dept Of Envi. Land, Water & Planning (victoria), East Melbourne, Australia


Viktor has more than 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors (local and international), specialising in water resource management issues, including water cycle management, floodplain management, service auditing, capacity building, strategy and policy development. Viktor currently works for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria.


The Future Coasts program was a 4 year program established in 2008 to assess the vulnerability of Victoria’s coastline to coastal hazards (inundation and erosion) under a changing climate and develop strategies to help communities and industry respond and adapt.

One of the Future Coasts assessment themes was to undertake 4 pilots coastal hazard assessments (CHAs) along different types of coast (at Port Fairy, Bellarine Peninsula-Corio Bay, Western Port, and Gippsland Lakes/90 Mile Beach) that provided a good representation of the Victorian coastline, and as such, the methods used in the CHAs could be applied to future assessments in other coastal locations. The learnings from the 4 pilot CHAs were aggregated for the next generation of CHA projects currently in the development or early implementation stage.

This paper will provide an overview of the similarities and differences in the development and outcomes of the 4 pilot CHAs, what lessons were learnt and how these learnings were aggregated and applied to the next generation of CHAs. This will include looking at technical issues, such as the complex interactions between coastal flooding and other coastal processes, as well as socio-economic issues raised by communities regarding the sensitivities of how and when the information should be used.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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