As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

If you are developing or building and your property is subject to flooding, you may be required to obtain flood flow rate information from us.

​A Velocity Statement will provide the velocity of floodwaters that may flow through your property if it is affected by flooding. Depending on the velocity of the floodwaters you may be required to meet certain design or construction standards under the Building Code of Australia.

This construction standard will ensure that your development is able to withstand potentially fast flowing floodwaters structurally. 

Application process

You should apply for a Velocity Statement at the request of your building surveyor or consultant or if your property is subject to flooding.

Documents required

No documents are required for application.


14 days (10 business days).

Incomplete applications may be delayed or returned requesting additional information.


There are no fees for this service.

Guidelines and standards

For more information read our:

Flooding information and advice

Contact us

If you need any help completing this application, contact us on 131 722.

Last updated:
15 November 2019