Flood evacuation route improvements - State guideline

The State guideline: Flood evacuation route improvements (the Guideline) and supporting materials provide guidance on a process to support the identification of 'fair and reasonable' flood evacuation route improvements in Queensland.

The Guideline outlines an options assessment process that supports decision making in relation to flood evacuation route improvements. The Guideline can be used to inform flood risk management activities, and has been designed to be used by local governments, state agencies and Queensland’s disaster management groups, supported as needed by suitably qualified or experienced persons.

Supporting resources

This Worked example is provided to assist users in undertaking the options assessment process outlined in the State Guideline: Flood Evacuation Route Improvements (Guideline) by applying it to a fictional location.

The following supporting tool supports the assessment of options against the option feasibility assessment and multi-criteria assessment (MCA).


Development of the guideline was led by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in partnership with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

BMT Commercial Australia were engaged as technical consultants with additional advice provided by Ethos Urban and Veitch Lister Consulting.

The guideline was developed in collaboration with a Project Reference Group comprising representatives from local governments and state government agencies.

The guideline was peer reviewed by:

  • Associate Professor Matthew Burke, Griffith University
  • Ben Patterson, Royal HaskoningDHV, New South Wales
  • Jaap-Jeroen Flikweert, Royal HaskoningDHV, United Kingdom
  • Stein Grodum, TransGroup Australia.

Important contributions were made by all parties involved in the development of the guideline.

Project background

This work is part of the Queensland government response to recommendations of the Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan