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Flood Forecasting and Warning Induction

This unit provides an induction to and information on Flood Warning Services and Process as well as an induction to the FFW Competency Framework. This includes the self-assessment process for provisional competency and information on the different operational flood warning roles.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have an awareness of Flood Forecasting and Warning Services and Processes
  • Have an awareness of the Flood Warning Competency Framework.
  • Have completed the self-assessment process and gained provisional competency for an operational flood warning role.

Method: 
Online 
Duration: 2-3 hours
Assessment: Self-Assessment for provisional competency
Help:

Contact FloodWings@bom.gov.au

DS1 - Data Fundamentals

This unit forms a part of the Flood Warning Competency Framework and competency in this unit is required for all Flood Warning Duty Officer and Lead Flood Warning Duty Officer roles.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different monitoring station instrumentation/telemetry types.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of metadata and data types used in Flood Warning in the Bureau.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the data collection systems in the Bureau, the data collected by them and the expected frequency of that data.
  • Schedule a poll or modify a polling schedule to collect data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic data quality control (QC) procedures.
  • Demonstrate an ability to quality flag data (void /remove void).
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contingency procedures in your region.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of escalation procedures and the ability to escalate an issue to the next level.
Method:
Blended
Duration: 6-8 hours of theory studies, quiz responses. Evidence of knowledge application on flood shifts
Assessment: COMING SOON.
Help: Contact your coordinator or FloodWings@bom.gov.au

Lego block CMM3 Warning Entry Tool: Using the System

This unit forms a part of the Flood Warning Competency Framework and competency in this unit is required for all assistant, flood warning and Lead flood warning duty officers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Use the functionality of the Warning Entry Tool to issue flood warnings.
  • Carry out basic trouble shooting and have knowledge of contingency procedures.
Prerequisite: HM1 - Hydrology and Hydraulics Fundamentals and CMM1 - Handling Customer Enquiries
Method: Blended
Duration: 4-6 hours of theory studies, quiz responses and practice.
Assessment: Online quiz, timed activity and short answer response
Help: Contact FloodWings@bom.gov.au

HM1 - Hydrology/Hydraulics Fundamentals Image of block

This unit forms a part of the Flood Warning Competency Framework and competency in this unit is required for all Duty Officer roles. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and basic understanding of the hydrological cycle.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and basic understanding of the flood hydrograph and hydrological terms.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and basic understanding of the key runoff process and modelling approaches
  • Demonstrate an awareness and basic understanding of flood routing and modelling approaches.

Method: 
Online via COMET
Duration: 4-5 hours of theory studies, quiz responses. 
Assessment: Online quizzes with completion certificates. 
Help:

Contact your coordinator or FloodWings@bom.gov.au

Lego blockHY2 - HyFS: Forecasting Environment

This unit forms a part of the Flood Warning Competency Framework and competency in this unit is required for all Flood Warning Duty Officer and Lead Flood Warning Duty Officer roles.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the forecast process in HyFS.
  • Create and run a Rainfall Policy in HyFS.
  • Run URBS Models in HyFS.
  • View Peak Height Correlations in HyFS.
Method: Blended
Duration: 8-10 hours including exercises. Up to four weeks for assessment.
Assessment:
Online quiz, short answer response, portfolio and journal
Help:
FloodWings@bom.gov.au
Pre requisites:
MD1 Urbs Fundamentals & HY1 HyFS: Using the System

Lego blockHY1 - HyFS: Using the System

This unit forms a part of the Flood Warning Competency Framework and competency in this unit is required for all Flood Warning Duty Officer and Lead Flood Warning Duty Officer roles.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of HyFS including accessing it and available help.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with HyF functionality, different data and information available in HyFS and various visualisation tools.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of HyFS data concepts and processes, including how they apply and how they are utilised.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the range of viewable data in HyFS pertinent for flood forecasters.
Method:
Blended
Duration: 8-10 hours including exercises
Assessment: Online quiz and activity portfolio or video
Help: Contact your coordinator or FloodWings@bom.gov.au

Flood Scenarios Outlook : Production and Communication

This unit forms a part of the Flood Warning Competency Framework and competency in this unit is required for all assistant, flood warning and Lead flood warning duty officers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of the Flood Scenarios Outlook.
  • Use the functionality in HyFS to issue Flood Scenarios Outlook.
  • Use the appropriate criteria when communicating Flood Scenarios Outlook to the external stakeholders. 
  • Carry out basic trouble shooting and have knowledge of contingency procedures.
Prerequisite:

HY1 - HyFS: Using the system, HY2 – HyFS: Forecasting environment, MD1: URBS Fundamentals and CMM1: Handling Customer Enquiries 

Method: Blended
Duration: 4-6 hours of theory studies, quiz responses and practice.
Assessment: Online quiz, practical activity and short answer response
Help: Contact FloodWings@bom.gov.au


The Flash Flood Advisory Resource (FLARE) is a website and telephone and email advisory service that supports organisations with flash flood warning responsibilities to design, implement and manage fit-for-purpose flash flood warning systems.

As an online repository, FLARE provides resources such as:

  • The adopted approach to flood warning in Australia
  • An overview of the agreed National Flash Flood Warning Responsibilities
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Examples of currently operational flash flood warning systems and agency experiences
  • A conceptual approach to developing a flash flood warning system
  • Recommended considerations for an effective flash flood warning system

Please 'enrol' in the course to access the contents.