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About the review

Melbourne Water is committed to an independent and transparent review process.

The Maribyrnong River Flood Review is being undertaken by an independent Review Panel. Former Federal and Victorian Supreme Court Judge Tony Pagone AM has been appointed to lead the independent review into the Maribyrnong River flood event.

Public submissions to the Maribyrnong River Flood Review were open from 17 January to 17 March 2023. Submissions were invited from community and stakeholders wanting to provide input to be considered in relation to the matters included in the Terms of Reference of the independent flood review. A total of 63 submissions were received and have been provided to the Review Lead.

The work of the independent panel commenced with a tour of impacted areas and preliminary meetings were held with some submitters in early May. The panel will then conduct further meetings, consultations and site visits and review all relevant information.

In July, the Independent Panel held public consultations. The Panel heard from interested parties and members of the community detailing their experiences of the floods. Melbourne Water also attended and participated in the consultations, including speaking to our submission and hearing from flood affected residents.

In accordance with the Terms of Reference, once the work of the Independent Review Panel is complete, Melbourne Water will submit the Panel’s report to the Victorian Government and publicly release the report.

Terms of Reference

The Maribyrnong River Flood Review is guided by a Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference provide more information on the review process, the scope of the review and the role of the independent Review Panel. Key dates in the Terms of Reference will be updated in an addendum shortly - the Review Lead is now due to submit his report to Melbourne Water in October and we anticipate public release of the report in November 2023.

The Review Panel

As set out in the Terms of Reference, the Review will be undertaken by the Maribyrnong River Flood Event Independent Review Panel (The Review Panel).

Former Federal and Victorian Supreme Court Judge Tony Pagone AM has been appointed to lead the review. Mr Pagone is a highly respected former judicial officer and King’s Counsel whose experience includes serving as Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in 2019.

The Review Panel includes members with skills in hydrology and hydraulic engineering, climate change and natural hazard risk management and town planning.

What the review covers

The Maribyrnong River Flood Review is an independent technical review that will report on the causes and contributors to the flood event in the urban catchment, including:

The following matters are outside the scope of the review:

  • Any specific policy responses
  • Future potential mitigation measures such as additional flood walls, levees or dams
  • Overall emergency responses including warnings and evacuation procedures
  • Flood recovery
  • Broad planning matters including planning decisions, frameworks and processes

The review area

The Maribyrnong River Flood Review focuses on the urban catchment of the Maribyrnong River. The urban catchment of the Maribyrnong River is defined as the parts of the river within Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary (marked by the purple line in the map below).

The map below features layers highlighting the Maribyrnong River, Flemington Racecourse and the Urban Growth Boundary.
You can switch these layers on and off by clicking on the icon in the top left of the map.

Related strategies and plans

Key dates

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    17 January - 17 March 2023: Public consultation and submissions period

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    April 2023: Submissions publicly released and provided to Review Lead

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    May 2023: Community Shared Experiences report published, update to community on progress with review

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    May - October 2023: Review Panel considers submissions

    Review Panel considers submissions and all relevant information, conducts meetings, site visits and public consultations which were held from 17 to 21 July.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    October 2023: Public release of Review report and addendum

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    April 2024: 6 month progress update

    Melbourne Water will provide an update on progress with implementation of the Panel’s recommendations.

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    May 2024: Final Panel report completed and released

    Independent Review Panel provides assessment of Flemington flood wall, using the new flood modelling

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    October 2024: 12 month progress update

    Melbourne Water will provide an update on progress with implementation of the Panel’s recommendations.

Language support

If you speak a language other than English and need help understanding the content on this page, you can contact the Telephone Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 or visit The Telephone Interpreting Service (TIS National) will coordinate a three-way telephone conversation, where Melbourne Water Customer Service Officers will be able to provide assistance through an interpreter.

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