Introduction to WSUD principles & technologies

Thursday 2nd Apr 2020 9:00AM - 4:30PM

University of Melbourne - Burnley Campus
500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, Victoria, 3121

Registrations are now closed

Note: This course was previously called 'WSUD: Stormwater management principles & practices'


This one day training course will introduce you to the concepts of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and water sensitive cities, focusing on the WSUD approach to stormwater management.

The session will cover the principles of stormwater management, focusing on how to set targets to allow for water conservation as well as flow and water quality management. It will emphasise basic principles of water quality treatment and flow management to guide selection and design of treatment systems. Design considerations, treatment performance, operation and maintenance will also be discussed.

The course will include an integrated practical exercise running throughout the day, covering aspects from target setting through to the conceptual design of a stormwater treatment train.

In addition to classroom-based learning, participants will visit some of the latest research and demonstration facilities at Burnley campus, including the Burnley demonstration green roof.

By the end of this session you will: 

  • Understand the basic principles of WSUD and water sensitive cities and how stormwater management can support these principles
  • Recognise the importance of setting targets for stormwater management and know how to do so for your own projects
  • Have a good overview of a wide range of treatment systems
  • Be able to select the most appropriate technology (or mix of technologies) for a given scenario and a given set of targets


Ideal for landscape architects, environmental planners, designers and engineers from government or commercial organisations; stormwater construction and plumbing contractors; urban design decision makers and interested community members wishing to gain an introductory understanding of the principles and practices of a WSUD approach to stormwater management at the lot, street and catchment scale.

Workshop presenters: 

Assoc Prof David McCarthy (Monash University) 
Prof Tim Fletcher (The University of Melbourne)


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.


Wednesday 25 March


p: 9679 7711

Testimonial about this course:
"I found the WSUD course very useful for expanding my knowledge and filling some gaps, and it was enjoyable. I walked out of the training knowing that I can confidently talk through different concepts, issues and technologies relating to WSUD, and it gave me many ideas for planning and assessments in my role. The booklet that we got to take away is fantastic – it has already been a useful reference a number of times after just a few weeks".

Andrew Downing, River Health Officer - Melbourne Water