• Paid Event

Introduction to bioretention design

Tuesday 22nd Mar 2022 9:30AM - 1:00PM

Online - Zoom

Registrations are now closed


This training will be delivered over two half day sessions. Please ensure you are available on both days before registering;

  • Part 1: Tuesday 22 March 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Part 2: Thursday 24 March 9.30am - 12.00pm


This training will provide practical guidance critical to the design and review of bioretention (raingarden) assets. The course will cover the fundamentals of bioretention design, including the function and objectives of these assets, key considerations relating to design and asset lifecycle, and the key steps in the bioretention design process.  

The session will reference the industry standards in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)  Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems and Melbourne Water Biofiltration Guidelines. The session will include guidance on hydraulics, vegetation and design for safety.

Practical class exercises throughout the day give participants a chance to apply best practice design and test learning in a small group context. Participants will be encouraged to share knowledge and experience with peers throughout the session.

The course will highlight additional resources to extend the learnings from the course, for those seeking to further their knowledge and understanding.

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the objectives, function and components of bioretention – including the policy and strategic context to which design needs to respond.
  • Appreciate key design considerations such as site constraints and bioretention suitability (including alternative configurations and options), materials, planting, aesthetics, safety and implications on asset lifecycle (i.e. ease of construction and maintenance).
  • Gain experience in applying biofilter design criteria to the local/site context 
  • Understand the bioretention design process and gain experience through practical exercises around various design steps, such as asset location and sizing, hydraulics, media specification, and vegetation selection.
  • Understand the design approval process across local government and Melbourne Water
  • Know where to find additional information and industry resources to further their skills and knowledge.


  • Ideal for budding bioretention designers and practitioners involved in the reviewing approval and/or project management of bioretention projects. This includes engineers, planners, architects, builders, landscape designers, site supervisors, asset managers, project managers and environment officers.
  • This course is designed as an introduction to bioretention for practitioners working in stormwater management or WSUD project management. No prior experience in bioretention design is needed.


Workshop presenters: 

Our trainers are experts in their field and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

Alex Brown - Spiire


Alexandra is a civil engineer who is passionate about the integration of water into communities. In her current role as Practice Area Leader of Integrated Water at Spiire, she leads the team’s technical development and industry engagement. She is dedicated to knowledge sharing, both within the business and the water industry, and regularly shares her insights at events and technical forums across Victoria.

Her wealth of knowledge and experience includes water sensitive urban design, integrated water management, catchment management, hydrology, hydraulics and urban drainage design. Through her collaborative and innovative approach, she works closely with local councils, authorities and private developers to deliver solutions for a range of projects in the greenfield, brownfield, government and infrastructure sectors.


Jamie Comley - Jamie Comley Environmental Consulting 

Jamie is an Environmental Engineer, Urban Planner and Geographer who has worked in sustainable water management for almost 20 years. His experience encompasses a broad range of technical, strategic, policy and research areas associated with implementation of integrated water management (IWM), water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and urban sustainability planning. Jamie holds specialist expertise in WSUD project and asset management , capacity building and training delivery, environmental program design and integrating sustainable water management into land use planning.

Jamie has a strong appreciation of the issues and capacity needs facing the water and land development industries.  He has reinforced his professional skills and knowledge through extensive experience in water corporations, local government, large consulting firms and his own business – both in Australia and overseas. He is passionate about improving sustainability and liveability outcomes for our community and enjoys taking a big picture view and collaborative approach in addressing these issues.



  • 15 March for early bird price
  • 21 March for standard price


p: 9679 7711
e: info@clearwatervic.com.au