Waterways and drainage annual assessment

​Melbourne Water is the designated caretaker of all waterways and major drainage systems in the Port Phillip and Westernport region. 

A Waterways and Drainage Charge is collected from homeowners and non-residential customers in order for Melbourne Water to fulfil our responsibilities in caring for these systems.

Waterways and drainage strategy

The Waterways and drainage strategy (2013–2018) outlined the work that Melbourne Water would complete in managing our waterways and drainage systems over this five year period. The strategy is our commitment to customers, stakeholders and the community.

These commitments are outlined through 39 targets detailed in the strategy. Progress against these targets is assessed every year by an independent auditor.

Ernst and Young completed the second (July 2015) and third (July 2016) annual assessments of Melbourne Water’s progress in implementing the targets. Progress for the 2013/14 year was reported on pages 20 and 137 in Melbourne Water‘s 2013/14 Annual Report.

How we are assessed

The following criteria is used to measure what we've achieved:

  • ‘Met’ - 100% of measures are achieved and or the target value is achieved
  • ‘Substantially met’ - 80% of measures are achieved, target value is met on measures achieved and target value is likely to be achieved over the five year period
  • ‘Not scored’ - target is not applicable to the 2014-15 reporting period as these targets are measured every two years.

2016 examination results 

All 39 targets were assessed as on track for the year. 32 of the targets were assessed as met and 7 as substantially met.

The findings of the assessment are summarised in the table below.  

​Commitment area ​Number of targets ​Met ​Substantially met ​Not met ​Not scored
​Healthy waterways ​7 ​6 ​1
​Valued stormwater ​5 ​4 ​1
​Effective flood management and drainage ​10 ​7 ​3
​Integrated urban development ​8 ​6 ​2
​Shared expert knowledge ​4 ​4
​Engaged customer and knowledge ​5 ​5
Total ​39 32 7

 2015 examination results

30 of the targets were assessed as met, 7 as substantially met and 2 as not scored.

The findings of the assessment are summarised in the table below.

​Commitment area ​​Number of targets Met​ ​​Substantially met ​Not met​ ​​Not scored
​​Healthy waterways ​7 ​5 ​2
​​Valued stormwater ​5 ​4 ​1
​​Effective flood management and drainage ​10 ​7 ​3
​Integrated urban development ​8 ​7 ​1
​​Shared expert knowledge ​4 ​4
​​Engaged customer and knowledge ​5 ​3 ​2
​Total ​39 ​30 ​7 ​2

Waterways and drainage investment plan

In July 2016 the Waterways and Drainage Strategy was replaced by the Waterways and drainage investment plan. The 2016 independent assessment of the Strategy was therefore the final one.

The Waterways and drainage investment plan covers the period 2016/17 to 2020/21.

The commitments of the plan are detailed in 21 targets.

An independent assessment of Melbourne Water’s performance against these 21 targets will be conducted in July 2017.

 

Last updated:
1 November 2017