Legislation and policies

Melbourne’s water is subject to careful management and regulation to protect our water supplies, the environment and public health. View information about legislation administered by Melbourne Water – namely, the Water Act 1989 (Vic) and its related by-laws, as well as other policies that are relevant to our work. 


Winneke Treatment Plant Clarifiers

Water Act 1989

Read about the legal framework for managing Victoria’s water resources, then view the full document online.


Know the Water Act







Policies and procedures

​Read the range of policies that outline our obligations and commitment to you.


View our policies
and procedures





Troughs carrying recycled water at Western Treatment Plant

Freedom of information

Victoria’s Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives you the right to apply for access to documents in Melbourne Water's possession unless exempt. Find out how to apply online.


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Last updated:
4 August 2020