Developers working on assets related to a drainage scheme, known as a Development Services Scheme DSS, or seeking to modify or decommission an existing Melbourne Water asset must apply for our approval of those designs.

Drainage designs go through three stages of review and acceptance:

Note: After obtaining an approved Planning Permit, an accepted Works Offer and approval of the Functional Design, developers can submit Detailed Design Submissions online.

Application process

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Documentation requirements

Detailed design submission
  • Cultural & Heritage report
  • Flora & Fauna report
  • Geomorph report (where appropriate)
  • Catchment plan/subdivisional staging plan for asset
  • Geotech report
  • SEMP
  • ANCOLD Consequence Assessment report (Retarding Basins only)
  • Retarding Basin Design and Assessment Guideline (appendix A) (Retarding Basins only)
  • Stormwater Management Strategy (SWMS)
  • HECRAS model incl shear stress output (typically Waterways only)
  • MUSIC Model (typically Wetlands only)
  • Inundation frequency analysis (Typically alternate wetland designs only
  • Wetspells analysis (Typically alternate wetland designs only)
  • RORB model (Typically Retarding Basins only)
  • Planting plan 
  • Detail Design report (Typically Waterways, RB’s & Wetlands only)
  • Draft maintenance Agreement
  • Quality Assurance documents (ISO9001 – QMS) Detailed certification statement and Structural Engineer’s certification, if applicable
  • Council design & ownership written approval (where appropriate);
  • Detailed Design Drawings (Civil &/or planting)
  • Groundwater Assessment report
  • Topsoil report
  • Sodic management plan (where appropriate)
Site Environment Management Plan SEMP 
  • For construction civil drawings IFC drawings
  • Traffic Management Plan
  • SEMP
Pre-commencement (Civil &/or Planting)

Pre-commencement documents (Based on asset type and application type, required and optional documents may vary)

  • IFC drawings (Civil &/or Planting)
  • OH&S Risk Management Plan
  • Traffic Management Plan (including relevant authorities approval)
  • Construction schedule (Civil &/or planting)
  • Civil preconstruction certification statement and checklist (QA Docs)
  • Photos (optional)
  • Contractor maintenance schedule
  • Planting preconstruction certification statement (QA docs)
Financial

The main documents for financial are:

  • Evidence confirming the correct lodgement of tenders through Tenders Vic (if project value is >$450K). (email, PDF, receipt etc) (Civil &/or Planting)
  • At least three conforming X3 (min) Contractor's tender submissions (PDF, email or excel) (Civil &/or Planting)
  • Melbourne Water Tender assessment template filled in with tender information and initial consultant's assessment of reimbursable items with justification and supporting information. (Excel) (Civil &/or Planting)
  • Supporting information (Invoices, photos, MW construction oversight report, consultant justification, comparable rates etc)
  • Copy of Security and Retention (Bonds/bank guarantees)
  • Financial Variations (Tender and Security and Retention lodgement variation)
  • Progress reimbursement justification (if being sought)
Planting commencement of establishment
  • Commencement of establishment documents (based on Landscape and Civil application type and Asset types, required and optional documents may vary)
  • Consultants plant supply self-audit checklist
  • Consultants plant installation self-audit checklist
  • Consultants Nursery Inspection self-audit checklist (planting only)
  • Plant supply delivery dockets
  • Photos (optional)
  • Contractor maintenance schedule
Midterm Planting

Midterm Planting Documents: (based on Landscape and Civil application type and Asset types, required and optional documents may vary)

  • self-audit checklist
  • Photos (optional)
  • Contractor maintenance schedule
General Inspection (Civil & Planting)

General Inspection Documents: (based on Landscape and Civil application type and Asset types, required and optional documents vary)

  • The need for general inspection meeting clearly articulated with the applicant.
Practical Completion (Civil & Planting)

Practical Completion Documents: (based on Landscape and Civil application type and Asset types, required and optional documents may vary)

  • Construction certification statement
  • As-constructed certification statement
  • As-constructed plan set (refer to ‘As constructed’ requirements)
  • As-constructed CAD
  • ANCOLD supervision construction report GITA level 1 (Retarding Basins only)

Appendix A from Melbourne Water's Retarding Basin guidelines (Retarding Basins only)

  • Construction Report (clay liner & backfill compaction test results, photos etc)
  • Topsoiling test results & confirmation soil has met MW specifications
  • Sediment pond reset supporting information (Evidence it’s been reset (civil only) such as sample results & tipping receipts, photos etc)
  • Planting construction certification statement
  • Photos (optional)
  • Contractor maintenance schedule (Civil &/or Planting)
Final Completion (Civil & Planting)

Final Completion Documents: (based on Landscape and Civil application type and Asset types, required and optional documents may vary)

  • Civil EDLP certification statement
  • Planting EDLP certification statement
  • Photos (optional)
  • Endorsed Maintenance Agreement (Landscape only)

Duration

The process steps’ duration represents Melbourne Water’s response time at each stage, excluding any customer response time to requests from the Design & Construction Hub.

Design & Construction Hub Process Steps Duration
Detailed Design Review Submission

20 Business days for single asset type

30 Business days for multiple asset types

Detail Design Review Variation 20 Business days for single asset type
30 Business days for multiple asset types
Site Environment Management Plan SEMP 30 Business days
SEMP Variation 30 Business days
Financial 33 Business days
Financial Variation 35 Business days
Progress Reimbursement 35 Business days
Commencement of Establishment 28 Business days
Pre-Commencement 28 Business days
General Inspection 15 Business days
Practical Completion 53 Business days
Midterm Planting 35 Business days
Final Completion 53 Business days

Fees

There are no fees for this service.  

Disclaimer

This page may not list all Design & Construction Hub submission requirements and is provided for indicative purposes only.  Melbourne Water’s Design & Construction Hub should be referred to for each project and asset class’s specific submission requirements.

Contact us

If you need any help to complete this application, contact us 131 722.

 

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