Water quality contributions explained

We work to ensure the impact of urban development doesn't adversely impact on the water quality of our waterways and bays.

Many of our schemes include regional water quality works (such as wetlands) which are funded by scheme contributions, and we also construct regional water quality works outside of schemes funded by Stormwater quality offset contributions.

We also support Clause 56 of the Victoria Planning Provisions, which stipulates when developments are expected to use on-site treatment to meet best practice targets for stormwater quality.

Expectations and options regarding water quality contributions and on-site treatment are illustrated in the tables below:

Residential development (subject to Clause 56)

​Scheme with water quality works ​Scheme with no water quality works ​Outside schemes
Hydraulic contribution ​Yes ​Yes ​n/a
Water quality treatment ​Contributions for water quality treatment provided by the scheme ​Expected to provide water quality treatment within the subdivision in accordance with Clause 56 ​Developers are expected to provide water quality treatment within the subdivision in accordance with Clause 56

Water quality options

Reduce water quality contribution by providing on-site treatment​

Developments less than 1 hectare

May pay water quality offset contributions

Developments less than 1 hectare

May pay water quality offset contributions

 

Industrial development (not subject to Clause 56)

Scheme with water quality works​ Scheme with no water quality works​ Outside schemes​
Hydraulic contribution Yes​ ​Yes ​n/a

Water quality treatment

​Developers can pay a water quality contribution for water quality treatment provided by the scheme

Sites 5 hectares or greater

Developers are expected to provide water quality treatment within the development.

Sites 5 hectares or greater

Developers are expected to provide water quality treatment within the development.​

Water quality options

​Reductions in water quality contributions are available for providing on-site water quality treatment.

Sites less than 5 hectares

Water quality offset contributions are available.

Developments less than 0.4 hectares are encouraged to treat stormwater but this isn't required. Water quality contributions are also not required.

Sites less than 5 hectares

Water quality offset contributions are available.

 

Developments less than 0.4 hectares are encouraged to treat stormwater but this isn't required. Water quality contributions are also not required.

Contact us

If you need any help, contact us on 131 722 or email [email protected]

Last updated:
6 November 2017