Water compliance project

The Water compliance project will help rural water users understand their rights and obligations for taking and using water. This is a Federal government funded initiative with projects in each state. ​For more information:

​Water compliance project

The Water compliance project is Victoria’s implementation of the National Framework for Compliance and Enforcement of Water Resource Management Systems - Department of Environment.  The key elements of the project include providing more information about water take and use obligations and support for extra monitoring activities.

The framework promotes common water laws and compliance mechanisms across Australia and is funded by the Australian Government through the Water for the Future initiative.

The six water corporations involved in this project are able to provide information and support to water users about their rights and responsibilities:

  • Coliban Water* 
  • Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water*
  • Goulburn-Murray Water
  • Lower Murray Water*
  • Melbourne Water
  • Southern Rural Water
    *only applies to rural customers

Check your rights and obligations

If you take and use water from sources such as a dam, bore, stream, river, creek, or irrigation channel, you should:

  • check your water entitlement (licence) to make sure you understand your compliance obligations
  • contact your water corporation if you require further information regarding your entitlement or to work out if you need an entitlement for your water use

Taking and using water 

Water users can find out more about their water use rights and obligations from the Victorian Water Register or by contacting their local water corporation.

Most water users are responsible and abide by the conditions of their water licence. However, each year a small number of users take water illegally. Some do this deliberately, some inadvertently.  This includes water sourced from a bore, dam, creek, stream, river or irrigation channel.

Further reading

An annual report of compliance statistics and penalties is collated by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning with data from each water corporation. 

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