Water for Victoria


About the Discussion Paper

Water is important to all of us. Climate change, population growth and changing community expectations are continually challenging the way we manage the water cycle to ensure it supports all Victorians.

The Minister for Water, Lisa Neville and the water sector are taking a long term view of these challenges. The first step in this process has been development of this Discussion Paper.

Developing Water for Victoria

The Victorian Government is developing a new water plan which will set the strategic directions for all aspects of water management in Victoria for decades to come, and will see that our communities continue to share the benefits that water provides.

The Water and Catchments Group in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is coordinating the development of the water plan.


The water plan is being developed in three phases:

Phase 1 - Development of a water plan discussion paper

This phase featured extensive involvement of key stakeholders across government, the water sector and targeted consultation, along with other primary stakeholders to discuss key issues, agree on future directions and debate policy options.

A summary of the Discussion Paper is also available in the document library of this page.

The Discussion Paper which was released for public consultation on 16 March 2016, identified the key issues and potential responses that will ensure water continues to support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and thriving communities now and into the future.


Phase 2 - Public consultation period (consultation concluded on 13 May 2016).

The discussion paper was open for public consultation from 16 March - 13 May.

Over this eight week period, 28 Community and Stakeholder Workshops were held across Victoria including

Melbourne CBD, Keilor, Epping, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Geelong, Maffra, Shepparton, Horsham, Morwell, Leongatha, Wodonga, Dandenong, Mildura, Kerang, Echuca.

Thank you to everyone who made a submission on the Plan discussion paper and participated in the Community and Stakeholder Workshops. It was pleasing to see such a strong community response and interest in the Water for Victoria Plan.

All submissions will be analysed and will inform the Water for Victoria final plan which will be finalised in 2016.

We received over 270 submissions from a range of stakeholders and community members.


Phase 3 - Preparation of a Final Water Plan

We are now carefully analysing the feedback and submissions received during the consultation period. These views and ideas are being considered as part of development of the final water plan.






About the Discussion Paper

Water is important to all of us. Climate change, population growth and changing community expectations are continually challenging the way we manage the water cycle to ensure it supports all Victorians.

The Minister for Water, Lisa Neville and the water sector are taking a long term view of these challenges. The first step in this process has been development of this Discussion Paper.

Developing Water for Victoria

The Victorian Government is developing a new water plan which will set the strategic directions for all aspects of water management in Victoria for decades to come, and will see that our communities continue to share the benefits that water provides.

The Water and Catchments Group in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is coordinating the development of the water plan.


The water plan is being developed in three phases:

Phase 1 - Development of a water plan discussion paper

This phase featured extensive involvement of key stakeholders across government, the water sector and targeted consultation, along with other primary stakeholders to discuss key issues, agree on future directions and debate policy options.

A summary of the Discussion Paper is also available in the document library of this page.

The Discussion Paper which was released for public consultation on 16 March 2016, identified the key issues and potential responses that will ensure water continues to support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and thriving communities now and into the future.


Phase 2 - Public consultation period (consultation concluded on 13 May 2016).

The discussion paper was open for public consultation from 16 March - 13 May.

Over this eight week period, 28 Community and Stakeholder Workshops were held across Victoria including

Melbourne CBD, Keilor, Epping, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Geelong, Maffra, Shepparton, Horsham, Morwell, Leongatha, Wodonga, Dandenong, Mildura, Kerang, Echuca.

Thank you to everyone who made a submission on the Plan discussion paper and participated in the Community and Stakeholder Workshops. It was pleasing to see such a strong community response and interest in the Water for Victoria Plan.

All submissions will be analysed and will inform the Water for Victoria final plan which will be finalised in 2016.

We received over 270 submissions from a range of stakeholders and community members.


Phase 3 - Preparation of a Final Water Plan

We are now carefully analysing the feedback and submissions received during the consultation period. These views and ideas are being considered as part of development of the final water plan.





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