Our business is Water Our outcome goal: Safe, sustainable and productive water resources To succeed, we must: Increase the environmental condition of priority waterways and catchments Increase participation of Traditional Owners in sustainable water management Increase Victoria’s water security Improve water sector governance and work to secure its long-term financial sustainability What does success look like? Our targets for 2019-20 include: Maintain at least 50% representation of women on water sector boards River reaches and wetlands with improved environmental conditions 330

The department increases the efficiency of supply and use of water in cities and towns and improves environmental conditions of waterways to ensure that Victoria has safe and sustainable water resources to meet future urban, rural and environmental needs.

Increase the environmental condition of priority waterways and catchments

We will:

  • protect the health of waterways and catchments from the adverse impacts of human use
  • transform Victorian cities and towns into the most resilient and liveable in the world, including all elements of the urban water cycle
  • implement Victorian agreements in the Murray-Darling Basin to deliver outcomes that protect the environment and support agricultural industries and communities
Outcome measuresResult 18–19Target 19–20
Number of river reaches or wetlands with maintained or improved environmental condition (BP3 – DOI)411330
Hectares of vegetation works undertaken to improve the health and resilience of waterways9,0009,000

Increase participation of Traditional Owners in sustainable water management

We will:

  • support the wellbeing of communities who enjoy the recreational benefits our waterways provide and consider these values in the way we manage water
  • support Traditional Owner and Aboriginal participation in Victorian water planning and management
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Increased engagement with Traditional Owners to encourage applications to water sector boards
(Noting that next round of major board appointments is scheduled in 2019–20)
8 13 appointments

Increase Victoria’s water security

We will:

  • invest in climate change research and build partnerships to share knowledge and apply research to water management
  • enable farming communities in a warmer and drier future to maximise the value of agricultural production with the water available
  • ensure that secure rights to water, robust water resource information, and a responsive planning framework will enable us to adapt to changing values and uses of water, as well as protect the environment
  • ensure that Victoria's water grid and markets will help us realise the greatest benefit from our valuable water resources
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Megalitres of cumulative water savings (permanent reduction in irrigation distribution system delivery losses) realised through water recovery projects 839,670 883,802
Proportion of properties completely connected to the modernised irrigation delivery system (in the Goulburn Murray, Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh irrigation districts) 83% 84.5%

Improve water sector governance and work to secure its long-term financial sustainability

We will:

  • support Victoria’s water sector jobs, economic growth, the environment, and our health and wellbeing
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
People engaged to increase the knowledge / capacity of water management, including citizen science programs 12,882 18,000
Percentage of representation of women on water sector boards 50% 50%

Page last updated: 29/08/19