Following the State Election held on 29 November 2014, there has been a change of government. This website will be updated accordingly.
Managing our precious living asset
Water is a changing natural asset.
In an uncertain future climate, Victoria requires robust and adaptive strategies for balancing the supply and demand of this precious resource.
From catchment to tap, it is expertly managed through the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and a network of government agencies.
DEPI oversees the complete statewide network of authorities to deliver water to cities and towns and for irrigation, to manage waste water, to keep rivers healthy and to achieve a resilient water system to face supply challenges.
Our responsibilities begin with catchment and waterway health and extend through infrastructure oversight, water saving and re-use projects, flood management to governance and water legislation.
Our expertise ranges from river hydrology and environmental scientists through to engineers, planners and specialist industry technicians.
Our challenge is to strike the right balance between economic, environmental and social values to ensure there is enough water to go around.
Innovative planning, adaptive management, monitoring and regulation, prudent investment, effective policies and on-ground programs are all essential parts of our approach.
Murray-Darling Basin Plan Timeline
Follow the events and milestones leading to agreement on the implementation of Basin water reform in Victoria.
Improving irrigation efficiency
Victorian irrigation is being modernised to save water, improve efficiency and provide better service delivery.