Governing water resources
Good governance underpins Victoria's efficient and sustainable management of water resources and delivery of water services.
Governance begins with the Victorian Government's allocation of water resources across the state.
Under the Water Act 1989, the Government uses a water entitlement framework to balance the demands for water for consumption, the environment and other non-consumptive uses.
The water entitlement framework is administered at three levels:
- the State Government retains overall right to the use, flow and control of all surface water and groundwater on behalf of all Victorians
- the Minister for Water is responsible for granting entitlements to water (including environmental entitlements) and setting limits and caps
- individual rights to water
The Governance guide to the Victorian water industry provides an overview of the governance framework surrounding the water industry and an introduction to the legislation, ministers, government departments and regulators that play a role in the management of Victorian water.