Environmental contributions are funds collected from water supply authorities under the Water Industry Act 1994 (the Act).
As outlined in the Act, funding is allocated to initiatives that seek to promote the sustainable management of water or address adverse water-related environmental impacts.
The Environmental Contribution is one of the most important funding tools assisting Victorians to manage water sustainably, and a means of accounting for the environmental costs associated with the provision of water-based services.
Funding of sustainable water resource management activities through the Environmental Contribution ensures the costs of water-related environmental activities are recovered from water users.
There have been two previous rounds (or 'tranches') of the Environmental Contribution. For more information go to Environmental Contribution history 2004–2012.
An evaluation of the first 10 years of the Environmental Contribution was completed in October 2015. See this page for more information and to download a copy of the evaluation report.
Overview of Tranche 3
In June 2012 the former Victorian Government established a third tranche of the environmental contribution (EC3). The four-year tranche, which ceased on 30 June 2016, has generated $405.3 million to fund initiatives consistent with the purposes set out in legislation.
The table below displays expenditure across each year of the tranche, with 2015-16 project expenditure bringing the total EC3 expenditure as at 30 June 2016 to $327.9 million.
The remaining funds collected through EC3 have now been committed to projects to be delivered from 2016-17 to 2018-19. This includes new projects announced in the 2016-17 state budget as well as the completion of existing projects.
|EC3 Current and Projected Expenditure||$ million|
|Total EC3 Expenditure as at 30 June 2016||327.9|
|Funding committed to projects from 16-17 to 18-19||77.6|
|TOTAL Projected EC3 Expenditure||405.5|
EC3 initiative progress reports
Reports on progress and achievements of all EC3 funded initiatives to date are available below. While collection of funds for EC3 has ceased, a number of projects will continue to be delivered until 2018-19. Expenditure and progress reports for ongoing initiatives will continue to be reported on this website and in the DELWP annual report.
Irrigation Modernisation and Water Recovery
G-MW Connections Program project management
Improved integrity in water savings assessment and management
Linking Farms and Catchments to Modernisation 2 (Whole farm planning in the GMID)
Macalister Irrigation District 2030
Environmental Water Management and Planning
Breathing life back into the Yarrowee River
Catchment Management Authority water statutory functions
Demonstrating waterway health outcomes
Securing Priority Waterways: Regional on-ground works
Sustainable Water Management – Healthy Waterways
Sustainable Water Management – Gippsland Lakes
Sustainable Water Management – Riparian Land
Yarra River Protection
Water Entitlements and Market Reform
Basin Plan modelling
Improving modelling for water resource management and transitioning to the National Hydrologic Platform
Integrated water analysis and reporting
Simplifying the Bulk Water Entitlements Framework
Surface water monitoring and data management
Reports are also available on the following initiatives completed in 2013-14: