Groundwater and bores
Groundwater is used by many landowners to supply water for domestic and stock purposes and for irrigation of commercial crops.
While groundwater sometimes interacts with surface water to supply dams and natural springs, in many cases farmers gain access to groundwater reserves via bores.
Under the Water Act 1989 a landowner may be entitled to access groundwater for domestic and stock purposes by virtue of land ownership although water for commercial purposes is available only under strict licensing arrangements. Rural water corporations are responsible for the issuing of licences. In all cases, bores must be constructed by a licensed driller.
The Victorian entitlement framework provides more detailed information about licensing requirements in relation to groundwater.
For more information visit Groundwater.