Environmental contributions are funds collected from water supply authorities under the Water Industry Act 1994.

Under a 2004 amendment to the Act, environmental contributions are collected to fund initiatives that seek to promote the sustainable management of water or address adverse water-related environmental impacts.

Environmental contributions are 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 environmental contributions ensures the costs of water-related environmental activities are recovered from water users.

Current environmental contributions

Environmental contribution 5 (EC5), the fifth tranche of the environmental contribution, began 1 July 2020 and is expected to raise $693.9 million over 4 years to fund continued delivery of the government’s long-term water plan, Water for Victoria.

Read the EC5 initiative progress reports.

Previous environmental contributions

EC4 (tranche 4)

The fourth tranche of the environmental contribution commenced on 1 July 2016 and concluded on 30 June 2020, investing $537.1 million into delivery of actions under Water for Victoria.

EC3 (tranche 3)

The third tranche of the environmental contribution was established in June 2012 and ceased on 30 June 2016, generating $405.3 million.

EC1 and EC2 (tranches 1 and 2)

The first tranche of the environmental contributions commenced in July 2004 and collected a total of $226.5 million for the 4-year period from 2004 to 2005 to 2007 to 2008.

The second tranche of the environmental contributions collected a total of $277.6 million from 2008-09 to 2011 to 2012.

Reports for previous environmental contributions

To receive a copy of tranches 1 to 4 reports, contact the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 or contact us.

Page last updated: 02/11/23