The Victorian Water and Climate Initiative (VicWaCI) is a partnership between the Victorian Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Bureau of Meteorology, and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

The University of Melbourne was also a research partner in the first phase of VicWaCI (2017 – 2020), and Monash University provided an in-kind contribution. VicWaCI is managed by the Hydrology and Climate Science team of DELWP’s Water and Catchments Group.

VicWaCI seeks to answer questions and better understand our climate and water resource situation. Through the VicWaCI research our understanding of climate change and its impacts on Victoria’s water resources has grown substantially in recent years.

Research covered by VicWaCI includes:

  • Where runoff rates across Victoria have reduced, and the reasons for the decline.
  • Different weather types and their influence on rainfall.
  • Rainfall and streamflow projections.

Victoria's Water in a Changing Climate

Victoria's Water in a Changing Climate provides a key source of information on the impact of climate on Victoria’s water resources that the Victorian water sector is able to use to inform future planning and policy decisions. The new findings informed the development of a set of climate change guidelines, and they provide a foundation for regional sustainable water strategies, urban water strategies, and informing water resource planning decisions.

It follows earlier documents produced as a part of the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative in 2010 and the Victorian Climate Initiative in 2017.

The findings from the first phase of VicWaCI research that began in 2017 were brought together in Victoria’s Water in a Changing Climate, released in December 2020. If you would like to request a hardcopy please email us. This document collates and offers insights into VicWaCI’s findings for the Victorian water sector. New findings, as they are found in the document, can also be read here.


Front cover of the report

Sources of additional information

Additional VicWaCI resources

Download video transcript (DOCX, 31.9 KB).

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VicWaCI partners

Bureau of Meteorology logo C.S.I.R.O. logo The University of Melbourne logoThe Department of Environment Land Water and Planning logo

Page last updated: 28/04/22