The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working closely with Agriculture Victoria, water corporations and Catchment Management Authorities to coordinate drought preparedness and response across the state.

Current Conditions

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is closely monitoring dry conditions and water availability. Stay up to date with water information through our Water Snapshot.

Drought Employment Program

The Victorian Government is funding a Drought Employment Program, which is being coordinated by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. The Drought Employment Program gives drought-affected workers in the Wellington and East Gippsland shires the opportunity to earn an income off-farm by working with local Catchment Management Authorities.

Accessing emergency water

Victoria has a network of over 300 emergency water supply points (EWSPs) which provide water for stock and domestic purposes during severe dry seasonal conditions, surface water scarcity and bushfires. 

The Victorian Government has committed $1 million to improving access to emergency water supply points so that farmers have better access to water for their stock and domestic needs.

Managing wildlife during drought

During times of drought and dry conditions, wildlife may increasingly move onto your property in search of food and water. This can result in damage to pasture, crops or other property. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are implementing a drought-specific process for issuing Authorities to Control Wildlife (ATCW) to provide relief from short-term damage caused by wildlife.

Page last updated: 07/03/19