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 three separate Drought Employment Programs across drought impacted parts of Victoria. Programs are being run in Central and East Gippsland, the Millewa and Goulburn Murray Irrigation District to provide short term off-farm employment and training for farmers, farm workers and individuals affected by drought to expand or obtain transferable employment skills.

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 $1.5 million to improving access to emergency water supply points so that farmers have better access to water for their stock and domestic needs.

Domestic and stock bore licence fee waiver

The Victorian Government is waiving the $235 application fee for new domestic and stock bore construction licences for landholders in eligible areas of Victoria, until 31 July 2020. This initiative will help landholders secure their domestic and stock water supply needs in areas experiencing drought and dry conditions. Apply for a new bore construction licence online via the Victorian Water Register to find out if you’re eligible.

Page last updated: 10/07/20