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Fair access to water
Everyone in Victoria has the right to access a share of water for personal or business use. It is also important that individual users do not adversely impact other users or Victoria’s environmental values. That is why individuals should make sure they have the right authorisations before they take water from a dam, bore, stream, river, creek or irrigation channel.
The volume of water authorised to be taken in Victoria by an individual is specified in a water entitlement or allowed for under a statutory right. The Victorian water entitlement framework is designed to ensure that individual entitlements to water are explicit, enforceable and, in appropriate circumstances, tradable.
Read more about Victoria’s Water Entitlement Framework and the Water Act 1989.
Individuals have rights to take water for domestic and stock purposes in certain circumstances. Read more about domestic and stock water use.
Traditional Owner groups with a formal natural resource agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 have rights to take water in certain circumstances.
Page last updated: 08/09/23