The framework

We’ve produced the Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria to help us all - government, the community and the water sector - work together to plan, manage and deliver water in Victoria’s towns and cities.

Our goal is to deliver greater community value. The Framework shows how we can do this through consistent and strategic collaboration within the water sector – including water corporations, local governments and catchment management authorities – and through their links with organisations involved in land use planning. The approach in the Framework works with and feeds into existing water and land planning processes.

An Australian first: this is the first time that the systematic application of collaborative integrated water management has been designed and promoted at a state-wide scale in an Australian context and the Victorian Government looks forward to working with the water sector to implement it.

Integrated Water Management

The Victorian water sector is working together to create better outcomes for communities through the implementation of integrated water management (actions 5.7 and 5.8, Water for Victoria).

Integrated water management is a collaborative approach to planning. We bring together organisations that influence all elements of the water cycle including:

  • waterways and bays
  • wastewater management
  • alternative and potable water supply
  • stormwater management
  • water treatment

Integrated Water Management Forums

An unprecedented opportunity to progress water cycle planning and management in Victoria through collaboration.  

The Integrated Water Management Forums have been established across the state to identify, prioritise and oversee the implementation of collaborative water opportunities. The Forums bring together all organisations with an interest in water cycle, recognising that each has an important role to play in the management of our most vital resource.   

Victoria's Integrated Water Management Forums will produce a Strategic Directions Statement that captures the regional context, shared vision and water-related outcomes for each of the 15 Forum areas across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.  

Each Strategic Directions Statement includes a list of integrated water management opportunities collaboratively developed by the Forum to bring local community views, values and priorities into practice through integrated water management.

Metropolitan Melbourne

The Metropolitan Melbourne Integrated Water Management Forum boundaries are aligned with the existing five major waterway catchment boundaries within the Port Phillip and Western Port catchments. 

Each Forum has developed a Strategic Directions Statement:

Stylised map of metropolitan Victoria showing approximate boundaries for Werribee (West), Maribyrnong (North-West), Yarra (North), Dandenong (South) and Western Port (South-East) Forum regions.

Regional Victoria

Regional Integrated Water Management Forums are defined by urban water corporation boundaries. Where possible they acknowledge and build on existing networks and forums.  

There are nine regional Integrated Water Management Forums currently established in Victoria. These include: 

  • Barwon
  • North East
  • East Gippsland
  • Central & South Gippsland
  • Goulburn Broken
  • Coliban
  • Central Highlands
  • Great South Coast
  • Northern Mallee

An approach to establish a Grampians Integrated Water Management Forum is currently being discussed with stakeholders.  

Strategic Directions Statements are available for the following regional Victoria Forum areas:

Status of regional Forums - October 2018

Program Status as at January 2018. Established: Goulburn Valley, Barwon, Coliban. Co-design of IWM forum underway: Wannon, Central Highlands, East Gippsland. IWM Forum discussions progressing: Lower Murray, North East, Central Gippsland. No status shown: Grampians, South Gippsland.

More information

After Water for Victoria was released in 2016, the Victorian Government released a draft Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria for industry feedback.  This feedback has been analysed and used to shape the final Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria.  A summary of the analysis of the feedback is included in the Closing the Loop report.

Page last updated: 01/03/19