A woman walks her dog over a bridge that crosses a lake with birds in itIntegrated Water Management (IWM) is a collaborative approach to the way we plan for and manage all elements of the water cycle. This includes managing and protecting the health of our waterways and bays, wastewater management, alternative and potable water supply, stormwater management and water treatment. This collaborative process allows organisations to identify and deliver greater value water cycle initiatives to improve the resilience and liveability of Victoria’s cities and towns.

The Integrated Water Management Program was established by the Victorian Government in 2017 to promote collaborative planning and management of water, land and related services to maximise economic, social and ecological benefits to all Victorians. The Government’s water plan, Water for Victoria, details how community values and local opportunities are represented in planning as integrated water management is put into practice (Actions 5.7 and 5.8).

A shared responsibility

Water corporations, catchment management authorities, Traditional Owners and local government all play a key role in delivering water related liveability benefits. An Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria (PDF, 9.8 MB) has been created to help government and our delivery partners work together to deliver good water outcomes for the community. Central to the framework are the Integrated Water Management Forums established across Victoria. These forums facilitate collaborative, whole-of-catchment water planning and management to maintain and enhance the liveability, prosperity and resiliency of Victoria’s cities and towns.

Delivery partners

IWM is an evolving process that seeks to coordinate and balance many views and interests in the water sector around common goals and agreed outcomes.

Our delivery partners include water corporations, catchment management authorities, local government, other government departments and agencies, Traditional Owners, and the community.

Our continued success through collaboration rests on our shared vision to achieve greater environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits through integrated water management and planning.

Page last updated: 08/10/21