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 have produced a Strategic Directions Statement that captures the regional context, shared vision and water-related outcomes for each of the 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.
Supporting IWM in Victoria
Since 2018 the Victorian Government has provided $22.4 million in funding for 106 priority IWM projects across the state that will improve regional water security, enhance waterway and landscape health, and build greater community connections to the environment. View maps of the projects (PDF, 477.6 KB).
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.
The inaugural Dandenong IWM Forum was convened in December 2017. The Forum Area spans a diverse range of landscapes and includes catchments flowing into Port Phillip Bay from Port Melbourne to Point Nepean.
The inaugural Yarra IWM Forum was convened in December 2017. The Forum Area includes Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, and the Yarra River, one of Australia’s most iconic and culturally significant waterways.
Regional Integrated Water Management Forums are generally defined by urban water corporation boundaries. Where possible they acknowledge and build on existing networks and forums. There are nine regional IWM Forums currently established in Victoria. These are the North East, East Gippsland, Gippsland and Goulburn Broken regions in Victoria’s east, as well as the Coliban, Central Highlands, Barwon, Great South Coast, and Wimmera regions in the west. An approach to establish a Swan Hill (Northern Mallee Lower) IWM Forum is currently being discussed with stakeholders.
There are nine regional IWM Forum Strategic Directions Statements available.
The Barwon IWM Forum drives a collaborative and integrated approach to water management that enables sustainable environmental, social, cultural and community prosperity in the fastest growing region in Victoria, outside of urban Melbourne.
The Goulburn Broken IWM Forum was convened in May 2017 and was the first established in the state to work together through sustainable water management to enhance the urban landscapes for our communities.
The East Gippsland IWM Forum was established in 2017 to guide the identification and implementation of IWM projects in the region. The Forum shares and incubates ideas on environmental, water and traditional owner issues.
The Central Highlands region prides itself as a leader in IWM whose stakeholders understand the collective benefits of IWM in terms of economic prosperity, environmental improvements and enhanced liveability through collaboration.
The Gippsland forum region incorporates the services areas of Gippsland Water and South Gippsland Water. The goal is to support growth and resilience while conserving the unique natural landscapes of Gippsland.
Great South Coast
The Great South Coast IWM Forum was formed in June 2018 and quickly gained momentum, expanding on established relationships to set priorities and deliver IWM in the region and contributing to the resilience of the region’s environment, culture and economy.
The Wimmera IWM Forum is aligned with the Wimmera Regional Partnership. This alignment sends a clear message about the regional importance of all aspects of the water cycle and our commitment to collaboration and integration across all aspects of planning in the Wimmera.
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.
- Download the Framework: Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria (PDF, 9.8 MB).
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.
- Download the report: Closing the Loop (PDF, 314.6 KB)
Page last updated: 10/06/22