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

In 2018-19, the Victorian Government invested $4 million to support more than 60 IWM projects (PDF, 245.3 KB) that will improve regional water security, enhance waterway and landscape health, and build greater community connections to the environment. Click to see an accessible list of all 60 IWM projects.

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.

Western Port

Front cover of Western Ports Strategic Directions Statement
The Western Port IWM Forum was the first IWM Forum convened in metropolitan Melbourne in November 2017 and is leading the way towards systematically embedding IWM across the region.

Western Port Strategic Directions Statement, April 2019 (PDF, 3.2 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 2.5 MB).

Dandenong

Dandenong Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

Dandenong Strategic Directions Statement, September 2018 (PDF, 4.9 MB) or Accessible Version (DOCX, 3.0 MB).

Maribyrnong

Maribyrnong Strategic Directions Statement front cover
The inaugural Maribyrnong IWM Forum was convened in November 2017. The Forum Area encompasses some of Victoria’s most significant urban renewal precincts and suburban growth areas.

Maribyrnong Strategic Direction Statement, September 2018 (PDF, 8.5 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 3.1 MB).

Yarra

Yarra Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

Yarra Strategic Directions Statement, September 2018 (PDF, 4.9 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 3.0 MB).

Werribee

Werribee Strategic Directions Statement front cover
The inaugural Werribee IWM Forum was convened in December 2017. The Forum Area includes a major Australian food bowl and several of Victoria’s fastest urbanising greenfield areas.

Werribee Strategic Directions Statement, September 2018 (PDF, 5.1 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 1.1 MB).

A park at Point Cook Drain on the Featherbrook Estate

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 IWM Forums currently established in Victoria. These include the North East, East Gippsland, Central & South Gippsland and Goulburn Broken regions in Victoria’s east, as well as the Coliban, Central Highlands, Barwon, Great South Coast and Northern Mallee regions in the west. An approach to establish a Wimmera IWM Forum is currently being discussed with stakeholders.

There are seven regional IWM Forum Strategic Directions Statements now available. The remaining regional Strategic Directions Statements are forthcoming.

Barwon

Barwon Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

Barwon Strategic Directions Statement, 2018 (PDF, 6.7 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 938.7 KB).

Goulburn Broken

Goulburn Broken Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

Goulburn Broken Strategic Directions Statement, September 2018 (PDF, 3.0 MB) or Accessible Version (DOCX, 1.5 MB).

East Gippsland

East Gippsland Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

East Gippsland Strategic Directions Statement, November 2018 (PDF, 4.3 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 2.0 MB).

Central Highlands

Central Highlands Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

Central Highlights Strategic Directions Statement, November 2018 (PDF, 5.1 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 1.3 MB).

Coliban

Coliban Strategic Directions Statement
Ensuring that our large cities and small regional towns have the resilience needed to be healthy, active and engaged communities is a long term goal of the Coliban IWM Forum.

Coliban Strategic Directions Statement, September 2018 (PDF, 4.2 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 1.4 MB).

Gippsland

Gippsland Strategic Directions Statement front cover
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.

Gippsland Strategic Directions Statement, April 2018 (PDF, 19.7 MB) or Accessible version (DOCX, 1.2 MB).

North East

North East Strategic Direction Statement front cover
The North East IWM Forum is a collaboration to work creatively in partnership across the water cycle to plan and deliver sustainable and holistic outcomes.

North East Strategic Directions Statement, May 2019 (PDF, 22.4 MB) or Accessible Version (DOCX, 1.2 MB).

Neerim South wetland, photograph courtesy Baw Baw Shire Council

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: 19/08/19