Metering and measurement

Progress on actions to March 2020.

Actions 3.1 to 3.6: Publish a metering policy that addresses meter accuracy (action 3.2), meter coverage (action 3.3), transmission of data (action 3.4), metering and telemetering of high risk take (action 3.5), and timeline for the installation of new metres and telemetry (action 3.6)

Completed

Victoria’s Non-urban Water Metering Policy (PDF, 813.5 KB) was revised in March 2020. This Policy replaces Victoria’s non-urban metering policy (2014) and state-wide implementation plan (2010). This Policy maintains Victoria’s leading approach to metering and guides water corporations with non-urban customers to install and maintain meters that provide accurate data that can be used as evidence in enforcement actions.

This Policy is consistent with the requirements of the Compact except for where costs have been determined to outweigh benefits – for example, meters will not be required for sites where water take is for domestic and stock use under section 8 of the Water Act 1989 (Vic).  

Visit Victoria’s non-urban water metering page for more details.

This Policy was revised following a review of Victoria’s existing policies which commenced in October 2018. The review involved several stages to understand the implications of the requirements of the Compact:  

  • a stock-take of the current metering assets in Victoria;
  • a gap analysis of the existing metering policy and the Compact requirements;
  • a regulatory impact assessment of complying with the Compact requirements; and
  • recommendations on changes to the existing metering policy and exemptions from the Compact requirements where the costs to implement outweigh the benefits. 

The review was completed in June 2019, and a draft of the Policy was released for consultation with water corporations, Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Victorian Farmers Federation and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in September 2019.

VIC 3.1: Publish guidelines to support the development of Implementation Plans for metering by rural water corporations and publish Implementation Plans in accordance with the guidelines

Substantially complete

DELWP has prepared a set of guidelines for water corporations to update their metering action plans. The guidelines set out the key elements water corporations should have in their metering action plans, including:

  • Business context relevant for metering requirements, future metering upgrades and their timing
  • Processes to ensure accurate meters
  • Meter data management
  • Meter fleet profile
  • Meter investment plan and finances.

The guidelines will not be published until the revised non-urban water metering policy is approved and published.

Water corporations are expected to revise their metering action plans by 30 September 2019. In drafting the metering action plans, DELWP also engaged a contractor, SMEC, to work with water corporations to update their metering action plans in accordance with the draft revised metering policy and draft metering action plan.

Action 3.7: Report annually on progress with above implementation plan

Action 3.8: Set a timetable for delivering a comprehensive range of pattern approved meters

Led by the MDBA.

MDBA provides updated lists of Pattern Approved ‘Non-Urban’ Water Meters on its website.

Action 3.9: NSW and Queensland will publish their respective programs for improved measurement of floodplain harvesting and overland flow harvesting

For NSW and Queensland only

Action 3.10: Publish a review of its water information requirements for compliance and enforcement and a water information improvement program for addressing priority issues

Completed

Victoria completed a review of its hydrometric network of surface water gauges, groundwater bores and climate (rainfall and evaporation) stations. The report (PDF, 1.7 MB) of the completed review identifies a program of continuous improvement in surface water and groundwater monitoring.

Additional documents:

Appendix B (surface water) (Excel, 239.4 KB)

Appendix C (groundwater) (Excel, 238.8 KB)

Action 3.11: Report annually on their progress against the above water information improvement program

Action 3.12: Conduct and publish a review every 5 years of their water information system

To commence as per state programs

VIC 3.2: Victoria estimates water use, in the event of meter failure, as provided for in section 142(2) of the Victorian Water Act and section 3.7 of the Customer Service Code for Rural Water Corporations

Completed

VIC 3.3: Victoria accounts for water use from small catchment dams and domestic and stock bores, uses best endeavours to improve these accounting methods over time, and periodically reviews the long-term risks to Victoria’s water resources through mechanisms such as long-term water resource assessments and sustainable water strategies

Completed

The Victorian Water Accounts are publicly available.

VIC 3.4: Victoria operates its flow monitoring network in line with best practice, including minimisation of data loss

Completed

VIC 3.5: Victoria will undertake an audit of its monitoring network control structure condition and prepare a prioritised work program

VIC 3.6: Victoria will document water resource assessment tools and models to meet Basin Plan compliance obligations, and will submit the relevant documentation to the Commonwealth as part of the existing water resource plan accreditation process

Completed

As required under Chapter 10, Part 4 of the Basin Plan, Victoria’s water resource assessment tools and models to meet Basin Plan compliance obligations have been incorporated into its water resource plans.

In the Wimmera-Mallee Water Resource Plan, a summary of the methods used to determine sustainable diversion limits and take is in Part 8 (PDF, 507.6 KB), supported by further information in Appendix C (PDF, 908.7 KB).

In Victoria’s North and Murray Water Resource Plan, a summary of the methods used to determine sustainable diversion limits and take is in Chapter 9 (PDF, 442.8 KB), supported by further information in Appendix C (PDF, 991.0 KB).

VIC 3.7: Victoria works closely with other members of the National Hydrology and Modelling Partnership to implement eWater Source

Completed

Read more about the Hydrological Modelling Using eWater Source.

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