In a time of more extreme weather events and extended periods of water scarcity, regular and comprehensive public water reporting has never been more important.

This report is the 16th in the annual series and summarises Victoria’s water availability, distribution and use for the 2018-19 year. In a time of more extreme weather events and extended periods of water scarcity, regular and comprehensive public water reporting has never been more important. Victoria continues to lead the way in such reporting.

Conditions in 2018–19 were even drier than in the previous year, with below-average rainfall across most of Victoria throughout the year. The decreased rainfall and hot conditions meant that there was less surface water available in 2018–19, compared to previous years.

Consequently, there was an increase in the number of Victorian towns on water restrictions and an increase in restrictions on the volume that licensed landholders were allowed to divert from streams. 

These accounts show the total volume of surface water, groundwater and recycled water available in 2018–19 was 12,073 GL, compared to 15,375 GL in the previous year. Of the water available, 3,976 GL was taken for consumptive purposes, compared to 4,087 GL taken in 2017–18.

The way we provide this information to Victorians is changing. For the first year – the VWA team will now have two digital reporting offerings. The 'Highlights' explain Victorian’s Water Entitlement and Management Frameworks and shows how water trends are changing over time. 

Our soon-to-be-released VWA Online will move the VWA into the digital space – it will provide detailed information at a catchment scale about the availability and use of water in Victoria each year. We have enhanced and updated the Highlights released last year with 2018–19 data. This digital resource complements the written and online report, providing a contemporary way to engage with water data and learn more about how water resources are managed in Victoria.

A soon-to-be-released new online platform will cover the surface water and distribution systems chapters of the Victorian Water Accounts. People will be able to use the website to find out where water is sourced through to where it is used by customers. 

These combined products will provide a new way to engage with water data and learn more about how water is managed. 

You can explore these resources and more via water.vic.gov.au.