In 2020, the Victorian Government committed to a fifth tranche of the environmental contribution (EC5). The fifth tranche, which commenced on 1 July 2020, is expected to raise $693.9 million over four years. The funds will support the continued delivery of the Government’s long term water plan, Water for Victoria.
This investment in EC5 initiatives will ensure that Victoria has a resilient water management framework that will continue to provide water to meet the needs and values of all Victorians through a changing climate, safeguarding the liveability of our cities and towns and supporting economic and social prosperity.
As of the end of June 2022, $309.7 million has been spent, leaving $383.5 million remaining for the next two years of the tranche. The annual expenditure and progress updates for funded initiatives will continue to be reported until their completion.
EC5 funded initiatives 2021–22 progress
Enhancing urban water security, iconic urban waterways and recreational values of water
Strong foundations for Victoria's water: compliance, markets, water entitlements and oversight of the Water Grid
Sustaining a resilient and secure Water Register for Victoria
The evidence base for Victorian water: availability and knowledge
Water-wise rural communities: rural infrastructure and sustainable irrigation streams
Improving recognition and participation of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians in water planning, management, water access and ownership
Building a sustainable water sector: water security, resilience and oversight of strategic investments
Building flood resilience in Victoria
Bendigo groundwater management
Improving the health of Victoria's waterways and catchments in the face of escalating impacts of climate change
Macalister Irrigation District (MID) modernisation project — Phase 2
Further information and case studies on funding outcomes are also available in the Delivering Water for Victoria Progress Report.
An evaluation of EC5 program implementation and delivery is currently underway. Results of the evaluation will be available on this website when finalised.
Page last updated: 21/11/22