Review and assessment

The Water Act 1989 requires Sustainable Water Strategies to be reviewed at least every 10 years. Reviews provide an opportunity to identify if the timelines and targets of the Strategy have been met and ways to continue achievement of actions.

Water for Victoria identified the opportunity to complete five-yearly assessments of Sustainable Water Strategies.  The five-yearly assessments help identify any key trends and issues to be taken up in any future review.

The review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy started in 2016 and five-year assessments of the Western Region and Gippsland Region sustainable water strategies began in 2017.

Alignment with Long Term Water Resource Assessments

The review and assessments will align with the Long-term water resource assessment process.

  • 2016-2017: review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy and the five-yearly assessments of the Western Region and Gippsland Region sustainable water strategies began.
  • 2018-2019: the review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy and the five-yearly assessments of the Western Region and Gippsland Region sustainable water strategies will be completed. The Long-Term Water Resource Assessment (technical assessment), the review of the Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy and a future sustainable water strategy incorporating the Central Region will begin.
  • 2020-2021: the review of the Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy and the development of a sustainable water strategy incorporating the Central Region will progress.

Stocktake of actions

Three hundred actions were identified across the four sustainable water strategies. Actions are being implemented by DELWP, water corporations, catchment management authorities (CMAs), the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), and partners and stakeholders.

We completed a stocktake of the actions in 2016: out of 300, 239 are now complete.  Of the remaining actions:

Action Status

Sustainable Water Strategies

Central Region

Northern Region

Gippsland Region

West Region

TOTAL

Complete

103

44

47

46

239

Ongoing

2

5

11

11

29

To be implemented through Basin Plan

-

1

-

1

2

To be implemented via Water for Victoria

7

2

10

11

30

TOTAL

112

51

68

69

300

As part of the review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy the stocktake in the Central Region was updated in 2017. The review found that out of the 112 actions, 104 actions were achieved, 5 were partly achieved and 3 are not yet achieved (with implementation either continuing or progressing through another strategy).  A Draft review report is available for public consultation on the review page on the Engage Victoria website.

View stocktake

Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy

Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy

Western Region and Gippsland Region

The review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy is being developed in collaboration with other government departments, independent experts and water-sector stakeholders including Traditional Owner groups and urban, rural and environmental water users. It is being conducted with strategic guidance, advice and oversight of a consultative committee.

A Draft report is now available for public consultation. It explains how water management has progressed since the release of the CRSWS in 2006, looks back to see if the CRSWS’s aims and targets were achieved, supports continuing the achievement of actions, and outlines considerations for a future strategy or strategies.

To see more information about the review process, find out public forums dates and locations in your region, and how and when you can make a submission go to the review page on the Engage Victoria website.

Timing

What’s happening

EARLY 2018

The Minister for Water to appoint a Consultative Committee of regional stakeholders to provide strategic guidance and advice on the preparation of the review (Complete)

EARLY 2018

Collaborative process with key water industry stakeholders (Complete)

MID 2018

Public Consultation on a draft Review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy(Happening now)

LATE 2018

Release the Review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy

Download Central Region Information Sheet (PDF, 6.4 MB) or accessible Word version (DOCX, 1.1 MB)

Five-yearly assessments of the Western Region and Gippsland Region sustainable water strategies

The five-yearly assessments of the Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy (2011) and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy (2011) are progressing. They are being prepared by DELWP in collaboration with key stakeholders.

The status of actions in the stocktake completed in 2016 will be updated. The assessments will highlight issues that have impacted on the implementation of the strategies and investigate whether reprioritisation or refocusing of actions is needed.

Timing

What’s happening

MID to LATE 2018

Release the five-yearly assessments of the Western Region and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy by mid-2018

Download Western Region Information Sheet (PDF, 7.7 MB) or accessible Word version (DOCX, 1.5 MB)

Download Gippsland Region Information Sheet (PDF, 7.4 MB) or accessible Word version (DOCX, 1.1 MB)