The Water (Resource Management) Regulations 2007 (current Regulations) are made under the Water Act 1989 (the Act). These Regulations will be revoked on 30 November 2017 after ten years and five months of operation.

The proposed Regulations will replace the current Regulations and are essentially the same with one exception. There will no longer be a requirement for a land owner to give a notice of an intention to construct or alter a small private dam not on a waterway (regulation 31 in Part 5 of the current Regulations).  

Other matters set out in the proposed Regulations will not change, for example the level of the fee units will remain the same.

View the draft proposed Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) below.

Proposed Regulations 2017

Current regulations: Water (Resource Management) Regulations 2007

Proposed Water (Resource Management) Regulations 2017 (PDF, 71.9 KB)

The proposed Regulations will prescribe:

  • fees for applications to the Minister relating to water shares, water allocations and related dealings
  • fees for lodging documents with the Registrar of the Victorian water register or making recordings in the water register
  • fees for applications to amend or search the water register
  • persons who may search the water register and the information or records recorded in the water register they may search for
  • the purpose for which an application for a licence under section 51(1) of the Water Act to take and use water in a declared water system may be made
  • certain persons and classes of person to be occupiers for the purposes of water-use registration

Regulatory Impact Statement

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared for the proposed Regulations. The RIS explains more on what the Regulations do and their impact on the public. It discusses possible alternatives to the proposed cost recovery arrangements and concludes that the fees will fairly recover the costs of processing applications and the operating costs of the water register and that the fees do not need to be increased.

The Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation (OCBR) has reviewed the RIS and provided a letter stating that the RIS meets the adequacy requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.

Make a submission

Your submission on the proposed Regulations or the Regulatory Impact Statement must be in writing. Submissions will be treated as public documents.

Important dates:

  • submissions open 11 September 2017
  • submissions close 9 October 2017

Submit via email:

Submit by post:

Proposed Water (Resource Management) Regulations 2017

Policy, Governance and Legislation Division

Water and Catchments Group

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

PO Box 500


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