The Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy (the Strategy) has been developed to help landholders make choices about how they manage water logging on agricultural land, to improve agricultural productivity in dryland areas while managing the environmental and cultural impacts of drainage.

The aims of the Strategy are to:

  • Clarify the roles, responsibilities and obligations for landholders and government agencies to manage dryland rural drainage
  • Rebuild the capability of landholders and government agencies to manage dryland rural drainage to support agricultural productivity
  • Simplify previously complex and confusing regulations and approval processes, and in doing so clarify obligations on landholders to protect and enhance their local environment and to respect the cultural values of Aboriginal Victorians when conducting future drainage works
  • Manage priority waterways affected by rural drainage to provide cultural and environmental benefits.