Information gathered through monitoring enables us to make informed water resource management decisions by providing answers to the following questions:

  • How much water is there?
  • Where is the water?
  • What is the quality of the water?
  • How much water is being used?
  • What is the water being used for?

Surface water data is collected from around 900 monitoring sites across the state under Victoria's Regional Water Monitoring Partnerships' program.

The partnership approach allows data to be collected to a well-defined standard once, but used for multiple business needs, such as allocation management, compliance monitoring, flood warning, water resource assessment and river health management.

It provides a coordinated and efficient approach to the statewide collection of the information required for delivering a continuous program of water resource assessment for Victoria, as required under the Victorian Water Act 1989.

Around 52 organisations invest in the program and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action acts as both a partner and overarching program manager.

The data can be accessed through the Water Measurement Information System.

Page last updated: 22/03/23