We use monitoring and reporting to enable smart decision-making in water management and regional planning, and to track our progress towards Water for Victoria targets.


A range of monitoring programs provide important baseline data on the health of our water including streams and wetlands and enables us to make informed management decisions.

This data can now be accessed through the Water Measurement Information System.


Up-to-date summaries of Victoria’s water resources are easily available between the current water snapshot, the monthly water report and interactive water in your region toolkit. These resources include information about rainfall, streamflows, storages, irrigation allocations, restrictions and water for the environment.

Victorian Water Accounts

Once a year, the Department produces the Victorian Water Accounts which provide an annual overview of water availability and use across Victoria at bulk supply level, including a detailed water account for each of Victoria's 29 river basins and 20 groundwater catchments. Current and past Accounts can be found on the Victorian Water Register website.

There are also now two digital VWA offerings available: the Online Victorian Water Accounts and the VWA Highlights. Both of these sites are updated and released with the pdf report each year.

Online Water Accounts

The Online Water Accounts provides detailed information on surface water and distribution systems in an interactive way. Users can follow water from its source through to where it is used by customers. The 2020–21, 2019–20 and 2018–19 reports are available, along with a summary of groundwater use and availability for 2020–21 and 2019–20. (for optimised viewing experience, please use Chrome browser)


Annual Victorian Water Accounts highlights: an online water resource

The Annual Victorian Water Accounts is a report designed to allow all Victorians to explore how we sustainably manage our water. Covering water resources, availability and use, and environmental water, the community can discover the highlights of the report in the online portal below (for optimised viewing experience, please use Chrome browser).

Graphic visualisation taken from the Annual Victorian Water Accounts highlights resource showing the various water sources including ground, surface, recycled and desalination.

Understanding water quality: a community resource

What is ‘good’ water? How do we monitor the quality of our water resources and why should we care? Victoria’s surface and groundwater systems are complex and to assist with the community’s understanding of water quality, we have created the online portal below (for optimised viewing experience, please use Chrome browser).

Screenshot from the Water Quality visualisation showing a tap with reader options overlayed

Page last updated: 09/05/23