Long-term watering plans are environmental water planning documents. They describe the ecological objectives and targets for priority water-dependent assets (rivers and wetlands) in a given region, and the corresponding environmental watering requirements for these objectives. They are prepared by DELWP in accordance with obligations under the Basin Plan.

There are three long-term watering plans, one for each surface water resource plan area in Victoria: Northern Victoria, Victorian Murray and Wimmera-Mallee.

In Victoria, long-term watering plans are based on site-based environmental water management plans prepared by catchment management authorities together with local communities and stakeholders.

A long-term watering plan is valid for up to five years. In accordance with Basin Plan, it is reviewed and updated when:

  • the relevant water resource plan is accredited, or
  • five years after preparation of the current long-term watering plan.

The Wimmera-Mallee long-term watering plan was updated in September 2020. The Northern Victoria and Victorian Murray long-term watering plans were updated in June 2021.

image showing the boundaries of Victoria’s five water resource plan areas

Page last updated: 22/10/21