Industry guides, publications and submissions
VicWater plays an important role in the Victorian water industry contributing to and influencing the development and implementation of Government policies relating to water and wastewater services within Victoria.
VicWater seeks to represent and support the water Industry’s collective interests and does so by undertaking the following
- Coordinating industry responses in relation to government and regulator policies
- Providing forums for industry discussions on priority issues
- Production of industry guides to contribute to the improved performance of the industry
- Identifying industry best practice to provide consistent and effective approaches to issues affecting the water industry.
Industry Guides, publications & submissions released by VicWater can be found below. If you would like further information on the guides and submissions being prepared by VicWater please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9639 8868.
VicWater Submission – Land use terms10 Apr 2018
In late 2017, DELWP formed a Land Use Terms Advisory Committee. The committee released a discussion paper on land use terms and definitions (available here). A focus area for the Committee is the definition of ‘minor utility installation’. The minor utility installation definition plays a significant role in determining planning permit and native vegetation requirements […]
Puddle Account year ended 30 June 201826 Mar 2018
The 30 June 2018 Puddle model account have been released. VicWater and the Finance Issues Steering Committee is very grateful for the contribution of PwC and VAGO to the preparation of the account. During 2016 the VicWater Finance Issues Steering Committee reviewed its approach to delivering the Puddle Account and decided to proceed with a […]
VICWATER Submission – Ministerial Directions for Public Construction30 Oct 2017
During September, DTF contacted water corporations with Draft Ministerial Directions for Public Construction (further details are available here) The Ministerial Directions set the overarching governance framework for public construction procurement in Victoria. Submission – Ministerial Directions on Public Construction – 27 October 2017
VicWater Submission – Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on the reform of Australia’s water resources23 Oct 2017
During September, the Productivity Commission released a Draft Report in its inquiry into the reform of Australia’s water resources sector (details are here). Submission – Productivity Commission – National Water Reform Inquiry – Draft Report – October 2017 VicWater also prepared a submission in response to the Issues Paper in April 2017. Submission – Productivity […]
VicWater Submission – PFAS NEMP26 Sep 2017
The Victorian EPA is coordinating feedback on the PFAS (per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP). The plan aims to provide governments with a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites (further details are available here). In the submission, VicWater summarises relevant work which is underway as part […]
Puddle Account year ended 30 June 201730 May 2017
The 30 June 2017 Puddle model account have been released. VicWater and the Finance Issues Steering Committee is very grateful for the contribution of PwC and VAGO to the preparation of the account. During 2016 the VicWater Finance Issues Steering Committee reviewed its approach to delivering the Puddle Account and decided to proceed with a […]
VicWater Submission – Plumbing Regulations Review24 Apr 2017
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the VBA are currently reviewing the Plumbing Regulations 2008 prior to their expiry in November 2018. The Regulations provide detailed requirements in relation to plumbing work, plumbing practitioners, and the administration of plumbing work. In the submission, VicWater advocates for Plumbing Regulation changes that support a […]
VicWater Submission – Productivity Commission Inquiry into the reform of Australia’s water resources24 Apr 2017
The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into the reform of Australia’s water resources sector (details are here). The inquiry will focus on progress in jurisdictional adoption of NWI principles, and outcomes to date of the NWI and related water reform efforts. However, it will also consider broader water policy issues and reform opportunities relating […]
Puddle Account Streamlining Workshop Report28 Mar 2017
As a part of the 2017 Puddle Account, PwC has coordinated a one-off transition to streamlined reporting. The transition project includes a review of the 2016 streamlined Whole-of-Government financial report, consideration of areas of focus for water corporations, and a review of disclosures to determine if any can be omitted or reduced based on relevance to the reader, […]
VicWater Submission – ESC Family Violence Code24 Mar 2017
During February 2017, the ESC published a set of proposed amendments to water customer service codes. The codes have been developed in response to recommendations within the 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence (here). The proposed code changes require water businesses to develop and implement family violence policies which, as a minimum, provide for: (1) training […]
VicWater Submission – Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations24 Mar 2017
During March, VicWater made a second submission to the Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations. The submission is in response to the draft Regulations available here. VicWater and water corporations have participated in earlier phases of the review, including a submission in June 2016 and a workshop during July 2015. Submission – Native Vegetation […]
Legal Compliance Manual – update February 20177 Mar 2017
The Victorian Water Industry Legal Compliance Manual contains information on updates to the various laws and policies that affect the Victorian water industry. Legal Compliance Manual Update – February 2017 Legal Compliance and Information Manual – Update – October 2015
VicWater Submission – Port Phillip Bay EMP28 Feb 2017
In late 2016 DELWP released the draft 10 year Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan for 2017-27. The draft Plan was developed by the DEWLP, in partnership with Melbourne Water and the EPA. A copy of the draft plan and a consultation hub are available here. Submission – Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan EMP […]
VicWater Submission – Regulatory Impact Statement – Scheduled Premises Regulations Review15 Dec 2016
During December, VicWater made a follow up submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) regarding the Regulatory Impact Statement for the revised Scheduled Premises Regulations. This submission follows the VicWater industry workshop to develop a substantive submission in December 2015. Submission – Letter to Stephen Gatford […]
VicWater Submission – ESC Water Pricing Approach PREMO Self Assessment28 Nov 2016
During November, VicWater prepared a submission in response to the Essential Services Commission’s (ESC) Consultation paper on assessing and rating PREMO price submissions. VicWater Submission – ESC draft PREMO self assessment guide – Nov 2016 The consultation paper is part of the ESC’ review of the approach to water pricing that follows the revision of […]
VicWater Submission – Inquiry into the sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils1 Sep 2016
During September, VicWater made a submission to the Victorian Legislative Assembly Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee Inquiry into the sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils. Further details regarding the Inquiry are available here. Submission – Inquiry into financial sustainability rural and regional councils – 1 Sep 2016
VicWater Submission – Yarra River Protection11 Aug 2016
In late 2015 the Minister for Planning and the then Minster for Environment, Climate Change and Water appointed the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee (Yarra MAC) to provide advice to Government on the key issues and opportunities for the Yarra River as well as improvements to the governance arrangements for its protection. The MAC […]
VicWater Submission – ESC Review of the Water Pricing Approach1 Aug 2016
On 29 July, VicWater prepared a submission in response to the Essential Services Commission’s (ESC) Water Pricing Approach Position Paper. A copy of the position paper is available here. The Position Paper is part of the ESC’ review of the approach to water pricing that follows the revision of the Water Industry Regulatory Order (WIRO) in October […]
VicWater Submission – Inquiry into fire season preparedness20 Jun 2016
During June, VicWater made a submission to the Victorian Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee Inquiry into fire season preparedness. Further details regarding the Inquiry are available here. Submission – Inquiry into fire season preparedness – 17 Jun 2016
VicWater Submission – Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations2 Jun 2016
During may, VicWater made a submission to the Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations. The submission is in response to a consultation paper available here. The focus of the submission is to ensure the approval processes, compliance activities and investments target the best overall environmental outcome. VicWater and water corporations have participated in earlier phases of the […]
Puddle Account year ended 30 June 20161 Jun 2016
The Draft 30 June 2016 Puddle model account have been released. VicWater and the Finance Issues Steering Committee is very grateful for the contribution of PwC and VAGO to the preparation of the account. Final Puddle Accounts – 30 June 2016 – clean
VicWater Submission – Water for Victoria16 May 2016
During March 2016, The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water published a discussion paper on the Government’s new Water Plan. A copy of the discussion paper is available here. The VicWater submission focuses on advancing the discussion with government regarding the water industry’s role in implementing the plan. VicWater held a workshop on 8 April […]
Submission to the Major Hazard Facilities Advisory Committee – buffers around critical assets25 Mar 2016
During 2015, an Advisory Committee was appointed by the Minister for Planning to provide advice on the way land use buffers around Major Hazard Facilities are determined and implemented. Further details are available here. The Advisory Committee published a discussion paper in December 2015. Although VicWater was not informed of the discussion paper and submission […]
VicWater Submission – Business Waste Education Strategy23 Feb 2016
Sustainability Victoria has released a Draft Victorian Community and Business Waste Education Strategy. The Strategy is an element of the 2015 State-wide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan. Further details are available here. Submission – Letter to Mark Smith – Sustainability Victoria – Waste Education Strategy ~ March 2016 Best Practice Trade Waste Management Final
Asset Valuation Guidance21 Dec 2015
The first completed valuation for all Victorian water entities was undertaken as at 30 June 2011 and the results of the valuation were recognised in financial statements at that reporting date. Initial infrastructure asset valuation reports, provided by the independent valuer, included consumption based depreciation; however the methodology was rejected by the water entities and […]
VicWater Submission – Review of the EPA Scheduled Premises Regulations18 Dec 2015
During November, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) released a discussion paper on the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007. The Regulations are due to expire in mid-2017. A copy of the discussion paper is available here: VicWater held a water industry workshop to […]
VicWater Submission – Our Catchments, Our Future11 Dec 2015
During later 2015, the Catchment Management Authorities and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning consulted VicWater on the draft Our Catchments, Our Communities strategy. Further information is available here. CMAs are responsible for regional consultation and each water corporation should have been contacted by their CMA for input to the draft strategy. VicWater […]
Legal Compliance Manual – update October 20151 Dec 2015
The Victorian Water Industry Legal Compliance Manual contains information on updates to the various laws and policies that affect the Victorian water industry.
VicWater Submission – Inquiry into the EPA5 Nov 2015
During August, the independent Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC), for the Inquiry into the EPA, released a discussion paper which is available at http://getinvolved.epa-inquiry.vic.gov.au/. The discussion paper marked the beginning of the public phase of the Inquiry that will culminate in a report to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, in March 2016 The VicWater submission […]
VicWater Submission – Climate Change Act Review6 Aug 2015
The Victorian Government has commissioned an independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010. A review committee has been appointed, consisting of Martijn Wilder AM, Anna Skarbek and Professor Rosemary Lyster. The report will be delivered to the Government before 31 December 2015. Further details are available here. Submission – Climate Change Act Review – […]
VicWater Submission – Review of the State Environmental Protection Policy14 Jul 2015
During 2015 and 2016, the Victorian Government is conducting a statutory review of the State Environmental Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria). Further details of the review are available here. On 12 June, The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning published a discussion paper and commenced public consultation on the new SEPP. A copy of […]
VicWater Submission – Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria13 Jul 2015
During July, VicWater made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee’s Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria. Further information on the Inquiry is available here. Submission – Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria – Coal Seam Gas… VicWater also provided the Committee with a copy of the submission made to the 2014 Gas […]
VicWater Submission – Review of the Statement of Obligations12 Jul 2015
On 9 June 2015, The Water Minister circulated a draft revised Water Industry Statement of Obligations (SoO) to all water corporations. VicWater established a working group that met on 3 July to develop an industry position on the proposed changes in the draft SoO. Submission to DELWP – Comments on Proposed Changes to Water Industry […]
VicWater Submission – ESC Review of the Water Pricing Approach2 Jul 2015
During June, VicWater prepared a submission in response to the Essential Services Commission’s (ESC) Consultation Paper – Review of water pricing approach. The Review follows the revision of the Water Industry Regulatory Order (WIRO) in October 2014 that now allows the Commission to consider a broad range of pricing approaches to deliver efficient pricing and service outcomes […]
Puddle Account year ended 30 June 201516 May 2015
The 30 June 2015 Puddle model account was finalised in early May. VicWater and the Finance Issues Steering Committee is very grateful for the contribution of PwC and VAGO to the preparation of the account. Puddle Accounts 30 June 2015 11052015 Following the circulation of the Puddle Account, VAGO conducted a follow-up acquittal of the […]
VicWater Submission – Draft Safe Drinking Water Regulations7 Apr 2015
During March, VicWater prepared a submission on the draft Safe Drinking Water Regulations. VicWater reconvened the working group (including representatives from 15 of Victoria’s urban and rural water authorities) which assisted the preparation of the VicWater response to the 2014 discussion paper: The future of Victoria’s Safe Drinking Water Regulations. VicWater acknowledges that the Department of Health […]
VicWater Submission – Draft Code of Practice for Management of Infrastructure in Road Reserves19 Mar 2015
In March 2015, VicWater made a submission to VicRoads on the draft Code of Practice for Management of Infrastructure in Road Reserves. The VicWater submission is based on detailed feedback from six rural, regional and metro water corporations and is currently preparing a submission on behalf of the industry. The Victorian water industry continues to […]
VicWater Submission – AASB Reporting the Financial Effects of Rate Regulation17 Dec 2014
During December, VicWater prepared a submission in response to the Australian Accounting Standards Board discussion paper ‘Reporting the Financial Effects of Rate Regulation’. DOC 14 2838 VicWater Submission – Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) Rate Regulation – 17 Dec 2014
VicWater Submission – Government Skills Austrlia – Review of Training Package28 Nov 2014
In November 2014 VicWater made a short Submission to the Review of the Water Training Package which is being undertaken by Government Skills Australia (GSA). The Submission collated the views of several members of the VicWater Training Advisory Committee. A date for the finalisation of the Review has not yet been advised.
VicWater Submission – Mansfield Domestic Wastewater Management Plan19 Sep 2014
In July 2014, VicWater made a brief submission to Mansfield Shire, acknowledging the release of the draft Domestic Wastewater Management Plan. Later in 2014, VicWater and DEPI will hold a workshop in Melbourne to discuss and hear feedback on the Mansfield Domestic Wastewater Management Plan Risk Analysis Tool. The tool been developed in Mansfield with […]
VicWater Submission – Review of the Safe Drinking Water Regulations4 Jul 2014
In June 2014, VicWater hosted an industry workshop to help prepare a submission to the Review of Safe Drinking water Regulations. The workshop was attended by representatives from 15 water corporations. This submission has four parts: (1) a cover letter and discussion about VicWater’s concerns with the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) process; (2) a brief […]
VicWater Submission – Independent review of economic regulation, governance and efficiency in the Victorian Water Sector25 Jun 2014
VicWater has tendered a response to the Preliminary Advice from the Independent Reviewer of Economic regulation, governance and efficiency in the Victorian water sector. VicWater was assisted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to undertake a gap analysis of the Preliminary Advice, compared to the September 2013 VicWater discussion paper on economic regulation of the water sector. PwC also facilitated […]
VicWater Submission – State Planning Policy Framework Review26 May 2014
In May VicWater commissioned Glossop Town Planning to assist the preparation of a water industry submission on the draft Victorian Planning Policy Framework (PPF). Water corporations are a Referral Authorities under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and will exercise functions under the new PPF to ensure the ongoing provision of critical water supply and […]
VicWater Submission – Proposed Code of Practice for Timber Harvesting Operations 2014 (COPTHO) – April 20144 Apr 2014
DEPI invited comments on the draft 2014 Code which applies to all land in Victoria that is either being used for or is intended to be used for timber harvesting operations.. VicWater made a submission following feedback from our members.
VicWater Submission – Gas Market Task Force – Final Report and Recommendations (Oct 2013) – March 201431 Mar 2014
The Gas Market Taskforce, chaired by former Federal Minister Peter Reith, was established in January 2013 to examine gas supply issues. The full Gas Market Taskforce final report was released for public comment. VicWater made a submission following feedback from our members.
VicWater Submission – AgVet Chemicals Legislation Amendment – March 20143 Mar 2014
The Australian Government is implementing reforms for the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals). In mid-December, they commenced a consultation period on the exposure draft Bill to remove the re-approval and re-registration scheme of agvet chemicals. VicWater made a submission on behalf of our members.
VicWater Submission to the ESC – Assessing the financeability of Victorian water businesses – February 201421 Feb 2014
The ESC are undertaking a review to test whether any changes are required for future price review given that economic, financial and industry conditions have changed since the ESC commenced the price determination role. VicWater made a submission on behalf of our members.
VicWater Submission to the Water Law Review – February 201414 Feb 2014
VicWater engaged law firm Russel Kennedy to assist the VicWater Water Law Review Task Group with their review of the Exposure Draft Water Bill 2014.
Model Health and Safety Management Plan6 Feb 2014
VicWater has made a submission to the Construction Compliance Code Unit (CCCU) of Department of Treasury and Finance. On the advice of the VicWater OH&S Steering Group the submission recommends that contractors not be required to submit Health and Safety Management Plans for projects with contracts valued at less than $5M.
VicWater Submission to VicRoads Streetworks Code of Practice Review5 Feb 2014
VicRoads sought comment from affected stakeholders on the outcome of a review of the allocation of utility space in road reserves as previously set out in the Co-ordination of Streetworks Code of Practice (‘Streetworks Code’). VicWater made a submission on behalf of our members.
VicWater Submission to Plan Melbourne6 Dec 2013
Plan Melbourne is the Victorian Government’s vision for the city to 2050. VicWater made a submission on behalf of our members.
VicWater Submission to the Water Law Review – November 201321 Nov 2013
VicWater engaged law firm Russel Kennedy to provide advice on the exposure draft of the Water Bill 2014.
State Planning Policy Framework Review Advisory Committee14 Oct 2013
The State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) Review Advisory Committee invited a submission from VicWater in relation to the review of the SPPF. The Advisory Committee was appointed to provide advice on the content and structure of a revised SPPF and to align and integrate it with the proposed Metropolitan Planning Strategy, the 8 regional growth […]
VicWater Submission – Melbourne’s Water Future18 Sep 2013
In August 2013, the Victorian Government released a consultation draft of Melbourne’s Water Future – part of the Government’s commitment to reform Victoria’s water cycle management systems and to drive generational change to make better use of all water sources, including rainwater, stormwater and recycled water. VicWater made a submission to the draft consultation strategy […]
Economic Regulation Submission6 Sep 2013
VicWater met with the Minister in September to present the outcomes from workshops conducted across Victoria by VicWater to identify the issues and opportunities to improve economic regulation of the Victorian water industry for the benefit of the customers we serve. The Water Industry supports economic regulation but believes it can be improved by moving to […]
VicWater Submission to the Water Law Review – September 20131 Sep 2013
VicWater engaged law firm Russel Kennedy to provide advice on the exposure draft of the Water Bill 2014.
Victorian Planning and Environment Regulations 201319 Aug 2013
The proposed Planning and Environment Amendment Regulations 2013 (proposed Regulations) make changes to the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 as a result of amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 made by the Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013. The proposed Regulations also make other improvements to the operation of the 2005 Regulations. […]
VicRoads Review of Code of Practice for Operational Responsibility for Public Roads19 Jul 2013
The Road Management Act 2004 includes provision for the making of Codes of Practice to provide practical guidance for road authorities, and works and infrastructure managers, in the performance of their functions and duties under the Act. In July 2013, VicRoads undertook a review of the Code of Practice for Operational Responsibility for Public Roads […]
Department of Health’s review of the public health regulatory framework for alternative water supplies in Victoria23 Apr 2013
VicWater provided a submission to the Department of Health’s review Review of the public health regulatory framework for alternative water supplies in Victoria: Supporting the safe use of sewage, greywater and stormwater, which was released for public comment in February 2013.
VicWater Submission to the Water Law Review Advisory Panel26 Feb 2013
VicWater made a submission on the Water Law Review to the Water Law Advisory Panel. The purpose of the submission was to highlight for the Advisory Panel the key concerns and issues identified by the water businesses in relation to the proposals considered up until January 2013.
VicWater Guidance Note for Determining Dwelling Density when Assessing Planning Permit Applications22 Feb 2013
To assist water corporations to calculate dwelling density in a more consistent way the VicWater Catchment Task Group has developed a VicWater Guidance Note which recommends a consistent approach to the calculation of dwelling density within catchments when using the 1km radial method. The 1km radial method is the preferred method used by most water […]
VicWater response to the VEAC Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks investigation – February 201322 Feb 2013
On 25 October 2012, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith, requested VEAC to conduct an investigation into additional prospecting areas in parks. VicWater’s Catchment Task Group provided comment on the investigation in February 2013.
Response to proposed Amendments to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Regulations 1995 (Cth)21 Dec 2012
In September 2012, the Commonwealth Government released a set of proposed amendments to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Regulations 1995 (Cth). VicWater’s Catchment Task Group provided comment on the proposed amendments in December 2012.
Response to the Victorian Government’s Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Policy22 Nov 2012
In November 2012, VicWater’s Sustainability Task Group submitted a response to the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy.
Response to the Department of Planning and Community Development’s Discussion Paper on Reforming Victoria’s Planning Zones21 Sep 2012
Submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development on 21 September 2012.
Response to Essential Services Comission New Customer Contributions Framework and Approach Paper18 Jun 2012
In May 2012, the Essential Services Commission released a Staff Framework and Approach Paper in relation to New Customer Contributions. You can access the ESC paper from their website http://www.esc.vic.gov.au/Water/New-Customer-Contributions. VicWater provided an Industry response to the paper in June 2012.
Draft Native Vegetation Code of Practice10 Jun 2011
Background In August 2009 a Cultural Heritage and Native Vegetation event was organised by VicWater and government for water corporation staff. As a result of that event, the attendees indicated an interest in forming a working group to develop an industry wide Native Vegetation Code of Practice. The working group was coordinated by VicWater with […]
Response to Essential Services Commission New Customer Contributions Draft Guideline4 Mar 2011
The Essential Services Commission released an Explanatory Paper/Draft Guideline in relation to New Customer Contributions in December 2010. VicWater provided a response to the ESC’s paper on 4 March 2011.
Industry Guides & Submissions Archive
- 2 Jul 2014 - Puddle Account year ended 30 June 2014
- 11 Nov 2013 - Legal Compliance Manual – update November 2013
- 15 May 2013 - Puddle Accounts year ended 30 June 2013
- 1 Oct 2012 - Legal Compliance Manual – update October 2012
- 1 Jun 2012 - Puddle Accounts year ended 30 June 2012
- 1 Sep 2011 - Legal Compliance Manual – update September 2011
- 1 Jan 2011 - Legal Compliance Manual – update January 2011
- 1 Oct 2010 - VicWater Guideline for unexplained high usage and undetected leak enquiries
- 1 Sep 2010 - Legal Compliance Manual – update September 2010
- 1 Aug 2009 - Legal Compliance Manual – update August 2009
- 4 Dec 2008 - VicWater VFF Pipeline Easement Guidelines
- 1 Feb 2008 - VicWater Residential Hardship Guide
- 1 Jun 2007 - Recycled Water Returned to Stream for Environmental Flows