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Current focus

We are currently focussing on integrated water management, stormwater management, drainage institututional arrangements, and on-site domestic waste water.


  • The MAV support the review of the institutional arrangements between Melbourne Water and councils in respect of stormwater flood risk management in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Melbourne Water. We held an introductory forum for senior council staff on 31 May 2017. A Summary report (PDF - 2.93MB) of that forum is available.
  • A Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy is being developed. We are participating in the reference group and are also convening a Local Government Drainage Arrangements Working Group.
  • The State Environmental Protection Policy – Waters of Victoria (SEPP) are being reviewed. We are participating in the stakeholder reference committee.  Further information will be provided to councils as this review unfolds.

MAV submissions to Government on water management

Recent MAV submissions on water management include:

Guidance documents

​Title Year​ Authors​
Adoption guidelines for stormwater biofiltration systems (PDF - 11.80MB) ​2015 ​Dr Belinda Hatt, Associate, Professor David McCarthy, Dr Emily Payne, Gayani Chanrasena, Dr Meredith Dobbie.
Clause 56.07 Integrated water management planning provisions (PDF - 616.36KB) ​2006 ​Department of Sustainability and Environment
​Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria, Australia (PDF - 16.85MB) ​2014 ​State of Victoria through the Department of Environment and Primary Industries 2014
Guidelines for stormwater harvesting on Melbourne Water drainage assets (PDF - 1.67MB) ​2015 ​Melbourne Water
How to grow an urban forest (PDF - 19.83MB) ​2015 ​202020 Vision: Ian Shears, Yvonne Lynch, Jenny Rayment, David Callow, Tania MacLeod, Kelly Hertzog and Skye Haldane at the City of Melbourne; Brigid Adams and Chris Porter at the Victorian State Government
Ranking projects for water-sensitive cities: a practical guide (PDF - 1.01MB) ​2015 ​CRC for Water Sensitive Cities - David J. Pannell
Strategies for preparing robust business cases (PDF - 392.23KB) ​2014 ​CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Key water legislation and policy

Related links

Contact us

For more information, contact:

Rosemary Hancock
Manager, Water & Public Health
03 9667 5520


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