Melbourne urban stormwater institutional arrangements review

The 60 ha. catchment boundary convention, which was established by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1927, is currently used to determine responsibility for catchment related stormwater and drainage assets within metropolitan Melbourne. The current arrangements have evolved as a convention and do not assign clear roles, responsibilities and resourcing for stormwater drainage assets and services between councils and Melbourne Water.

Image sources: The Age and Clearwater.

Current priorities

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) are leading the Melbourne Urban Stormwater Institutional Arrangements (MUSIA) review between Melbourne Water and the 38 Melbourne metropolitan councils within the Melbourne Water region.

We are facilitating input from the 38 councils into the development of recommendations, and we will be representing these councils in any negotiations that may be required.

This project factsheet (Word - 527KB) provides further context on the MUSIA review project.


We are working in close partnership with DELWP and Melbourne Water throughout this review, and participate in related committees and working groups to link this work with other initiatives across the water sector.

  • Water and Catchments, Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning
  • Melbourne Water Integrated Planning team
  • Port Phillip and Westernport Flood Management Strategy Implementation Advisory Committee
  • Flood and drainage working group for the Water Adaptation Action Plan development.

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Rosemary Hancock
Manager Social Policy
(03) 9667 5520.