The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) brings together Victoria’s planning, local government, environment, energy, suburban development, forests, emergency management, climate change and water functions into a single department to strengthen connections between the environment, community, industry and economy. Our challenge is to maintain Victoria’s liveability with a population that is expected to almost double by 2050, while responding to climate change and protecting our natural environment, infrastructure and heritage for future generations.
Within DELWP the Water and Catchments group manages Victoria’s groundwater, catchments and waterways, infrastructure, water saving and re-use projects, flood management, governance and water legislation, in partnership with a network of government agencies and water authorities.
Victoria has learned from the Millennium Drought and is working to ensure we are better prepared for dry conditions in the future. We will continue to face drying conditions and increased demand for water services particularly within our growing cities. Our long term plan for managing Victoria’s precious water resources supports a healthy environment, a prosperous economy with growing agricultural production, and thriving communities.