The Victorian Water Register Transform project publishes a montly newsletter. You'll find the most recent edition here and an archive of previous newsletters at the bottom of the page.

Dear Colleague

Welcome to the October Newsletter. I hope you are all travelling well and looking forward to the gradual lifting of restrictions across the state – I know I am! 

Before I hand over to Brett for the project update, I want to let you know that I’ve taken up the role of Executive Director Water Resources Strategy Division here in DELWP. While I will not be as closely involved in this important piece of work as I have been, I will still have oversight in my new role

I will be handing over my role of Project Sponsor to the new Director Water Resources Reform and Insights, whom we will recruit a permanent replacement over the coming months.  In the meantime, I feel fortunate to be leaving you in the safe hands of two fabulous women who have kindly agreed to act in the role. 

Rozi Juniper, currently Principal Advisor in the Office of the DELWP Secretary, will step into the role from 27 September until 15 October.

The baton is then passed onto Jane Carter, from the DELWP Partnerships and Sector Performance Division, another part of the Water and Catchments Group, who will be acting in the role from 18 October to end of January 2022. 

They will do a great job and I’m sure, introduce themselves as they take up the position.

In the meantime, I want to thank you all for your participation in the project to date. It’s great to see us all working together to deliver an exciting new Victorian Water Register – something I know will only continue to strengthen our relationships and improve the quality and customer focus of our work.

I look forward to hearing the news as the Victorian Water Register Transform Project develops. 

Warm regards and again, many thanks

Alieta Donald

Executive Director - Water Resources Strategy

What's been happening?

Australian riverbank - blue skies, gum trees and reflections in the water

Thanks Alieta.
We’re delighted for your promotion but sad that you’re leaving your hands on project role.

We are also sad to be saying good bye to Monique Van Wierst, our Change Lead, after having been with the project for over 12 months.

Monique has made a significant and valuable contribution to foundational work within the project and in particular as lead in the area of change management. Major contributions include the Change Management Strategy and the Stakeholder Management Framework. Monique has also lead establishment of key stakeholder communication channels and working reference groups. Equally as important as bringing her professional skills and expertise Monique has been active in building and nurturing a positive and encouraging culture to the project team and the broader stakeholder community.
Thanks Monique, you’ve done a great job, you’ll be missed and good luck with you future adventures.  Catch her words of farewell below.

Well after those two announcements it feels almost mundane to move on to the activity update, nevertheless ...

September has been a quieter month for stakeholder engagements but that doesn’t mean that we’ve been resting! 

We held a series of procurement briefings with potential vendors as part of the procurement process and work continued on:

  • strengthening the governance of the project through PCB re-alignment and project assurance
  • the process mapping of allocation services and began mapping processes aligned with trading rules functions
  • the development of our Project Stakeholder Management Plan
  • developing the how we will map and measure project benefits.

What's next?

The deadline for Requests for Tender responses falls in mid-October so we expect to begin the formal review process soon after.

Alongside that we:

  • hope to recruit and appoint a new Product Owner
  • re-align the work of the Project Control Board
  • continue the business process mapping work
  • continue the development of a Support Model for the Victorian Water Register
  • hold consultation sessions with our partners to finalise the Project Stakeholder Management Plan.

And that’s it for another month! 

Until next time – but of course if you have any queries or thoughts in the meantime please get in touch.

Brett Miller
Senior Manager, Water Information Systems

We're refreshing the Victorian Water Register


We will host the refreshed Victorian Water Register in a cloud-based environment...

and finally ....

Thanks Brett. I'm sad that my role has caught up in the VPS push to convert contract roles into fixed term one - But, I also know that Rebecca Moore, who's taking over from Monday the 11th, brings fabulous skills and will provide great continuity for the project and for our stakeholders. 

Work is often just that - but the culture of the team, and community, you work in can make or break a role.  In this case it's been a true privilege to share the last year or so with you. Thank you. 

I've enjoyed working with you all tremendously - and will very much miss being part of the project and the VWR community.


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