DEECA is excited to announce the release of the new Victorian Water Accounts (VWA) website, with the 2021-22 accounts.

The user-friendly website allows the water sector and all water users to understand how much water is available in Victoria’s 29 river basins and 20 groundwater catchments using interactive graphs, maps, tables, and descriptions.

The VWA report is a trusted and reliable source of public data that provides accountability and transparency on water use and management in Victoria.

The VWA helps water policy and decision-makers make informed decisions about surface water, groundwater and water supply system information at local and state-wide scales.

It’s also a helpful tool for households, irrigators, and large industrial users to learn how Victoria sustainably manages water.

For the first time in 2021–22, the VWA also reports on the volume of water entitlements held by Traditional Owner organisations. This volume as at 30 June 2022 was around 6.8 GL.

The 2021–22 water year saw some record numbers, such as total streamflow volumes reaching 146% of the long-term average, which is the highest amount in ten years, and for the first time since the introduction of the current entitlement products in 2007, the Murray system received a 100% allocation to low-reliability entitlements.

Over half of the water used in 2021–22 went to irrigation – 55%, while 23% supported the environment, 18% went towards town households, gardens, businesses and sporting grounds, 3% was for rural domestic and stock uses and 1% was used for power generation.

All future editions of the Accounts will be released through this exciting new portal. Accounts for earlier years going back to 2003 remain available as PDFs on the new VWA website. For more reporting resources, please visit Water monitoring and reporting.

Contact the water reporting team if you have any queries or suggestions for the new digital product.