Under the Water Act 1989,
the Government uses a water entitlement framework to balance the demands for
water for consumption, the environment and other non-consumptive uses.
The water entitlement framework is administered at three levels:
- the State Government retains overall right to the use, flow and control of all surface water and groundwater on behalf of all Victorians
- the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water is responsible for granting entitlements to water (including environmental entitlements) and setting limits and caps
- individual rights to water.