The Australian Government’s Water Efficiency Program has made $1.5 billion in funding available for efficiency measures.

The Murray Darling Basin Plan requires that all efficiency measures that recover additional water for the environment be assessed to ensure compliance with the socio-economic criteria (PDF, 295 KB) agreed to by Basin Ministers to protect communities from further socio-economic impacts of water recovery.

The key elements of the socio-economic criteria are:

  • the validity of water savings
  • potential impacts on water prices
  • community and industry engagement
  • the future viability of proponent businesses and irrigation districts
  • the expected socio-economic, environmental and cultural outcomes
  • third-party impacts on irrigation districts, water market and regional communities
  • integrated implementation opportunities
  • improving drought and climate resilience

The opportunity for public comment is a key component of the socio-economic assessment of projects. The Victorian Government must take the views of the public into account when assessing water efficiency projects against the agreed socio-economic criteria.

The Victorian Minister for Water has said that she will only sign-off on projects that meet the agreed criteria and have had community input. This includes the requirement that projects support irrigation district viability, do not impact on the price of water and that Victorian communities have had a chance to have their say.

The GMW Water Efficiency Project delivers on Victoria’s commitment to recover water for the environment through efficiency projects to prevent further water buybacks.

GMW has prepared an assessment of the expected socio-economic outcomes of the GMW Water Efficiency Project and a summary of stakeholder consultation undertaken during project development.

We encourage you to read these papers and welcome your feedback on the expected socio-economic outcomes of the project. We have prepared a set of questions to help us gather relevant information from you. You can also make a written submission, which can be uploaded at the bottom of this page.

Submissions we receive will be shared with GMW and posted publicly on the project page (excluding personal details). Please do not provide personal or identifying information in a submission unless it is necessary to do so.

For more information about Victoria’s socio-economic assessment process visit our website https://www.water.vic.gov.au/mdb/mdbp/commonwealth-water-efficiency-program

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Consultation outcomes released

Thank you to all who provided feedback on this project. The closing the loop report brings together what we heard from the community. The statement of reasons outlines the Victorian Government's determination that the project complies with the socio-economic criteria. The project has been submitted to the Australian Government.
Closing the Loop Report
PDF (736.55 KB)
Closing the Loop Report
MS Word (3.00 MB)
Statement of Reasons
PDF (246.81 KB)
Statement of Reasons
MS Word (67.00 KB)

Collection notice

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The department collects and handles the information you provide in this survey to inform the Victorian Government's socio-economic assessment of the GMW Water Efficiency Project. The survey does not ask you to provide any personally identifying information and you are asked not to include such information in your answers. As this is an anonymous survey you will not be able to view your survey responses once they have been submitted. Your contact email address will not be linked to your survey response.

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