System Management Instruments

There are three main instruments of appointment for managing systems in Victoria specified under the Water Act 1989: resource manager, storage manager, and seasonal determination appointments.

Resource manager

The Minister for Water has appointed resource managers under section 43A(1)(b) of the Water Act 1989. The obligations conferred on resource managers by these instruments differ to allow for the flexibility required in managing diverse and unique entitlements. Typically, the key role of a resource manager is to manage the compliance of bulk entitlement holders with their entitlements.

Storage manager

The Minister for Water has appointed storage managers under section 122ZK of the Water Act 1989. The obligations conferred on storage managers by these instruments differ between water supply systems to allow for the flexibility required in managing different water storages. The functions and responsibilities of Melbourne Water Corporation are outlined in Section 171B of the Water Act 1989 so there is no storage manager appointment for the Melbourne Headworks System.

Seasonal determinations

The Water Act 1989 allows the Minister for Water to appoint an authority to be responsible for making seasonal determinations in respect of declared water systems under section 64GA. The appointed water corporation is required to determine and publicly announce the water that is available in that system for each entitlement type.

Seasonal determinations instruments of appointment

Goulburn-Murray Water’s appointment includes the Broken, Bullarook, Goulburn, Loddon, Campaspe, Murray and Ovens declared water systems.

pdfAppointment GMW Seasonal determinations(PDF - 116 Kb)

Southern Rural Water’s appointment includes the Thomson/Macalister and Werribee declared water systems.

pdfAppointment SRW Seasonal determinations(PDF - 120 Kb)