Southwest Victorian Irrigation Development Guidelines

What are the Southwest Irrigation Development Guidelines?

The Southwest Victorian Irrigation Development Guidelines help make our agricultural region even more sustainable: economically, productively and environmentally.

What are the guidelines for?

As well as there being a range of values recognised by the wider community for a healthy agricultural industry, environment and culture, there are also a range of legislative and procedural requirements to uphold as part of irrigation development applications.

The process of applying for a new irrigation development or altering an existing development has in the past been complex for the applicant and agencies.

Irrigation districts around the state have seen the benefits of a streamlined set of Irrigation Development Guidelines, and now so can Southwest Victoria.

Are you an AGENCY involved in new or varied irrigation development; Take and Use Licenses and Works Licenses?

The Guidelines provide a process for the informed consideration of applications relating to an irrigation development.
They aim to provide clearer steps to previously complex application and assessment methods, improving efficiencies between referral agencies and for applicant landholders.
The information and requirements for an application, will be dependent upon the complexity and level of potential risk identified for the proposed development.
A proposed development that has impacts on the environment such as groundwater rise, native vegetation removal, or large-scale land-use changes, for example, may be required to provide more comprehensive information and employ suitably qualified experts.
While for redevelopment scenarios where the risks may be much lower, a simpler application process with less information would apply.
The level of risk is assessed early in the investigation phase to assist with determining the level and type of information required to inform the process.


Alternatively, for an effective overview of the process and its requirements, see the series of factsheets available.

For further information phone Glenelg Hopkins CMA on 5571 2526 or email ghcma@ghcma.vic.gov.au

Are you a LANDHOLDER or land manager looking at irrigating your property for the first time or developing your existing irrigation set up?

Now there is easier access to the information you need to know upfront.
The guidelines aim to provide you advice from the beginning so you know what to expect from the process, what you will gain and what is required from you.
You will have access to support and to knowledge on water efficiencies, drainage management and land health.

To start, check out the series of Factsheets below which will provide you with the steps and explanations of preparing a solid irrigation development  and associated application.