Building resilience to climate change

Securing Victoria’s water supply into the future requires us to plan for and respond to a changing climate.

The Victorian Government is enhancing Victoria’s water security. We are expanding and modernising the state’s water grid. As well as investing in initiatives that:

  • better prepare us for water scarcity and drought
  • ensure water management keeps up with the best climate science
  • optimises use of all available water sources

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Average annual streamflow reductions of around 50% could occur in some catchments by 2065.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 3 projects and reforms under this Water priority. These are detailed in the Water sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

New water smart housing

A unique development is taking shape in the south east of Melbourne. New homes will include a range of water saving features.

This residential development is showcasing the possibilities of harnessing all water sources — drinking, recycled and rainwater. Homes will include three types of purpose-made plumbing. To lower household reliance on drinking water.

Houses on the estate will:

  • Feature high-tech rain to hot water systems for bathing and showering. These includes screening, filtering, treatment and temperature sensing devices.
  • Connect to a pressure sewerage system that pumps wastewater to a water recycling plant within the estate. This will treat water to Class A standard and return it to homes for garden, toilet or washing machine use.
  • Include rainwater tanks with technology that receives weather forecasts. Technology that releases water before heavy rainfall. To minimise overflows or flooding in local waterways.
  • Connect to a device that controls water technology in each home. These will remotely monitor pressure and sewer. As well as recording home water and energy use.

This project shows how planning and innovation can make urban environments resilient to climate change. By harnessing all available water sources.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 2 other priorities within the Water sector. They are:

Extending and using our water grid better

Improving the health of waterways and catchments