33.1 Other statutory groundwater rights

Supporting Information

A volume was not presented for other statutory groundwater rights as the information was not available in time for this report.

Other statutory groundwater rights represent stock and domestic extraction from unincorporated areas outside of groundwater management units. Unincorporated areas have not been evaluated from a groundwater resource perspective and bores in these are not metered.

Statutory rights to water are those that are not formally issued but exist under the Victorian Water Act 1989 (The Act) for domestic and stock purposes by virtue of an individual's private ownership of, or access to, land. The Act allows individuals to take water for domestic and stock purposes from a range of surface water and groundwater sources without a licence. These domestic and stock rights are defined under Section 8 of the Act and are not formally issued.

There were 9,394 stock and domestic bores in unincorporated areas in the southern half of Victoria during the 2010–11 year, each with a 2 ML entitlement. The Melbourne region contains only a small number of these bores and the volume of extraction is not thought to be significant.

Stock and domestic entitlements within groundwater management units are included under 33.3 Groundwater access entitlement for allocation extraction.