32.1 Other statutory surface water rights

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Statutory rights to water are those that are not formally issued but exist under Victoria's Water Act 1989 (the Water Act) for domestic and stock purposes by virtue of an individual's private ownership of, or access to, land.

The Water Act allows individuals to take water for domestic and stock purpose from a range of surface water and groundwater sources without a licence. These domestic and stock rights are defined under Section 8 of the Water Act and are not formally issued. For this reason statutory rights are not metered and are not quantifiable.