Melbourne Water Integration
In February 2021, the Victorian Government announced that the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority will be integrated into Melbourne Water from 1 January 2022.
PPWCMA’s responsibilities will be moved into Melbourne Water, which means that the catchment management and waterway management roles for the Port Phillip and Western Port region will be brought together under one organisation, bringing the region in line with the rest of Victoria. PPWCMA staff will also transition into Melbourne Water.
The relationships that the PPWCMA has built with partner organisations, Traditional Owners and community groups will be preserved, and the expertise, connections and projects that the people of the PPWCMA are known for will become an integral part of Melbourne Water.
The integration will address the challenges faced by PPWCMA as a small organisation and increase the overall capability and capacity to support organisations and communities in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.
While the integration planning and transition is occurring throughout 2021, it will be business as usual at both organisations.
We will provide updates to through PPWCMA staff, this website and our other communication channels as they become available.
Melbourne Water and PPWCMA is working with the Victorian Government (through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) to prepare for the integration by 1 January 2022.
The integration will occur in three stages – planning, transition and implementation. We are currently in the planning stage.
As part of the planning stage, a series of detailed discussions are happening with PPWCMA and Melbourne Water representatives to explore the potential pathways for each of PPWCMA’s major programs and projects.
A detailed integration plan covering all aspects of the integration will be developed throughout the planning stage.
Why is the integration happening?
The Victorian Government explored future needs and opportunities for the delivery of catchment management in the Port Phillip and Western Port region and determined that the integration of Melbourne Water and Port Phillip & Westernport CMA would enhance service delivery and increase access and capacity.
How are the two organisations related?
Melbourne Water and PPWCMA are both committed to the preservation and enhancement of the iconic waterways and unique biodiversity that make Melbourne and its surrounds such a great place to live.
Port Phillip & Westernport CMA supports organisations and communities in the Port Phillip and Western Port region to enhance the health and resilience of its land, water and biodiversity through collaboration, community education and awareness and project delivery.
Melbourne Water manages and protects the region’s major water resources, including water storage reservoirs, drinking water, and waterways.
The PPWCMA is one of 10 regional Catchment Management Authorities in the State of Victoria. Unlike all other CMAs across Victoria, PPWCMA does not perform waterways management functions for its region. Instead, for the Port Phillip and Western Port region, these functions are performed by Melbourne Water.
As Victorian Government statutory authorities with obligations outlined in the Catchment and Land Protection Act, Melbourne Water and PPWCMA already share strong alignment in their roles and responsibilities.
What are the benefits of the integration?
The catchment management and waterway management roles for the Port Phillip and Western Port region will now be together under one organisation, bringing the region in line with the rest of Victoria.
The integration will create a single, integrated entity with a shared vision for catchment and waterways management the Port Phillip and Western Port region.
It will also address the challenges faced by PPWCMA as a small organisation and increase the overall capability and capacity to support organisations and communities in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.
The change will better position Victoria to respond to the long-term challenges of catchment and waterway management.
Will PPWCMA staff be integrated into Melbourne Water?
PPWCMA’s responsibilities and community projects will be moved into Melbourne Water, as will all PPWCMA staff.
We have a strong working relationship with PPWCMA, will that continue after the integration?
Melbourne Water values the relationships PPWCMA has built with partner organisations, Traditional Owners and community groups, and these will be preserved and become an integral part of Melbourne Water.
The integration will provide even greater opportunities for community groups, by broadening the range of funding opportunities, such as Melbourne Water’s new incentives program structure, Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways.
The integration will also streamline community consultation and engagement opportunities, saving the community member’s time by allowing them to speak to and hear from a single organisation.
Both Melbourne Water and PPWCMA will ensure these critical connections are maintained through the integration process – providing groups with ample opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.
Has Melbourne Water already taken over some of PPWCMA’s work?
No. While the integration is occurring through the rest of 2021, we aim to continue business as usual at both organisations.
Who do I speak to if I have specific questions, or I need to arrange a meeting?
We understand that you may have questions regarding the future of specific programs, funding and staff roles. This is a priority for us to work through. If you have a specific question, please contact your project coordinator at PPWCMA or Melbourne Water.