How can I access groundwater?
When do I need a licence?
If you want to drill a bore you must have a ‘works licence’ and your bore must be drilled by a licensed driller to ensure it complies with regulations.
Once you have access to groundwater via a bore you can use the groundwater for D&S purposes without a licence. To use groundwater for any other purpose you must have a ‘take and use licence’.
In areas where no new groundwater entitlements are available (ie where allocation is fully capped) your only option is to trade from an existing licence holder (ie purchase their entitlement).
How can I find groundwater?
There are a number of ways you can find out if there might be groundwater on your property:
- Visit our Southern Victoria map page to find out where the
aquiferare and get an indication of the likely salinity and yield in your local area;
- Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website and print out a groundwater resource report for your property;
- Talk to your neighbours and find out if they use groundwater;
- Talk to a local driller or contact us