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Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is Australia's largest rural water corporation managing about 70 per cent of Victoria's stored water resources, about 50 per cent of Victoria's underground water supplies and Australia's largest irrigation delivery network.

Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Corporation, trading as Goulburn-Murray Water, is a statutory Corporation established under the provisions of the Victorian Water Act. GMW manages water related services in a region of 68,000 square kilometers, bordered by the Great Dividing Range in the south and the River Murray in the north and stretching from Corryong in the east down river to Nyah. We deliver more than 39.000 services to about 21,000 active customers in northern Victoria.

GMW manages both regulated and unregulated river systems that flow into the Murray and administers groundwater within this area.

It also operates a number of storages and weirs on behalf of the MDBA, operates salinity mitigation works on the Murray downstream of Nyah, and is the Victorian constructing authority for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MBDA).

GMW is the Victorian Resource Manager appointed by the Minister for Water and has been given responsibility for making the seasonal determination for all northern Victorian declared water systems. GMW is a partner in the Victorian Water Register, using it to manage more than $4 billion of water entitlements and trade.

It also manages recreational and boating activities at 14 of our 24 storages. This includes managing 720 houseboat licences and managing or leasing 11 caravan parks, 62 clubs and 100 public recreation areas.

We are Australia’s largest water authority. We have more customers, larger service areas and more responsibilities that the New South Wales based irrigation companies.

We are also delivering the $2 billion GMW Connections Project, funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. This is the most significant upgrade to the region’s irrigation infrastructure in its 100-year history and is the largest irrigation modernisation project in Australia.

The project will automate much of the water delivery network and replace ageing irrigation infrastructure, while reducing the GMID footprint and making water use sustainable by preparing us for future challenges and opportunities. It’s creating hundreds of jobs for local contractors, designers, manufacturers and other water-related staff, and employs almost 20 per cent of our 741 FTE staff.

GMW continues to drive out costs and adjust to new technology.

The following table details GMW's customer segments as at 30 June 2016. 

Customers   Category   Number of customers
 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Irrigation, rural and groundwater Gravity irrigation (channels) 14,165  14,131  14,059
  Pumped irrigation systems 675 676  680
  Regulated surface water diversions 3,661 3,648  3,650
  Unregulated surface water diversions 7,473  7,423  7,342
  Domestic and stock supply 1,189  1,269  1,253
  Groundwater 8,364  8,786 8,812
  Flood Protection - Loch Garry 120  122  115
  Urban Water Corporations 6 6
  Environment Water Holders 2 1 2
Non water users Customers with water share not associated with a water use licence or registration 1,927 1,735 1,916
Commercial operators Agricultural, tourism and recreational leases and licences 773 784 767
  Houseboat licences 717 724 721
  Hydroelectric companies 2 2 2
  Plantation operators 1 1 1
TOTAL: 39,075 39,308 39,326


For more information about GMW, please refer to our most recent Annual Report. 

Our Strategy

The development of GMW’s Strategic Plan started in October 2016 and has incorporated extensive consultation with customers, stakeholders and staff.

The plan defines our goals and the changes we need to make to ensure the future prosperity of GMW, its customers and the region and builds upon the current Strategic Plan.

Our collaboration with customers and stakeholders to develop the 2017 Strategic Plan is complete, with a last step involving our key stakeholder as we progress its implementation.

As a business our focus has now shifted to implementing the projects and initiatives to deliver the goals as outlined in the Strategic Plan and as aligned with Government’s Water for Victoria.

You can find out more about our Strategic Plan at the Our Future page.

Details of Trades

Details of trades that Goulburn-Murray Water has been a party to are available from the Water Register Website.  This is a requirement under section 12.38 of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Statement of Obligations 

Click here to download a copy of the GMW Water Industry Act 1994 - Statement of Obligations

Any party wishing to obtain an information statement can visit the LANDATA website.