About Report Card

EPA produces an annual Report Card, which gives a 12-month summary of the water quality for:

  • Port Phillip Bay
  • Western Port
  • Gippsland Lakes and their catchments.

EPA and Melbourne Water are responsible for some of the water quality monitoring for Report Cards. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is also responsible for monitoring water quality.

Read about about recent Report Cards below. Contact us for Report Cards before 2018.

Read Report Cards to find out about water quality

  • Report Card 2019-2020

    Water quality in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, Gippsland Lakes and waterways in their catchments was similar to previous years. The East Gippsland catchment was an exception, where water quality declined from Very Good to Good.

    On average, water quality was Very Good or Good for rivers in elevated areas where most rivers begin. Water quality declined to Poor or Very Poor as rivers moved through rural, agricultural and urban areas.

    In the bays and Gippsland Lakes, where waters mix with open ocean, water quality was on average Very Good or Good. Where rivers transport pollution from urban and industrial areas, water quality was usually worse near entrances to bays and lakes.

    In East Gippsland, there was a decline in water quality at some sites along the upper Tambo and Mitchell Rivers. This was due to long-term lower rainfall.

    Sites in bushfire-affected areas in the Gippsland Lakes catchment maintained Very Good water quality. Monitoring results showed that bushfires temporarily impacted water quality at some East Gippsland sites.

    Report Card 2019-2020 (publication 1923) has more information.

  • Report Card 2018-2019

    Water quality in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, Gippsland Lakes and waterways in their catchments was similar to previous years. Or in some cases, slightly better.

    Water quality was generally Good in rivers and streams in forested areas of upper catchments. It declined as waterways moved through rural, agricultural and urban areas.

    In the bays and lakes, water quality was on average Good in areas that mix with the open ocean. It was worse where rivers transport pollutants from urban and industrial areas.

    Report Card 2018-2019 (publication 1857) has more information.

How Victoria has worked to improve water quality

During 2018–19, the Victorian Government, community and other groups worked to improve water quality in Victoria’s waterways and bays. They did this through developing and applying effective policies and projects, including:

DELWP's Water for Victoria Water Plan, especially the Integrated Water Management Framework

Lake Wellington Land and Water Management Plan

Melbourne Water's Healthy Waterways Strategy 2018–2028

Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan

State Environment Protection Policy (Waters)

Waterway health projects across the state, including East Gippsland and West Gippsland.  

The Victorian Government, community and other groups continue to monitor water quality to assess the health of Victoria’s water environments. Find out more about water quality monitoring:

How EPA monitors water quality

DELWP surface water monitoring

DELWP index of Estuary Condition

Melbourne Water river health and monitoring

Waterwatch

EstuaryWatch

Reviewed 15 December 2020