An extensive User Guide has been created to assist you with exploring the full potential of the site and can be accessed here, or alternatively clicking on 'User guide' from the menu on the left.
If you still cannot find the information you were looking for, or would like further help with the portal then contact us.
If you wish to cite the data source:
FedUni (2015). "Visualising Victoria's Groundwater." (internet data portal). Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia, Mt Helen, Ballarat, Victoria. Retrieved dd/mm/yyyy, from: http://www.vvg.org.au.
If you wish to cite the details of the portal:
Dahlhaus P., Murphy A., MacLeod A., Thompson H., McKenna K. & Ollerenshaw A. 2015. Making the invisible visible: the impact of federating groundwater data in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Hydroinformatics, (online first DOI 10.2166/hydro.2015.169). Open access at: http://jh.iwaponline.com/content/early/2015/10/24/hydro.2015.169
There are several other research papers on the Research Outputs page.
This can be accessed for Victoria within the VVG portal. Instructions on how to do this are included in our user guide here.
For touchscreen users, the VVG portal is currently not available within Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) running Windows 8.1.
We have had success during testing using alternative browsers to IE 11 such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome for touchscreen computers. These browsers are freely available to download from their official sites.
Trackpads and Mac mice are sometimes thought to still only have the option for a single (left) click button. These days however there are a number of ways to enable a right-click on a Mac which are detailed below:
1. On a trackpad you have multiple ways to ‘right-click’. This external article outlines five ways http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/five-ways-to-right-click-on-a-mac-trackpad/.
2. For a mouse on a Mac, you can enable two clicks with instructions shown on this external link here or alternatively press alt+click to do a right-click.
Although the initial project has been formally completed, we will continue to keep the website updated. Any significant new features will require further funding, which we are working on obtaining.
The Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) has a comprehensive section covering the governance of water in Victoria.
Go to http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/water/governing-water-resources where you will find a range of water governance topics in the menu bar on the left hand side of the page.
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (EcoDev) have an informative Landcare Note that details how to collect a water sample and record salinity levels.
Ask your laboratory:
EPA Victoria has zones where groundwater has been recorded as historically polluted. You can go to the VVG portal map to find this information (user guide here) or alternatively go to the EPA map of GQRUZs in Victoria located on EPA Victoria’s website.
The GQRUZs only includes sites in Victoria that have been subject to an audit report and does not include all potential contamination. For more information on GQRUZs, go to Groundwater Pollution on the EPA website or call EPAs Pollution Hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (372 842).
If you have a bore in Victoria, you are responsible for ensuring water quality is suitable for its intended use. For information on how to get your bore water tested go to the FAQ question 'Where do I get my bore water tested?'.
To construct a bore in Victoria you need to obtain a Bore Construction Licence (BCL) (name can vary slightly) from the applicable Rural Water Corporation (RWC). A licenced driller with the appropriate licence class is required to drill and construct the bore. Drillers need to ensure construction complies with the Minimum Bore Construction Requirements (PDF 11mb). If you have trouble finding a driller, contact your RWC.
You need to contact and/or visit the webpage of the RWC operating in the proposed bore location to apply for a licence/s relevant to the purpose of your bore. Fees and application forms vary between RWCs.
To find out which RWC operates in your area an interactive map is located here.
There are four RWCs in Victoria:
Forms to apply for a licence are available on their respective websites. The forms will detail the information you will need to provide.
SRW has written a fact sheet, with useful information about constructing a bore. The PDF can be downloaded here.
There are multiple reasons why you may not be able to find the bore you have searched:
1. The data in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Water Measurement Information System (WMIS) layer was migrated from the former Groundwater Management System (GMS) in 2013 and some bore IDs that had special characters were unsuitable for their newer management system. Therefore some bore IDs have been allocated a WRK number. A bore finder has been created by DEPI to be able to locate a bore ID by cross referencing alternative IDs. To find out how to download and use this finder go to chapter 5, page 8 in How to guide for WMIS (PDF 3.2mb).
2. In the portal there are four layers for ‘Bores’. Ensure they are ticked and that the ‘query mode’ is set to ‘Bores’. If you are unsure how to do this, go to the User guide here to find out.
3. If you still cannot find the groundwater bore you were looking for, please contact the responsible Rural Water Corporation (RWC). To find out which RWC operates in a particular area go here.
Alternatively contact DEWLP here.
VVG presents data from many external organisations. If you have groundwater bore data in Victoria you would like to submit such as field or laboratory data, then you can do this via the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Water Measurement Information System (WMIS) website.
DEPI have included a WMIS How to Guide PDF that shows you how to upload this data here. In the guide, go to '7.6 Upload groundwater data to WMIS' p. 27.
The National Groundwater Information System (NGIS) is a spatial database spanning all States and Territories in Australia, with more than 800,000 bore locations and associated data.
There are varying degrees of spatial information shown for the States and Territories in Australia with links listed below:
New South Wales and Canberra
https://data.qld.gov.au/dataset/groundwater-database-queensland (downloadable spatial files - not web based)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have a Water Measurement Information System (WMIS) which includes maps with surface water and groundwater layers. Their WMIS groundwater layer is one of the four different (and the largest) bore layers we have included in the VVG portal (DEPI WMIS).
To access surface water locations from DEPI, go to http://data.water.vic.gov.au/monitoring.htm. There is a ‘How to Guide’ document linked on the page of this link to help you navigate the site.
Waterwatch also includes interactive surface water data on their website http://www.vic.waterwatch.org.au/monitoring-and-data/1065/
Data comes from a variety of sources and can be found in the About the data section of the website.
We understand the importance of data currency and make every attempt to update the VVG portal as soon as possible after new data is made available to us. Some of the data is interoperable and therefore instantly reflects new data when a custodian updates their dataset.
Go to the About the data page and click on the layer you would like information on. Under the title ‘Data access and currency’ you will find information on data currency and update schedules.
Contact us if you require layer/s from the VVG portal and we will endeavour to provide you with the layer or alternatively give you contact details to the custodian of that dataset.
Firstly ensure you have zoomed in enough to see all of the IDs, if you still cannot see the ID at full zoom, it means there are multiple bores at that point.
One of the tools we use to create the VVG map portal is MapServer. If there are multiple bores (points) overlapping on the map this will sometimes cause the bore IDs to not show up, however you will still see a point on the map indicating a bore.
As this is a problem within MapServer itself we are unable to fix it at this stage, however if you do come across a point on the map with no bore ID, it indicates there are multiple bores at that site.
To determine the bore IDs, query the map and a list of bores will come up. If there are too many results coming up to determine which ones are at that point, reduce the bore query radius from the default 500m to 100m. Just keep in mind changing the bore query radius will reset the map view.
If you are still having trouble, contact us and we will try to determine the bore IDs for you.