Strategies and outlooks

Read our 5-year corporate strategy, urban water strategy, annual water outlook and water restrictions by-law. 

Our 5-year corporate strategy outlines how we'll deliver healthy water for life for our customers, community and environment, now and into the future. 

Our Corporate  Strategy 2028


Water for Life, the 50-year urban water strategy we developed in collaboration with Greater Western Water, Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water, details how we'll manage our water supplies for our customers, community and environment in the face of climate change and a population that’s expected to double by 2070.

 Water for Life Strategy


Every year we work with our fellow metropolitan water organisations to publish the Annual Water Outlook for Melbourne. This outlines a number of individual and joint industry short and medium-term actions to improve future drought response.

Melbourne's Water Outlook 2024

Melbourne's Water Outlook 2024 Accessible version

Under the Water Act we’re required to manage water restriction rules under a by-law. Our by-law incorporates four stages of water restrictions and specifies what can and cannot be done when each stage of restriction is in place. If a stage of restriction is in place, it supersedes Permanent Water Rules.

Water Restrictions By-law 001/2022


Read our Corporate, Drought preparedness, Climate Adaptation Action, and Stormwater Plans here. 

Our Corporate Plan 2023–28 is our roadmap for delivering healthy water for life for our customers, community and environment, now and into the future.

South East Water Corporate Plan 2023-28

This plan explains how decisions about water restrictions are made.

Drought preparedness plan

Stormwater is an evolving area of opportunity in the water industry which also presents a number of economic, regulatory, and operational challenges, read how South East Water is managing it. 

South East Water Stormwater plan 2022


Read our Annual and Water Quality Reports. 

Our annual reports provide an overview of our operational performance, audited financial reports and key highlights, along with statements on our governance and management practices. 

2022-23 Annual Report

2022-23 Consultancy expenditure

2021-22 Annual Report

2020-21 Annual Report

2019-20 Annual Report

2018-19 Annual Report

2017-18 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report


 If you need to access a previous year’s report please contact us.

We produce an annual drinking water quality report, which details our performance against the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003, Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2015 and the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011 (ADWG).


2022-23 Annual Water Quality report

2021-22 Annual Water Quality report

Water regulation

Although it can be a complex world, you may be interested to understand a bit more about the regulations and regulatory bodies in the water industry.

Our Policies

Read the policies that outline our commitments and responsibilities to our customers, community and employees.