As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

If your land adjoins Melbourne Water freehold land, we may agree to reimburse half the cost of constructing an approved boundary fence. If we've already approved your quotes you need to apply to be reimbursed for fence construction:

Apply for reimbursement for fence construction

Have you been impacted by the Bunyip fire? See our Bunyip Fire Assistance page.



To apply for half-share fencing you must meet the criteria for proposed fencing materials and dimensions. If your property borders Crown land you will not be eligible for half-share fencing.

Fence types

We will pay for the following types of fences:

  • standard paling fences 1.6 or 1.9 metres high
  • farm fencing – rural areas only or where appropriate
  • chain mesh fencing – where appropriate

Note: the owner is responsible for the maintenance of fences.

We will not contribute to the cost of:

  • colorbond fencing
  • gates
  • capping
  • trellis
  • retaining walls
  • vegetation removal

Approval process

Documents required

To apply for half share fencing, you must provide:

  • a sketch plan with fence location, dimensions and length
  • minimum of two quotes from fencing contractors (we do not build fences)
  • photos confirming the condition of the existing fence
  • photos confirming the removal of vegetation alongside the fence

If we approve your application, our confirmation letter will specify the quote and contractor we have approved (usually the lowest quote supplied).

Please do not proceed with fencing works until you receive a confirmation letter from us.


We are currently receiving a high volume of applications due to growth in demand for our services, which has unfortunately created significant delays. We acknowledge your patience and will make every effort to process your applications as soon as we can. View our current processing times.


There is a no fee for this service.

Contact us

If you need any help completing this application, contact us on 131 722.

Last updated:
21 September 2021