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August 31, 2020

Rebate Relief to Replace Rainwater and Septic Tanks for Fire Affected Victorians

The Victorian Government is helping regional Victorians who lost critical household water infrastructure in the 2019-20 bushfires with up to $20,000 available to replace rainwater and septic tanks.

What is the Rainwater & Septic Tank Replacement Program?

The Rainwater and Septic Tank Replacement Program (the program) will support households that have lost or significantly damaged rainwater and/or septic tanks on their primary place of residence as a result of the 2019/20 Eastern Victorian Fires.

The Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced Wednesday 26th August the $7.5 million Rainwater and Septic Tank Replacement Program ensuring access to safe drinking water.

The program is available to households in Alpine, Towong and East Gippsland shires, not connected to reticulated urban water systems, for the replacement, minor repairs or reconnection of primary use rainwater and septic tanks at their primary place of residence.  Rebates are available for works completed since 21 November 2019 and until 31 May 2023.

How much funding is available for each rebate component i.e. water tank and septic tank?

Rebates, of up to $15,000 for septic tanks and $3,000 for household rainwater tanks, are available to cover up to half of the costs of the purchase and installation of new primary use tank systems to residents rebuilding homes.

To assist with the installation process, up to $1,500 funding is available for any combination of assessments required to get council approval to install or alter a septic system including condition reports undertaken by a qualified plumber and Land Capability Assessments.

Other rebates are available to cover assessments/condition reports, repairs, or re-connections and to refill a rainwater tank installed as part of the program.

Using local suppliers is encouraged to help support the ongoing recovery of local communities.

What Rainwater Tank Should I Install?


Your rainwater storage tank should be manufactured to the highest quality, hold product certification from an independent testing authority, and are certified to the following standards:

  • AS/NZS 4766:2006
  • AS/NZS 4020:2002 Australian Standard for drinking water
  • AS 2070 Part 1 and Part 8 Australian Standard for food contact

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What Septic Tank Systems Do I Need To Install?


The type of septic system required for your property will be verified through the septic tank permit application process and Land Capability Assessment requirements.

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  • 10-minute hook-up – fittings and baffle are pre-installed
  • One-piece tank with lifting lugs – lightweight and easy to handle.
  • Australian manufactured – offering you maximum support and service
  • Self-anchoring – does not require concrete
  • Low profile design – minimal excavation depth
  • Tested and certified to AS/NZS 1546.1:2008 – assurance of maximum performance


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  • Inlet/outlet junctions
  • Seals
  • Inspection and access covers
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Detailed installation and maintenance schedules

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What is the eligibility requirement for the rebate programs?

  • Be the landowner
  • Demonstrate that your property’s buildings, rainwater tanks or wastewater systems were damaged from direct impacts of an Eastern Victorian bushfire, as verified through the bushfire recovery clean-up process
  • Have sought available insurance arrangements prior to applying for the program
  • Intend to rebuild your home or building in the same Local Government Area and require rainwater and/or septic tank installations

For more information click the link here   Rainwater & Septic Tank Replacement Program Guidelines

When do applications close?

  • Submit your application by 31 May 2023, 11.59pm

Additional criteria apply to each program – see Program guidelines for further information.  If you have any extenuating circumstances that have caused unforeseen costs or have impacted your eligibility, please contact Melbourne Water to discuss your application.

Where do I apply?

Support under the program will be available for any work completed since the commencement of the bushfires on 21 November 2019. Eligible households can apply for a standard rebate towards the cost of a rainwater and/or septic tank system they have already purchased, including any installation fees. They will supply verification of satisfactory installation and receipts for works with the application.

To apply for the rebates, contact your local Bushfire Recovery Victoria hub or click here

 For more detailed information about the program the fact sheets and guidelines below are available for download. Just click the link!