Requirement to Install a Backflow Prevention Device - Goulburn Valley Water - Victoria


You may be required to install a backflow prevention device on your property. You will be required to install a backflow prevention device if your property is assessed as a High or Medium hazard risk. For example:

  • High Risk sites are properties that use or produce products of a toxic or bacterial nature that may cause death if leaked into the main water supply. Examples of high risk sites are chemical plants and hospitals.
  • Medium Risk sites can endanger health if backflow occurs. Examples of medium risk sites are caravan parks and public swimming pools.
  • Low Risk sites could result in a nuisance but not endanger health if contamination occurs. An example is most residential homes.

If your property is assessed as needing a device, you must have a device installed by a licensed plumber within three months. Your licensed backflow prevention plumber will also complete a Certificate of Compliance and Backflow Prevention Inspection and Maintenance Report.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Eligibility requirements

You are responsible for arranging the installation, maintenance and annual testing by a suitably qualified person of the backflow prevention device. The property owner is responsible for the costs associated with the installation of the backflow device and ensuring the backflow test report is submitted to the Agency within 20 days of the test being conducted.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You are responsible to arrange a suitably qualified person to conduct ongoing annual servicing and testing of testable backflow prevention devices and lodge the test results with the Agency.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $137.00

Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Water (Estimation, Supply and Sewerage) Regulations 2014 Victoria

Administering agency

Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater)

Regional (Urban) Water Corporations

Goulburn Valley Water

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Goulburn Valley Water

Regional (Urban) Water Corporations

Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater)

Operating address: 104 - 110 Fryers Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630
Mailing address: PO BOX 185
Shepparton, Victoria 3632
Phone: 1800 454 500
Phone: 03 5832 4800
Fax: 03 5831 1467
Website: Goulburn Valley Water (Opens in new window)