Yes, it is the land holder’s Constitutional right to access bore water for Stock and Domestic purposes. Stock and Domestic bores are not metered for water use.
For a commercial water bore, it is best to contact the governing authority e.g. Southern Rural Water for detailed information about groundwater licence allocations for commercial use.
** FOR MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION, head over to the Southern Rural Water Groundwater Hub: http://gwhub.srw.com.au
No, it is illegal to put a bore in without using a licenced driller in Victoria. Bore drilling is a highly skilled profession, requiring specifically built machinery for the process. You must engage a Licenced Driller.
Research and references are a good place to start. Choosing the right driller to perform the works is one of the most important decisions in the whole process. Installing a bore is not usually carried out to sort out a water shortage issue for one year, it shall be utilized for many years to come. Careful planning and selection of the right driller is paramount in the process. At times, highly skilled, reputable bore drillers have a back log of work and cannot be a prompt as they would like to be, this should not be the reason to go and employ a second rate driller.