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Consultants or contractors planning land development engineering design, or audit services or construction works, within our service area must be accredited before the work can start.

To be considered for accreditation with Yarra Valley Water, consultants or contractors must demonstrate and maintain the necessary qualifications, expertise, management systems, works experience and capability to undertake the relevant services.

Developer accreditation (including development consultants, contractors and live sewer contractors) is managed on the ARCUS accreditation system.

How to apply

  1. Submit a request for accreditation by emailing [email protected].
  2. You will be provided with a link to complete an ARCUS online registration.
  3. Once you’ve registered, your application will be assessed and we will let you know if you have been approved or rejected.

All accredited suppliers will also need to agree to Yarra Valley Water’s accreditation terms and conditions which are defined with an Accreditation Deed between each accredited suppliers and Yarra Valley Water.

Accredited Consultants will need to hold public liability insurance cover of at least $20 million and professional indemnity insurance of at least $10 million. Contractors will need to hold public liability insurance cover of at least $20 million.

Our accreditation deeds can be found here for contractors and here for consultants.

Once you’re accredited

Once accreditation is established within ARCUS, you will be required to maintain your accreditation details within this system.

Once you’re accredited, you’ll be included on the list of accredited consultants and contractors that all developers in the Yarra Valley Water area must use.

You will also gain access to the Works Portal.

Consultants, developers and contractors use the Works Portal to submit documentation and information to Yarra Valley Water as required throughout the land development process. Find out more about the development process.

Upgrading your accreditation

Consultants and Contractors wishing to add an additional work category to their accreditation can apply by emailing [email protected].

Legal Information

A.            Ensuring compliance with safety and environmental legislation and the requirements of the applicable Accreditation Deed are the non-delegable responsibility of the Developer, any Suppliers and any subcontractors engaged to perform Development Works (including their workers).

B.            No warranty, express or implied, is given by Yarra Valley Water Corporation as a result of a Contractor, a Consultant or any subcontractors being accredited under the ARCUS accreditation system in respect of their past or future compliance with:

i.              safety and environmental legislation, or any other matter relevant to occupational health and safety or environmental management; and

ii.            the provisions of the Accreditation Deed requiring the Development Works to be constructed / designed in a manner that is fit for purpose and in accordance with the relevant approved design, any Yarra Valley Water Corporation Standards and Specifications, Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) Standards and the Water Services Association of Australia Codes.

C.            No accreditation, approval or audit activity undertaken by Yarra Valley Water replaces the requirement that Developers, Consultants and Contractors are responsible for their own compliance with legislative and regulatory obligations, and the requirements of the applicable Accreditation Deed, including by conducting compliance audits of their own systems, designs and other work.