The Victorian Water Register is undertaking a planned works and consequently, the entire water register system will be offline from 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm Wednesday September 21st 2022.

During this time, the following services that will be unavailable:.

  • The Water Register website https://waterregister.vic.gov.au/;
  • My Water (incorporating online allocation trading and online bore construction applications);
  • Broker Portal and API.

The next release of seasonal trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is 10.00 am 17 October 2022.

The Goulburn to Murray trade rule applies to allocation trade from the Goulburn, Loddon, Campaspe and Broken systems to the Victorian Murray and interstate.

This trade opportunity is highly competitive – to manage expected demand for the 17 October 2022 opening, there will be some changes to how allocation trade applications are processed.

The key change is that, on 17 October 2022, allocation trade applications will not be processed and approved/refused automatically; instead, all allocation trade applications will be processed manually by each relevant water corporation.

This will be implemented as follows:

  • The Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity balance will be updated at 10.00am on 17 October.
  • Between 10.00 am and 10.30 am, water market participants should submit all allocation trade applications through the online MyWater and Broker Portal as usual. Each trade application will continue to be queued in the order received by our online interface.
  • After 10.30 am, the Broker Portal and MyWater will be offline until 5:00 pm 17 October 2022 while manual processing of applications takes place.
  • Applicants will receive notification on the outcomes of trade applications as they are manually processed, and no later than 5:00 pm 17 October 2022.

Due to these changes, during the 30-minute application submission window (10.00 am – 10.30 am), the available Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity balance on the where can I trade map? and Water Market Watch App will not change, as applications will not be automatically processed and assessed in real time. The balance displayed during the 30-minute submission window will remain at the total opening volume. This should be taken into consideration when you submit your application.

Once manual processing begins at 11.00 am, trade application notification emails will be sent as each application is completed in turn, and the remaining Goulburn to Murray trade balance on the where can I trade map? and Water Market Watch App will update accordingly. 

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring all market participants can access trade opportunities. The Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is highly competitive and additional load is placed on our systems at these times.

These changes are necessary to help manage this load and provide the high level of service our customers need.

We are also investing in a new water register through the Victorian Water Register Transform project which underlines our commitment to provide reliable services for water market participants.

A plan for delivering water from the Goulburn Inter-Valley Trade (IVT) account to the Murray in 2022-23 has been released to support implementation of the long-term operating and trade rules introduced on 1 July 2022.

The Goulburn Operating Plan for 2022-23 has been developed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Victorian river operators, and the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning.

The plan outlines the principles and responsibilities for decision making for the delivery of water from the Goulburn Inter-Valley Trade (IVT) Account to the Murray system in 2022-23. The plan considers seasonal conditions and recognises the sustainable operating limits for summer and autumn set out in the Operating Rules for the lower Goulburn River. The operating plan also includes an operating outlook for the planned delivery of water from the Goulburn IVT account under possible climate and inflow scenarios in 2022-23.

Read more: Operating Plan for delivery of water from the Goulburn IVT account

Victoria is adopting a new approach to water delivery entitlements that will empower water users to manage their own delivery risks in declared systems. Changes are due to come into effect by July 2023.

The new approach does not affect anyone’s water shares, it simply clarifies their right (entitlement) to have that water delivered.

The changes will:

  • Give water users more certainty about their rights to have water delivered down our rivers and enable more flexibility to manage their own delivery risks.
  • Enable the Minister to make rules to cap and allow for the trade of these delivery rights.
  • Protect the rights of existing entitlement holders in water systems where delivery risks are increasing.
  • Give water users confidence there are strong penalties to protect them from impacts of others taking more than their fair share during any river rationing.

Read more: Victoria is adopting a new approach to water delivery entitlements in declared systems

Water is a precious and limited resource. It is critical to our economy, environment, and communities. This is why water needs to be managed fairly for all water users.

In Victoria there is a zero-tolerance approach to water theft. This means that anytime an allocation account (ABA) is negative, your rural water corporation will not hesitate to fine or prosecute for serious cases if action is not swiftly undertaken to address the balance.

Rural water corporations are conducting more inspections to detect water theft, including checking customers whose usage exceeded their entitlement in the previous irrigation season. In 2022/23, rural water corporations will increasingly target higher risk areas, particularly where there are high volumes of trades and a history of non-compliance.

Water users should plan ahead for 2022/23 needs, to ensure their ABA balance remains positive throughout the year. Water users having difficulties meeting their water needs should contact their rural water corporation immediately.

Water theft is an offence under the Water Act 1989, and any non-compliance means there is less water for delivery in the system.

Under the Water Act 1989, rural water corporations are responsible for the compliance and enforcement of rules and legislative requirements surrounding the take and use of water and construction of works. The Water Act 1989 was amended in October 2019 to provide for greater deterrence against water theft by strengthening penalties and broadening enforcement tools for water corporations including penalty infringement notices (fines), suspension of licences and prosecution.

If you wish to report an alleged offence or breach, please contact your rural water corporation.

For more information on Victoria’s Water Compliance and Enforcement Approach, please:

Victorian Water Register services were taken offline prior to the planned 2:00pm 1 July 2022 trade opening for Goulburn to Murray Limit and Broken Trade Out Limit, due to unanticipated additional load placed on the system at the start of the new water year.

The new opening time for the Goulburn to Murray Limit and Broken Trade Out Limit will be at midday (12:00 pm AEST) on Monday 4 July 2022.

All Victorian Water Register services were restored at 4pm today (1 July 2022). This allowed all other trading to resume, and for access to MyWater, the Broker Portal and API to be restored well in advance of any scheduled trade openings.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delay to trade opening times. We’ve taken this step to announce a new opening time so that everyone has fair and equal access to market opportunities and has this information available before any trade opportunity under these two limits opens.

Read more: Important information: Updated trade opening times for the Goulburn to Murray Trade Limit and...

This is a final reminder that this year the Victorian Water Register will close at midday (12.00 pm AEST) on 30 June 2022 and reopen just 12 hours later from midnight (12.00 am AEST) on 1 July 2022 for the end of year accounting that enables the roll over from the 2021-22 to the 2022-23 water year.

The following on-line services will be unavailable during this time:

  • Broker Portal
  • 'My water' access and online allocation trading and bore construction licence applications
  • Copy of Record purchases
  • Victorian Water Register website

 

The following reports will be unavailable:

  • Trade opportunities and limits reports (including 'Where can I trade map?')
  • Unused water report
  • Available water by owner type.

 

Access to all online services will be restored from midnight (12.00 am AEST) on 1 July 2022.

 

You can find further information on closing times for end of year trades and the opening times for trade opportunities under different trade limits here.

 

The Minister for Water Lisa Neville has announced that from 1 July 2022, a new long-term trade rule will come into effect for Goulburn to Murray inter-valley trade. Read the Minister’s announcement here.

This is the final step in the Goulburn to Murray trade review and the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) process. The Victorian Government reviewed Goulburn to Murray trade and operating rules to make sure long-term rules strike the right balance of supporting trade that water users rely on without causing further environmental damage to the lower Goulburn River or increasing delivery risks in the Murray.

The new long-term trade rule matches trade to what can sustainably be delivered from the Goulburn – within operating rules that keep flows lower and more variable over summer and autumn.

Read more: Long-term Goulburn to Murray trade rule to take effect from 1 July 2022

The Water Resource Strategy Division is excited to announce that the 2020–21 Victorian Water Accounts (VWA) have been released: Victorian water accounts - Water Register.

This is the 18th report in the series, released alongside new iterations of the Highlights (howmuch.water.vic.gov.au) and the Online VWA (accounts.water.vic.gov.au).

The Highlights explain Victoria’s water entitlement and management frameworks, provide a high-level summary of water availability and use for the water year and illustrate water trends over time.

Read more: The 2020–21 Victorian Water Accounts, Online Water Accounts and Highlights now available

The Victorian Government is committed to increasing water market transparency and actively monitoring water markets to ensure that they continue to operate effectively.

The annual audit of allocation trades submitted by water brokers through the Victorian Water Register’s online Broker Portal is a key component of recognising water brokers that meet government standards and auditing requirements.  The audit helps to ensure that brokers meet their obligations to provide transparency of allocation trades and accurate price disclosure to all parties. The audit also evaluates the security of sensitive information and investigates brokers’ knowledge of their responsibilities to their clients.

Read more: Release of latest Victorian Water Brokers audit reports

This year the Victorian Water Register will close at midday (12.00 pm AEST) on 30 June 2022 and reopen at midnight (12.00 am AEST) on 1 July 2022 for the end of year accounting that enables the roll over from the 2021-22 to the 2022-23 water year.

The following on-line services will be unavailable during this time: 

  • Broker Portal
  • 'My water' access and online allocation trading and bore construction licence applications
  • Copy of Record purchases.

The following reports will be unavailable:

  • Trade opportunities and limits reports (including 'Where can I trade map?')
  • Unused water report
  • Available water by owner type.

Access to all online services will be restored at midnight (12.00 am AEST) on 1 July 2022.

Important information about closing times for end of year trades and the opening times for trade opportunities under different trade limits is available below.

Read more: Important information for end of 2021-22 financial year and trade opening times for 1 July 2022.

Improved allocation trade price information for the Murray: above and below the Barmah Choke

The allocation trade price summary information on the homepage of the Victorian Water Register website has now been updated to show the price for three separate areas.

  • Murray (below the Barmah Choke)
  • Murray (above the Barmah Choke)
  • Goulburn

Splitting the Murray trading zones to show the price for above or below the Barmah Choke will help support water users and market participants to make informed decisions when participating in the water market.

Read more: Improved market information

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning has published two new fact sheets and a series of frequently asked questions to help Victorian water users better understand shortfalls in the Murray River downstream of Barmah and what this means for managing their risks.

The first fact sheet explains what shortfalls are, how they are managed and how different water users may be impacted. The second fact sheet outlines what water users need to know and do in the lead up to, and during, a shortfall event.

Read more: New fact sheets on shortfalls in the Murray below Barmah

The Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, has announced that interim regulations restricting tagged water use in line with trade are to be made enduring, to keep a level playing field for all types of trade and help protect the health of the lower Goulburn River. This decision comes after extensive community consultation on the Goulburn to Murray trade review regulatory impact statement and builds on the work done to date to keep the amount that can be traded in line with what can sustainably be delivered. Read more about the Minister’s decision here.

Subject to final regulatory approval from Executive Council, the enduring regulations will commence on 30 November 2021 and will be in place for 10 years. The enduring regulations and supporting material will be made available on the trading rules webpage.

Read more: Restrictions on tagged use to become long-term from 30 November 2021

A plan for delivering water from the Goulburn Inter-Valley Trade (IVT) account to the Murray has been released to support implementation of the interim operating and trade rules introduced on 1 July 2021.

The operating plan sets out a default monthly pattern for delivering water from the Goulburn IVT account, and the seasonal conditions for varying delivery from this default. It has been designed to ensure that traded water can be delivered within the ecological tolerances set out in the interim operating rules and without impacting on Murray entitlements or delivery security.

The operating plan outlines how water is expected to be delivered from the Goulburn IVT during 2020-21, including when trade opportunities are likely to become available. A fact sheet explaining how water will be delivered and how this creates trade opportunity has also been released.

Read more: Operating plan for Goulburn IVT delivery released

Earlier this year, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning , in collaboration with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority consulted with various key Commonwealth, cross-jurisdiction and Victorian stakeholders, and Traditional Owners about delivery risks in the River Murray, following the release of the joint Basin governments’ report Managing Delivery Risks in the River Murray System.

Several key themes were raised throughout consultation including:

  • What is being done to manage delivery risks
  • What to expect in a shortfall
  • What are the other states doing
  • Growth in horticultural plantings
  • Menindee Lakes and compliance in the Northern Basin
  • Changes at Barmah Choke
  • Environmental water delivery

Read more: What We Heard about Managing Delivery Risks in the River Murray System

The Victorian Water Register has maintenance works scheduled for Thursday October 28, 2021.  The system will be offline between 06:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

  • The Water Register website https://waterregister.vic.gov.au/
  • My Water
  • Broker Portal and API

Please be advised that elements of the Victorian Water Register will be offline from 5:00PM Friday 15th October 2021 to 08:00AM Monday 18th October 2021.

During this time, online services such as water trading and bore application processes will be unavailable.

 

Access to the following on-line services will not be available during this outage:

• Broker Portal and API;

• My Water access affecting Allocation trading, Bore Construction Licences and Bore Completion Reports;

• Online submission of application forms

 

The Water Register website will otherwise remain available (including copy of record purchases).

The Acting Minister for Water Richard Wynne has announced that from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 a new two-part trade rule will come into effect for Goulburn to Murray inter-valley trade. Read the Minister’s announcement here.

This new rule is based on the recent public consultation on changes to the trade rule as part of the Goulburn to Murray trade review but includes some important improvements in response to community feedback. The rule will give certainty for the 2021-22 water year, while further testing and analysis of complementary interim operating rules is undertaken over the coming summer.

The new rule will replace the current year-round rolling limit of 200 GL. The new two-part trade rule means that:

  • From 1 July, trade will be possible whenever the balance of the Goulburn inter-valley trade account is lower than the new limit of 190 GL; and
  • On 15 December, net trade will be capped to enable the inter-valley trade account balance to be drawn down over the rest of the year.

Read more: Interim Goulburn to Murray trade rules introduced from 1 July 2021

The Victorian Water Register will be closed while we complete the end of year accounting to roll over from the 2020-21 water year to 2021-22.

This will occur from 5pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday 30 June 2021 until 10am AEST on Thursday 1 July 2021.

The following on-line services will not be available during this time:

  • Broker Portal
  • 'My Water' access and online allocation trading and bore construction licence applications
  • Copy of Record purchases.

The following reports will also not be available:

  • Trade opportunities and limits reports (including 'Where can I trade?' report)
  • Unused water report
  • Available water by owner type.

Access to all online services will be restored at 10am AEST on Thursday 1 July 2021, when trade opportunities in the 2021-22 water year will commence.

Read more: Important information for end of 2020-21 financial year