The Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker portal will be offline on Thursday 1 February 2024 between 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

This planned outage is required for scheduled maintenance.

Read more: Reminder: Victorian Water Register system will be offline 6:00 PM–11:00 PM on 1 February 2024

The December Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is now completed. This was the third and final opening for the 2023–24 water year.

Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity opened on Friday 15 December 2023 at 12:00 PM–12:30 PM with an opening limit of about 12.2 GL, and applications were manually processed from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. 48 trade applications with a total of 61.3 GL were submitted by 12:30 PM on 15 December.

As part of Victoria’s ongoing commitment to water market transparency, new information about the outcomes of the Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity openings is now public through the post-trade opening report linked below.

Read more: Release of post-trade opening report – Goulburn to Murray December 2023

The next release of seasonal trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is Midday 12.00 pm on Friday 15 December 2023. Based on current estimates, approximately 12 GL of Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity will be released.

Read more: Important information – Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity volume for 15 December 2023

The Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker portal will be offline on Friday 15 December 2023 between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Read more: Reminder: Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker portal offline 12:30 pm–6:00 pm 15 December...

The next release of trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is Midday 12.00 pm on Friday, 15 December 2023. Estimated volumes will be made public closer to this date.

This is the third and final Goulburn to Murray trade openings for the 2023–24 water year. Go here for more information on the Goulburn to Murray trade rule.

For the 15 December 2023 opening, trade applications will continue to be manually processed by each relevant water corporation to manage demand allocation. Automatic processing will not take place. The once-off procedure that applied to Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity applications for the 9 November 2023 reopening will not be used.

Read more: Important information – Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity for 15 December 2023 

Victoria’s new ‘place of take approvals’ framework came into effect today, bringing more certainty and flexibility for water users in declared Broken, Bullarook, Campaspe, Goulburn, Loddon, Murray, Ovens, Thomson-Macalister and Werribee systems.

These changes have been introduced in response to increasing delivery risks in the Murray River system downstream of Barmah, where the ‘Barmah Choke’ or ‘narrows’ is reducing in capacity and changing demands for water are making it harder for river operators to deliver water where and when people need it. The new framework ensures clear arrangements are in place for managing delivery risks for all declared systems should they occur in the future.

Read more: New ‘place of take approvals’ framework commences

The October Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is now completed. This follows the reopening of the trade opportunity on 9 November 2023. Of the total 90 gigalitres (GL) available in the October Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity, 17 GL was approved on 16 October 2023 and 73 GL was approved on 9 November 2023.

As part of Victoria’s ongoing commitment to water market transparency, new information about the outcomes of the Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity openings is being made public through a new post-trade opening report.

Read more: Release of post-trade opening report – Goulburn to Murray October opening

What’s happening and when?

There is a planned outage to both the water register and the supporting website www.waterregister.vic.gov.auto make changes to support the commencement of the Place of take approvals frameworks on 20 November 2023. 

Read more: Planned Outage to Victorian Water Register and Website 17 - 19 November 2023

The October Goulburn to the Murray trade opportunity is scheduled to recommence at 12:00 PM (midday) on Thursday 9 November 2023.

Following the system error of 16 October, it has been decided that an altered procedure will take place for the re-opening of the trade opportunity on 9 November.

Read more: Important information – Changes to Goulburn to Murray trade opening on 9 November 2023

The Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker portal will be offline on Thursday 9 November 2023 between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Read more: Reminder: Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker portal offline 12:30 pm–6:00 pm Thursday 9...

The next release of trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is 12:00 PM (midday) on Thursday 9 November 2023.

This follows the postponement of the planned 16 October trade opportunity opening due to performance issues experienced in the Victorian Water Register.

It is estimated that approximately 70 GL of Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity will become available at this time. The total trade opportunity that will be made available this year is greater than the trade opportunity at the same time last year due to above average water use in Torrumbarry Irrigation Area during spring, and spills this year from Lake Eildon.

Read more: Important information – Goulburn to Murray trade opening rescheduled to 9 November 2023

The Goulburn to Murray seasonal trade opportunity opening that was scheduled for 16 October 2023 is postponed. Please click here for more information.

DEECA is completing an investigation into the performance issues that could affect the submission of trades and how the register queues and processes these trades.  

We will provide a further update on this seasonal trade opportunity to water market participants by Thursday 19 October 2023.

Due to a system error, some Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity became available for a short time. Impacted customers are being notified and we are seeking to address the errors.

If you have any questions, please contact us at waterregister.support@delwp.vic.gov.au.

The Goulburn to Murray seasonal trade opportunity opening that was scheduled for 16 October 2023 is postponed.

We will have an update for you by Thursday 19 October 2023.

The Victorian Water Register has experienced performance issues over the last week. We are committed to making sure these issues are resolved before the important Goulburn to Murray trade opening therefore we are postponing while we investigate.

A revised date for the Goulburn to Murray October seasonal trade opening will be set for as soon as possible after the current situation has been resolved. At least one weeks' notice will be provided of the new trade opening date.

This means the planned outage to the Broker Portal and MyWater services will not take place. All Victorian Water Register online services will be available throughout Monday, 16 October 2022.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring all market participants can access trade opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact us at waterregister.support@delwp.vic.gov.au

The next release of seasonal trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is Midday 12.00 pm on Monday 16 October 2023, based on current estimates approximately 70 GL of Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity will be released. However, this opportunity may be higher if the Resource Manager announces further spills have occurred before 16 October.

The volume of trade opportunity released on 16 October is based on the following: 

  • Observed water use in the Torrumbarry Irrigation Area from 1 July 2023 to 30 September 2023 relative to the long-term historical average water use from 1 July to 30 November.
  • Any reduction in the Goulburn reserves is due to spills that were quarantined at the start of the water year.

Torrumbarry Irrigation Area water use up to 30 November 2023 is around 45 GL, which is around 52% of the long-term average up to 30 November. These are indicative volumes based on the best available data to date. The trade opportunity on 16 October 2023 may differ slightly from these estimates as further spills occur and are recorded by the Resource Manager.

Find out more about how the Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity is calculated here.

Please see the Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity for 16 October 2023 news article for more information about manual processing of trade applications.

Frequently Asked Questions – Goulburn to Murray Trade Opportunity for 16 October 2023 (updated 12 October 2023).

The Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker portal will be offline on Monday 16 October 2023 between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

This planned outage is required for manual processing of trade applications for the Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity opening.

Outside of this timeframe (12:30 pm to 6:00 pm), the Victorian Water Register's MyWater and Broker portal will be online.

Between 12:30 pm to 6.00 pm, the following services will be unavailable:

  • My Water (incorporating online allocation trading and online bore construction applications).
  • Broker Portal and API.

Please note that the the next release of seasonal trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is at Midday 12.00 pm on Monday, 16 October 2023.

The next release of seasonal trade opportunity from the Goulburn to the Murray system is Midday 12.00 pm on Monday, 16 October 2023. Estimated volumes will be made public closer to 16 October 2023.

This follows the previous Goulburn to Murray 4 July trade opening and is the second of three Goulburn to Murray trade openings for the 2023–24 water year. Go here for more information on the Goulburn to Murray trade rule.

For the 16 October 2023 opening, trade applications will continue to be manually processed by each relevant water corporation to manage demand allocation. Automatic processing will not take place. 

We will remove the MyWater and Broker portals clock on 12 October 2023. Market Participants can find the real-time trade opening volume in the following places:

Trade application submission and manual processing of applications will occur as follows:

  • The Goulburn to Murray trade opportunity volume will be released at Midday 12.00 pm on 16 October 2023. 
  • There will be a limited submission window between Midday 12.00 pm and 12.30 pm. As usual. Water market participants should submit allocation trade applications through the MyWater and Broker Portals. Each trade application will be queued in the order received by our online interface in the Victorian Water Register. The web server records the time it receives each application, forming a queue.
  • After 12.30 pm, the MyWater and Broker Portals will be offline until 6:00 pm 16 October 2023 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 6:00 pm 16 October 2023. 
  • The system will return to normal operation after 6:00 pm.

Due to these changes, the available trade opportunity balance on the 'Where can I trade map' and Water Market Watch App will not change during the submission window. This is because applications will not be automatically processed and assessed in real time. Therefore, the balance displayed during the 30-minute submission window will remain at the total opening volume.

Once manual processing begins at 1:00 pm, trade application notification emails will be sent as each application is completed by each relevant water corporation. In turn, the remaining Goulburn to Murray trade balance will be updated accordingly.  

If you experience any issues, please let us know at waterregister.support@delwp.vic.gov.au, to help us improve services. 

Frequently Asked Questions – Goulburn to Murray Trade Opportunity for 16 October 2023 (updated 12 October 2023).

The Victorian Government is dedicated to providing transparency for water market participants and actively overseeing water market operations to ensure ongoing effectiveness. 

The yearly audit of allocation trades submitted by water brokers via the Victorian Water Register's online Broker Portal and API plays a vital role in acknowledging water brokers who adhere to government standards and auditing criteria. 

Read more: Release of latest Victorian Water Brokers audit report

This is a reminder that this year the Victorian Water Register will close at midday (12.00 pm AEST) on 30 June 2023 for the end-of-year accounting that enables the roll-over from the 2022–23 to the 2023–24 water year. The register will reopen just 12 hours later, from midnight (12.00 am AEST) on 1 July 2023.

Read more: Reminder: Closing dates for end of 2022–23 financial year

The Goulburn to Murray trade review Scientific Advisory Panel (the Panel) has completed the 2021-22 annual report describing the environmental outcomes from the first year of a three-year environmental monitoring program. The monitoring program is designed to assess the environmental performance of the new long-term Operating Rules for the Lower Goulburn River, to determine whether the rules are working as expected to prevent the kinds of environmental damage seen in previous years due to sustained high flows over summer and autumn. 

The 2021-22 results provide some early indications of positive environmental response in the absence of sustained high flows on the river in each of the core themes described below:

Read more: The 2021–22 Scientific Advisory Panel Reports for the lower Goulburn River and lower Broken Creek

Please see news article Important information for end of 2022-23 financial year and trade opening times for July 2023 for previous information around end of year and start of year trade information.

If you require further information about any of the below information, reach out to the Victorian Water Register team via waterregister.support@delwp.vic.gov.au.

There is now updated information regarding the Goulburn to Murray trade limit (Tuesday 4 July 2023)

Read more: Important information: July 2023 trade opening