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.

Important dates for allocation trade applications

If you are trading allocation before the end of the financial year, please be aware of the important dates below.

Interstate trade applications require the approval of both states:

  • For Victoria, after 5pm AEST on Thursday 17 June 2021 there is no guarantee that interstate trades submitted online via the Broker Portal or the Broker API will be completed in the 2020-2021 year.
  • All interstate allocation trades involving Victoria which are submitted online via the Broker Portal or the Broker API will be processed manually from 5pm AEST on Monday 28 June 2021.
  • South Australia has advised that if your water application form is lodged after 2pm (South Australian Time) on 18 June 2021 there is no guarantee that the application will be determined in the 2020-2021 year. Further information from South Australia is available here.

For trades within Victoria:

  • 5pm AEST on Thursday 24 June 2021 is the last day to submit paper-based allocation trade applications to your water corporation to be sure of having the application processed.
  • Online applications to trade allocation within Victoria, including applications made via the Broker Portal or API, may be submitted until 5pm AEST on Wednesday 30 June 2021 for instant processing.

Important dates for water share transfer applications

Applications for water share transfers must be lodged with the water corporation by 5pm AEST on Thursday 17 June 2021 to ensure that the water corporation can process the transfer by 30 June 2021. However, please keep in mind that processing by the water corporation is only the first stage of the water share transfer transaction. To complete the entire water share transfer transaction by 30 June, allow ample time to lodge a recording application with the Water Registrar after getting the initial response from the water corporation.

The Water Registrar aims to record all water share transfers that are submitted in recordable form as-soon-as-possible. You are reminded that when a water share transfer is recorded, the seller's allocation account will no longer be linked to that water share. Unused water allocation can only be carried over to the next financial year if the allocation account is linked to an appropriate water share.

Barmah Choke trade limit to remain in effect

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has announced that the Barmah Choke trade limit will remain in effect on 1 July 2021. The opening trade opportunity from above to below the Barmah Choke expected to be just about 31.4 gigalitres (GL) on 1 July 2021.

For more information refer to the MDBA's media release available here.

The Water Resource Strategy Division is excited to announce that the 2019–20 Victorian Water Accounts (VWA) have been released: Victorian water accounts - Water Register.

This is the 17th 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, pre-released in July 2020 alongside the 2018–19 Accounts, 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 overtime.

Released for the first time last year, the Online Water Accounts provides detailed information on surface water and distribution systems in an interactive way. Users can follow water from its source through to where it is used by customers. For the first time, the 2019–20 and 2018–19 reports will both be available, along with a summary of groundwater use and availability for 2019–20.

As more VWA reports are produced, more features and content will be moved online. Our long-term vision is to work with users to understand expectations and gain feedback to refine and expand the relevance and use of the VWA. Please let the water reporting team know if you have any suggestions.

You can explore these and more reporting resources via water.vic.gov.au

Explore 2019–20:

As part of the Victorian Government's ongoing commitment to continual improvement of water market information, two key elements have been collected since 27 August 2020. They are a Reason for trade and, date that the price for the trade was reached.

This data is now available from the Allocation Trade Data section of the Allocation Trading page. Extra columns have been added, so that when you generate a data set you can see all the deidentified information in one place. Work is underway to provide information on trends associated with this new information reason for trade.

By collecting and making this data publicly available, Victoria is providing more transparency about the types of trade occurring, the prices being paid for different water products and, when agreement was made on each trade.

For more information on reason from trade please view the fact sheet.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has reviewed long-term options for Goulburn to Murray operating and trade rules. We are seeking community feedback on the recommended long-term option with submissions now due by 9 May 2021.

You can make a submission or provide your feedback through a short survey on the regulatory impact statement (RIS) consultation paper and Lower Broken Creek options on the Engage Victoria website at https://engage.vic.gov.au/goulburn-murray-trade-rule-review.

Your feedback will help inform a government decision on long-term options and transition arrangements, which are proposed to come into effect from 1 July 2021.

For those who have attended our public webinars or online drop-in Q&A sessions, we thank you for your participation. For recordings of these sessions and further information on the Goulburn to Murray trade review and steps taken to date, visit https://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-trading/trading-rules/goulburn-to-murray-trade-review.

Any proposed changes will be announced prior to 1 July 2021, along with a report summarising what we heard through public consultation. To register for updates on the Goulburn to Murray trade review, email water.markets@delwp.vic.gov.au.

In 2019, the Victorian Government announced a review of the Goulburn to Murray inter-valley trade rule to better protect the lower Goulburn River from unseasonal high flows of traded water to downstream users.

The Acting Minister for Water Richard Wynne has today released a regulatory impact statement (RIS) seeking feedback on proposed options for long-term Goulburn to Murray operating, trade and tagging rules. You can read the Minister’s media release here. The RIS consultation paper, along with summary information on proposed operating rules and trade rules and proposed arrangements for the Lower Broken Creek, has been published on the Engage Victoria website here.

Read more: Goulburn to Murray trade review consultation begins

The Victorian Water Register is undertaking a planned works and consequently, the entire water register system will be offline from 10:00PM Friday March 19 through to 08:00AM Monday, March 22.

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.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

A new fact sheet is available to help water users to understand the latest information about delivery risks in the River Murray System. It describes how delivery risks in the River Murray downstream of Barmah are changing and the actions that the Victorian and other River Murray governments are taking to address these risks.

The fact sheet is based on the key findings from the report Managing Delivery Risks in the River Murray System that was released in November 2020 by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority jointly with Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, in collaboration with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and, where appropriate, New South Wales and South Australia, will be discussing this information at a number of forums with water users in the coming months, including water corporation customer committees and other industry forums.

More information about delivery risks in the River Murray is available here.

More information about the work the River Murray governments are doing to better understand and manage delivery risks is available on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website.

Dear Customers,

Please be advised that the whole of the Victorian Water Register production environment will need to be offline on Friday 18th DECEMBER 6:00PM to 9:00PM for essential maintenance.

During this time, the Victorian Water Register and associated 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, online allocation trading, online bore construction applications;
  • Access to the public Water Register website, including for Copy of Record purchases.


DELWP apologises for any inconvenience in advance and thanks you for your patience. 

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority together with the Victorian, New South Wales and South Australian governments have jointly released a new report on Managing Delivery Risks in the River Murray System.

Murray-Darling Basin Water Ministers have committed to working together on delivery and shortfall risks and discussing these risks and management approach with our communities.

A shortfall is when water that is entitled to be used cannot be delivered when and where it is needed. This new report provides information to water users and communities on the key findings from recent studies to better understand delivery risks in the River Murray System and sets out the actions needed to support governments and water users to manage those risks.

The report analyses the impacts of system changes over the last 20 years in both supply and demand across the southern connected Basin. This includes reduced capacity of Barmah Choke, changing patterns of irrigation and environmental water use and climate change. It notes these factors will continue to pose risks to delivery into the future.

Read more: Managing Delivery Risks in the River Murray System

Who were the largest owners of water in Victoria during 2019/20?

As part of Victoria’s ongoing commitment to water market transparency, new information has been made public about ownership of water. The list shows the owners in northern Victoria that meet the 2% threshold in the Goulburn and Murray water systems.

During consultation in 2019, the community asked to know the names of the largest owners of water. The agreed definition of large from this consultation was anyone owning more than 2% of water in a system.

The Commonwealth Government is the largest single owner of water shares in both the Goulburn and Murray systems, holding the water for environmental purposes. The list shows that there are a small number of organisations who own more than 2% of water shares, including 6 companies. Nearly 60% of high reliability water shares are privately owned in shares that are smaller than 360 ML.

https://waterregister.vic.gov.au/water-trading/market-insights/large-water-owners

A new independent report by Aither has been released today providing new insights into recent trends and drivers of water market prices for allocation in the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin. It also contains modelling of possible future scenarios for water market trends and the potential response of different industries.

The report shows that the primary drivers of water allocation prices in recent history have been annual water availability, water recovery for the environment from the consumptive pool and growing demand for water from higher-value industries like perennial horticulture and cotton.

The analysis has been developed using an updated water market modelling approach and considers a range of factors that can drive water market outcomes, including supply and demand, water recovery for the environment, industry trends and trade constraints.

The report provides valuable insights for water market participants about how water market prices for allocation have changed in recent years and how the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin water market could evolve in coming years under different scenarios – helping people to make informed decisions for the future.

Read more: New analysis on trends and drivers of water market prices for allocation

The Victorian Water Accounts (VWA) team have released the Online Water Accounts (accounts.water.vic.gov.au), moving the VWA into the digital space. The Online Water Accounts is the next step in the project to transform the VWA. The platform will be focussed initially on the surface water basin accounts, covering the surface water and distribution systems chapters of the Victorian Water Accounts. People will be able to use the website to find out where water is sourced through to where it is used by customers. 

The Online Water Accounts complement the digital Highlights (howmuch.water,vic.gov.au) and the 2018-19 Victorian Water Accounts report released in July this year. The VWA team are excited to now have two digital reporting offerings. The ‘Highlights’ explain Victorian’s Water Entitlement and Management Frameworks and show how water trends are changing over time. The Online Water Accounts provide detailed information at a catchment scale about the availability and use of water in Victoria each year. 

Read more: The Online Water Accounts - a new platform to explore Victoria’s water availability and use

Do you want to find out more about making Victoria’s water markets work for your business - but don’t know where to start?

A two-part podcast series ‘Water. Unplugged’ to assist Victorian irrigators make the most of water markets has been produced by the Rural Press Club of Victoria, through a collaboration between the Victorian Farmers Federation, Murray Dairy, Australian Almond Board, Irrigated Cropping Council, Citrus Australia, Australian Table Grape Association.

Read more: WATER. UNPLUGGED. Podcast series

As part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to continual improvement of water market information, from Thursday 27th August 2020 a reason for trade will be required for all online Victorian allocation trades. The agreed date that the price for the trade was reached will also be required.

This information will be required for all online allocation trades submitted through the Victorian Water Register Broker Portal and the MyWater online allocation trading service.

Read more: Introduction of reason for trade for online allocation trades

In May 2019, the Victorian Government announced a review of the Goulburn to Murray inter-valley trade (IVT) rule to better protect the lower Goulburn River from unseasonal high flows of traded water to downstream users.

The Minister for Water has today announced that timelines for this review are being extended to give businesses more time to plan for new trade arrangements and to provide more opportunity for consultation on options later this year. You can read the Minister’s media release here.

To provide certainty for water users this irrigation season, the 2019 interim trade measures designed to ensure a level playing field for irrigators will be extended, including seeking to extend the interim regulations for tagged accounts so that all trades are treated the same when limits are applied.

In response to feedback from communities during the first round of consultation on changes to Goulburn to Murray trade arrangements, new rules are now scheduled to come into effect on 1 July 2021.

Read more: Goulburn to Murray trade arrangements for 2020-21

The 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.

DELWP engaged consultants from RSM for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 annual audits. RSM audited all 22 water broker firms that submitted trades during 2017-18 and 21 brokers in 2018-19 to determine how they complied with the Victorian Water Register online Broker Portal use agreement and rules.  

Read more: Release of latest Victorian water brokers audit reports

Victorians in eligible drought and bushfire impacted parts of the State can have the application fee to construct a domestic and stock bore waived up until Friday, 31 July 2020. 

In line with the planned duration of this assistance and after consideration of current factors, from 1 August 2020, the $235 fee for applications to construct a domestic and stock bore will apply.

Read more: Domestic & Stock Bore Fee Relief Ends 31 July 2020

This report is the 16th in the annual series and summarises Victoria’s water availability, distribution and use for the 2018-19 year. In a time of more extreme weather events and extended periods of water scarcity, regular and comprehensive public water reporting has never been more important. Victoria continues to lead the way in such reporting.

For the first year – the VWA team will now have two digital reporting offerings. The ‘Highlights’ explain Victorian’s Water Entitlement and Management Frameworks and shows how water trends are changing over time. Our soon to be released VWA Online will move the VWA into the digital space – it will provide detailed information at a catchment scale about the availability and use of water in Victoria each year.

We have enhanced and updated the Highlights (https://howmuch.water.vic.gov.au/) released last year with 2018-19 data. This digital resource complements the written and online report, providing a contemporary way to engage with water data and learn more about how water resources are managed in Victoria.

Read more: Victorian Water Accounts 2018-19 now available

A new independent report by Aither has been released today, updating previous analysis and providing greater confidence in the estimated current and future horticultural demands in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, and the lower Murray region.

The updated report has been developed with increased collaboration with the Victorian, New South Wales and South Australian governments, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and industry experts to provide an up-to-date understanding of how horticultural water demands are changing.

The revised report gives a greatly increased level of confidence to previous findings – that there will be increasing challenges for horticultural plantings to meet their water needs in dry years – particularly in the lower Murray region.

Read more: Updated estimate of water supply and horticulture demand in the southern Basin

The Victorian Water Register will open for trades at 12 noon AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday 2 July 2020.

Further information is provided below on certain trade limits and factors that will affect opening trade opportunities.

Read more: Trade opening information for 2 July 2020