July 2024 – Barmah Choke trade opportunity

The next Barmah Choke trade opportunity will occur on Monday 1 July 2024.

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) and WaterNSW have been working together to ensure better equity of access to trade opportunities and a more unified experience for customers from both Victoria and NSW. As part of these efforts, the two states will be implementing a new joint protocol for processing trade applications through the Barmah Choke on 1 July 2024.

Click the link to read this protocol and learn more about what it means for you.

PDFPDF: Barmah Choke application protocol for July 2024 and Frequently Asked Questions (417kb)

Under the new protocol, Victoria and NSW will implement the alternating processing of queued trade applications between each state. Customers will experience no change to how they apply via each state’s process, but access to the available trade opportunity will be more equal between the two states.

Victoria and NSW, with the independent assistance of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, conducted a random selection process that assigned Victoria to be the first state to start processing applications.

This new protocol means that differences in each State’s processing approach and IT systems will no longer be a factor influencing each state’s success in accessing the available Barmah Choke trade opportunity.

More information including application opening times and volumes for Barmah Choke as well as for Goulburn to Murray, Broken Trade Out Limit and NSW to Victoria Trade Limit will be announced in the lead up to the July trade openings.

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

New frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about applying during trade openings

Victoria is preparing for key southern-connected Murray-Darling Basin trade opening events for the 2024–25 water year and is committed to ensuring market participants have better access to trade opportunity during these events.

As part of this preparation, DEECA has prepared a new frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to provide important information for MyWater and the Broker Portal users about applying during trade openings. This FAQ document responds to queries received during the 2023–24 water year, providing information for all water market participants.

PDFPDF: Victorian Water Register MyWater and Broker Portal: Frequently Asked Questions about applying during trade openings (233kb)

You can also find information about trade opening events on the Victorian Water Register website.