Improvements to the Victorian Water Register have been launched to make important water transactions cheaper, easier and faster for irrigators and other water users.

pdfDownload PDF Walsh - Water trading improvements cut irrigator red tape (PDF - 45 Kb)

The changes include:

  • Online allocation trading with near instant approval, and application fees cut by nearly 50%
  • Simpler processes for customers selling land and water together, reorganising the farm within a family or looking to streamline their water services

Read more: Trading improvements cut red tape

The Victorian Annual Water Trading Report 2012/13 is now available.

Copies of reports from previous years are available here.

The document below provides information for water share buyers on the potential impact of carryover recorded against a water share on either:

  • allocations available under that water share in the current season, or
  • any above entitlement storage charges levied against that water share in the current season.

Read more: Updated information for water share buyers

Summary information on water availability for irrigators, town supplies and the environment in northern Victoria during the 2012-13 season, and how it was used, is now available in the report below.

pdfDownload PDF 2012-13 Water Entitlements allocations and use summary (PDF - 392 Kb)

Allocation account statements for 2012-13 are now being mailed to Victorian entitlement holders. For more information click here.

The Northern Victoria Resource Manager has announced that the risk of spill from Victoria's share of Hume and Dartmouth is more than 50%. Consequently net trade from NSW to Victoria is currently not permitted under trading limits, made on 21 November 2012 in order to protect third parties and the environment.

Read more: Net trade from NSW to Victoria

Some new information on water use trends in northern Victoria over the last ten years is now available here.

This includes information on tracking use against Murray-Darling Basin caps, and a map of changes in water use in Goulburn-Murray Water's irrigation districts.

A discussion paper is now available highlighting some of the trade-offs to consider in making carryover decisions. It uses some simple case studies to illustrate some of the financial costs and benefits of decisions to carry over or trade unused allocation in different scenarios.

pdfDownload PDF Understanding the trade-offs associated with carryover decisions (PDF - 307 Kb)

More information on carryover is available in questions and answers here.

A new version of the carryover calculator for 2013/14 is now available. This updated calculator includes the new cap on carryover that applies on the Goulburn and Campaspe this year and on the Murray from June 2014.

Click on the icon below to try the new calculator.


Some videos are now available from a recent presentation to irrigators in northern Victoria on carryover and the changes from the recent review of carryover rules in the Murray, Goulburn and Campaspe systems.


Click here to watch the carryover videos.

Key dates for year-end trade applications in northern Victoria are as follows:

Allocation trades:

Submit by 14 June to guarantee processing by 30 June. Trades submitted later will be done as soon as possible, and may be processed by 30 June.

Water share applications:

For processing in the 2012/13 season - Must be received by 14 June.

For processing in the 2013/14 season - Any application received after 14 June that affects the 4% limit will be held in date order for processing in July once the 4% limits reopen. There is no ballot this year.

Victorian Water Register fees for some applications will increase on Monday 1 July 2013. For more information click here.

Entitlement holders can now apply to relinquish allocation if they do not wish to carry over their unused water at the end of the season. For more information on how to do this see the fact sheet below.

Download PDF How to relinquish allocation (PDF-193 KB)

The limit on trade from NSW to Vic, announced on 21 Nov 2012, comes into effect today. For more information see News item below and Allocation trade opportunities and limits

The end of season cap on carryover will now not come into effect for the Murray system until 30 June 2014. This will give Murray system irrigators more time to adjust their enterprises, as at December 2012 a low-risk-of-spill declaration on the Murray has still not been made.

See the Minister for Water's full announcement below.

Download PDF Walsh - Extension to carryover cap to assist irrigators (PDF - 45 Kb)

The new cap will still come into effect for entitlement holders on the Goulburn and Campaspe on 30 June 2013 at the end of the current season.

The document below illustrates when each of the changes from the carryover review come into effect.

Download PDF When the changes from the carryover review come into effect (PDF - 59 Kb)

The Victorian Government has refined its controls on some of Victoria's allocation trade to protect ongoing allocations to Victorian water entitlement holders.

This removes the need for ad-hoc suspensions which were necessary in the last two autumns, because of high storage levels and high use of carryover.

The new controls apply to trades of water allocation –

from the Goulburn, Campaspe or Loddon systems to either the Victorian River Murray system or to interstate; and

from New South Wales to Victoria (from 10 January 2013).

The controls are necessary to prevent situations where, when a trade occurs, the increased obligation to deliver water to users is not accompanied by storages receiving a matching secure volume of water. If there is no matching volume of water, there is less water available for new allocations.

Further details are available in a fact sheet here and the attached explanatory note.

Read more: Refinement of Victoria's allocation trade

A new carryover calculator tool is now available to help you improve your understanding of how the carryover rules in northern Victoria work in different scenarios

The Minister for Water has announced the outcomes of the 2012 carryover review. To find out more click here.

The Victorian Annual Water Trading Report 2011/12 is now available.

Download PDF Victorian Annual Water Trading Report 2011/12 (PDF - 1,970 KB)

Users are reminded that they can find allocation trade prices here and water share transfer prices here.