The Minister for Water has approved changes to the trading rules to suspend some allocation trade in order to protect next season's allocations to Victorian water entitlement holders.

The temporary suspension applies to trade of water allocation -

  • from New South Wales to Victoria; and
  • from the Goulburn, Campaspe and Loddon systems to the Victorian River Murray system, or to interstate.

The suspension is the same as for last year. It applies to applications received after close of business on 19 March 2012, and will be in place until 30 June 2012. Further details are available in the attached explanatory note and media release.

Download PDF Temporary trade suspensions - explanatory note (PDF - 112 Kb)

Download PDF Victoria suspends some water allocation trade (PDF - 51 Kb)

An update on the progress of the Carryover Review Committee is available below.

Download PDF Carryover Review Committee - Chair's Message May 2012 (PDF - 1608 Kb)

More information on the review is available here.

From 1 June 2012 additional information will be included on the Copy of Record for Murray, Goulburn and Campaspe water shares to provide better information for buyers on the potential impacts of carryover recorded against a water share. Updated information is now available here

A fact sheet about transferring water with land is now available here.

Download PDF Transferring water entitlements fact sheet (PDF - 398 Kb)

Victorian Water Register fees for some applications will increase on Sunday 1 July 2012. For more information click here.

The Minister for Water has announced that carryover rules will remain the same for the coming 2012-13 season.

Download PDF No change to carryover rules for 2012-13 (PDF - 48 Kb)

A review of carryover provisions is continuing, but any changes out of this process will not come into place until 1 July 2013.

A review of how spillable water account provisions are working on the Murray, Goulburn and Campaspe systems is being carried out. More information is available in the document below.

Download PDF Carryover review in 2012 (PDF - 39 Kb)

A report on water trade in Victoria in 2010/11 is now available here

The Minister for Water has approved changes to the trading rules to allow additional exemptions to the 4% limit for certain Commonwealth purchases. The new exemptions are available to -

  • transfers to the Commonwealth that were refused in the July 2011 ballot due to the 4% limit - these can now be approved if a new application is submitted for the same transfer by 28 February 2012;
  • other transfers to the Commonwealth arising from tenders it conducted in 2010/11 - applications must be submitted by 28 February 2012;
  • transfers to the Goulburn-Broken CMA as part of an expanded on-farm savings program.

These exemptions have been made as part of the Victorian Food Bowl Modernisation Agreement announced on 18 October 2011. They will allow many sellers with Commonwealth contracts to finalise their arrangements. The Trading Rules have been updated and are available here.

A credit/debit card payment form is now available for use when submitting applications to water corporations.

A correction has been made to the calculation of back-trade opportunities to recognise that the traded-out volume carried over from last year may spill. To see the affected back-trade opportunities report click here.

The proposal to phase out cheques as a payment method to the Water Registrar, which was previously advised in May 2011, has been deferred. For more information please read Customer Information Bulletin No. 131/2011.

The ballot process for applications affecting the 4% limit on trade out of irrigation areas was completed on 19 August 2011. The current status of the limit can be found here

A report showing the volume of water allocated or carried over in each of the regulated systems that is currently available for use or trade can now be accessed here.

Allocation bank account statements for 2010-11 are being mailed to Victorian entitlement holders in early August. For more information click here.

DSE is upgrading the security of this website. Registered users have been notified individually that their password will be reset on 19 August 2011. A new password will be sent to each registered email address on that day.

Information for buyers of a water share on the potential impacts of carryover recorded against a water share is now available here.

A ballot process is underway to ensure equitable management of applications that affect the 4% limit on trade out of irrigation areas. The current status of the limit can be found here.

The format of the Copy of Record for water shares and other entitlements recorded in the Victorian Water Register has been updated to show the address of each holder of the entitlement. This reflects a recent amendment to the Water Act 1989 so that addresses are no longer classified as information that must not be publicly available from the water register. To see a sample Copy of Record for a water share click here.

Information is being advertised in rural newspapers updating northern Victorian irrigators on preparing for the 2011-12 irrigation season. The advertisement can be viewed below