A new report on trends in the Victorian water market is now available, providing important insights into current trends in water trade as well as factors impacting the price of allocation water.

The report Water Market Trends: Trends in Northern Victorian Water Trade 2001-2015 provides an analysis of data in the Victorian Water Register on trends in the water market over the past 10 to 15 years, and trade patterns between different water users in recent seasons.

The Victorian Water Trading Annual Report provides the definitive point for referencing Victorian water trade information. It provides data from the Victorian Water Register on trades of allocation, water shares, and take and use licences.

The total volume of allocation traded in 2015-16 was the highest annual volume on record. The high volumes traded in the state’s north reflect the region’s recent hot, dry conditions and the moderate volumes of allocation available. The report also shows that in northern Victoria water market prices increased in 2015-16, compared to previous years, given the drying conditions. In 2016-17 allocation prices have fallen again in response to wetter seasonal conditions.

 Copies of the Victorian Annual Water Trading Report for each year since 2007 are available below.

The report Water Trading in Northern Victoria 1991/92 – 2005/06 (DSE 2008) draws together data to describe activity in Victoria’s water market over a 15-year period since trade was enabled.


The Value of Water: a guide to water trading in Victoria was published in 2001. It explains how water trading developed since its origins, the benefits and hazards, the influences and participants, and the reasons behind various rules. It covers special situations like trade between States.