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.

In 2016-17 record volumes of allocation were traded, mostly in northern Victoria where 2,726 GL of allocation was traded.  The volume of allocation traded in southern Victoria declined slightly from 2015-16. Water share market prices in northern Victoria continued their increasing trend since 2014 reflecting increased demand. Allocation prices declined throughout the year due to the wet spring and high seasonal water availability.

 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.