On 10 July 2019, the Minister for Water announced that Lower Murray Water (LMW) and Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) are to refer all works licence applications for extractions from the lower Murray to her for assessment for the next 12 months.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/minister-takes-control-of-lower-murray-water-extraction/

This includes applications for new works licences and amendment of existing works licences and the conditions relating to extraction share, which is the measure used to determine rationing of supply during rosters or restrictions.

The Minister has stated that she will be taking consideration of the cumulative impacts of growing extractions on the environment and on existing entitlement holders.

Read more: Minister announces review for works licence applications in lower Murray

A new independent report by Aither is available which provides more information on water supply scenarios and new estimates of current and future horticulture demand with a focus on the lower Murray region.

The report shows that horticultural crop demands in the southern Basin are higher than previous estimates and will continue to grow as existing plantings mature and new developments occur in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. 95% of horticulture in the southern Basin is in the lower Murray region and accounts for a large proportion of total water use in that area.

This is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment under Water for Victoria to improve public water market information to help water users make informed decisions in managing their water and to increase water market transparency.

Read more: New report on water supply and horticulture demand in the Murray

Victoria has been working in partnership with New South Wales, South Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to improve how water trades are accounted between states, to better reflect the contemporary needs of the water market.

This work has led to three new methods to manage trade adjustments – the accounting adjustments that are made to states’ shares of water in storage in response to water users trading across state borders.

These improved methods will be trialled starting 1 July 2019 and will continue for three years. The changes better align trade adjustments with the location and the time of delivery of inter-state trade.

Read more: Trial of improved trade adjustment methods

The Victorian Water Register will open for trades at 12 noon AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Monday 1 July 2019.

Further information is provided below on certain trade limits and factors that will affect opening trade opportunities.

Read more: Trade opening information for 1 July 2019

The Victorian Water Register will be closed while we complete the end of year accounting to roll over from the 2018-19 water year to 2019-20.


On-line services will be suspended from 5pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Friday 28 June 2019 until 12 noon AEST on Monday 1 July 2019.
The following on-line services will not be available during this time:

  • Broker Portal
  • 'My Water' access and online allocation trading and bore construction licence applications
  • Copy of Record purchases

The following reports will also not be available:

  • Trade opportunities and limits report
  • Unused water report
  • Available water by owner type

To reiterate, all services will be available once again at 12:00 noon AEST on Monday 1 July 2019.

Important dates for allocation trade applications

If you are trading Allocation before the end of the financial year, please be aware of the following important dates:

  • Online applications to trade allocation within Victoria, including applications made via the Broker Portal or API, may be submitted until 5pm AEST on Friday 28 June 2019 for instant processing.
  • Friday 21 June 2019 is the last day to submit paper-based allocation trade applications to your water corporation to be sure of having the application processed.
  • Interstate trade applications require the approval of both states. South Australia have advised that applications must be received by 2pm Friday 21 June 2019 for South Australia to guarantee processing before the end of the water year. All interstate allocation trades involving Victoria which are submitted online via the Broker Portal or the Broker API will be processed manually from 5pm AEST on Friday 14 June.

Important dates for water share transfer applications

  • Applications for Water Share transfers must be lodged with the Water Corporation by Friday 14 June 2019 to ensure that the Water Corporation can process the transfer by Friday 28 June. However, please keep in mind that processing by the Water Corporation is only the first stage of the water share transfer transaction. To complete the entire water share transfer transaction by 28 June, allow ample time to lodge a recording application with the Water Registrar after getting the initial response from the Water Corporation.
  • The Water Registrar aims to record all water share transfers that are submitted in recordable form as-soon-as-possible. You are reminded that when a water share transfer is recorded, the seller's allocation account will no longer be linked to that water share. Unused water allocation can only be carried over to the next financial year if the allocation account is linked to an appropriate water share.

Facts sheets are now available on some of the key information in the updated Water Market Trends report, which was recently published.

These five fact sheets provide simple and accessible information on how entitlements are owned and water is being used in northern Victoria, the key factors influencing the price of water allocation on the market, how irrigators are sourcing their water, and carryover and how entitlement holders are using it.

Read more: Fact sheets on water market trends

In line with the trading rules for the Broken system, allocation trade out of the Broken system will close for this season on Sunday 31 March 2019. Trade applications received after 31 March will not be approved.

Any trades that are submitted online from the Broken to trading zones in other water systems are automatically assessed online. These trades can be submitted online up until trade closes on Sunday 31 March 2019.

The 31 March 2019 closing date does not apply to trade within the Broken system or back-trade into the Broken from other systems.

Available trade opportunities can be found here

An updated report on water market trends in northern Victoria is now available, providing important insights into the changes in how water is owned, used and traded and the factors impacting the price of water on the market.

This is an update to the previous Water Market Trends report released in February 2016. It analyses data from the Victorian Water Register on trends in the northern Victorian water market since 2001. This new report includes additional information on the changes observed since 2014-15, and on trade patterns between different water users in recent seasons.

Read more: Updated water market trends available

All services relating to the Victorian Water Register, including online trades and Bore Construction Licencing will be affected and may be unavailable on two occasions over the coming days.

 

Thursday March 7, between 07:00 pm and 12:00 midnight the whole system will be offline for essential system maintenance.

Saturday March 9, between 11:00 am and 05:00 pm the system may be affected by a Vic Maps outage.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) recently put out a media release on its assessment of the risks that could impact on a delivery shortfall in the River Murray this season. This assessment found that the overall the risk of a delivery shortfall this season is low. However, if it turns even drier then the risk of a shortfall later in the season could increase slightly.

River operators will continue to keep a close eye on demand and conditions and have identified a range of mitigation measures to help manage any potential shortfalls this season.

Read more: MDBA assessment of delivery risks in 2019

Victorian Water Accounts 2016-17 now available

This report is the 14th in the annual series and summarises Victoria’s water availability, distribution and use for the 2016-17 year. Data in the report is provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, water businesses, the Essential Services Commission, the Bureau of Meteorology, and major water users.

Read more: Victorian Water Accounts 2016-17 now available

The Victorian Water Trading Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available here. The annual trade report is part of the Victorian government’s commitment to an open and transparent water market.

Record volumes of allocation trade in northern Victoria in 2017-18 show that people are increasingly using the water market to deal with changes in commodity prices, climate and seasonal conditions.

Active irrigators in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District and in Sunraysia were net buyers of allocation in the market.

Drying conditions in northern Victoria and emerging drought in NSW resulted in increasing market prices for water allocation during the year and had a strong influence on where water was traded to.

Read more: Monitoring the Victorian water market in 2017-18

The Victorian Water Trading Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available.

This report summarises all water trades recorded in the Victorian Water Register for the 2017-18 year.  It presents information about the number, volume, price and location of trades for water shares, allocation, and groundwater and surface water take and use licences.

Read more: 2017-18 annual water trading report

The ability for all bores to access sufficient water quantity and quality is always important. One of the tools that we use develop and maintain our knowledge of water flow and quality across Victoria is the State Observation Bore Network (SOBN). It is important that these monitoring sites are carefully selected and protected.

As a result, from today there is a new condition in place for any bores that can affect the water quality or water levels near these sites. The condition is that such bores cannot be placed within 200 meters of a SOBN site.

Read more: New condition regarding Bore locations

Since the evening of August 22nd the online Bore Construction Licence process in My Water has not been available. This has been due to significant damage to State computer hardware after a fire at a key site in Melbourne.

The critical systems are now back online and, people can once again process a Bore Construction Licence to completion via the My Water webpage. 

Various Water Corporations have readily provided over the counter assistance to customers during this significant outage in getting urgent applications done. The whole team here would like to thank them for their speedy and professional response to this outage.

There are important changes happening to 5 frequently used Victorian Water Register Application Forms, some of which may affect you directly.

Our focus has been to make the Forms easier to follow, faster to complete, less prone to error, and better for emailing. To that end we have revised the questions and sequence, started making editable PDFs and updated the privacy statement. The updated privacy statement will provide applicants with greater security and is a move towards greater online capability.

 

Key Dates

The current Forms will be replaced on the Victorian Water Register website on Monday 17 September 2018. We understand that you may already be in the process of completing an existing copy and accordingly, both new and old formats of these Forms will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2018. However, from 1 January 2019, the water corporations will only accept the new version of the Forms.

Read more: Important Application Form Update

A new fact sheet is available to help water users understand how delivery shortfall risks are managed in the Murray River downstream of the Barmah Choke and what this means for their business.

This is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to improve public water information and transparency around water management.

Read more: Understanding delivery shortfall risks in the lower Murray

A new fact sheet is available which provides more information on how changing water use and climate in the southern Murray-Darling Basin are increasing competition for water across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

This is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment under Water for Victoria to improve public water market information to help water users make informed decisions in managing their water and increase water market transparency.

Read more: Understanding future water availability in Northern Victoria

Your submissions invited to the Delivery Share Review

You are invited to make a submission on the review into delivery share arrangements in northern Victoria.

The discussion paper, summary findings and factsheets are available here.

Community engagement meetings are on this week at :

  • Mildura - 1 August, 5:30 pm at Quality Hotel, Seventh Street, Mildura
  • Kerang - 2 August, 6:30 pm at Goulburn Murray Water Office, 78 Kerang-Koondrook Road, Kerang
  • Shepparton - 3 August, 11 am at Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

Submissions are open until 20 August 2018.

Read more: Public forums this week in Mildura, Kerang & Shepparton

Access to online allocation trading through the Water Register Broker Portal and API and MyWater online trading has been restored this morning Thursday 19 July.

All online trades will be automatically approved or refused in line with the trading rules.

Read more: Online trading access restored