The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is undertaking a review of the Goulburn to Murray trade rule, following concerns about environmental damage to the lower Goulburn River from delivering unseasonal high flows of traded water to downstream users.

The Minister for Water has released a consultation paper and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is undertaking 6 weeks of public consultation to gather community feedback on the proposals.

You can get a copy of the consultation paper below.

The public consultation will target water users and the community in northern Victoria and will include open house public information session in Shepparton, Echuca, Kerang and Mildura, for more information please visit the Engage Victoria website and search Goulburn to Murray trade rule. The Department is also inviting community feedback on the proposals and can make a submission to the department on the Engage Victoria website.

To limit further damage in 2019-20 the Minister for Water announced three key actions in August 2019, to reduce the risk to the lower Goulburn River and to get future market settings right for Goulburn to Murray trade. These were:

  • an interim operational regime to achieve variable summer and early autumn flows in the lower Goulburn River (implemented from December 2019);
  • bringing all trade under the same rules so that use from a tagged account is subject to the same 200 GL inter-valley trade (IVT) limit as allocation trades (changes made on 12 December 2019); and
  • the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) beginning public consultation on changes to the Goulburn to Murray trade rule in early 2020.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has previously released a series of factsheets below outlines the findings of work on the review so far, including the impact to the environment, the changes in trade rules and IVT deliveries and what to expect in 2019-20.

Further information will be posted to this website when available.