Commonwealth Water purchasing in Murray-Darling Basin

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Australian Government has committed $3.2 billion to purchase water for the environment under Restoring the Balance in the Murray–Darling Basin, which is part of the Sustai​nable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Programme​. The Australian Government is acquiring a portfolio of entitlements to best meet the environment's needs.​

Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium groundwater tender

A tender to purchase groundwater licences in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium opened at 9am AEST on Friday 6 May 2016 and closed at 5pm AEST on Thursday 19 May 2016. The department sought sell offers for groundwater licences held in:

  • all four sub-areas of the Central Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Management Area
  • the Dalrymple Creek Alluvium Gro​undwater Management Area
  • the Oakey Creek Groundwater Management Area

For further information on the Request for Tender, visit Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Purchase Tender.  ​

Water recovery strategy for the Murray–Darling Basin

On 2 June 2014, the Australian Government released the Water recovery strategy for the Murray–Darling Basin. The strategy outlines the government's approach to recovering water for the environment whilst maximising positive outcomes for farmers and communities in the Basin. This includes prioritising water recovery through infrastructure investment over water purchasing, which is limited to 1 500 GL.

Progress of water purchasing

Outcomes from the government's water purchasing tenders are updated after a tender is finalised. See progress of water purchasing under Restoring the Balance.

See [total water recovery prog​ress towards environmental water requirements - new link] in the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.

Average prices of offers pursued in recent water purchasing

Pricing information will usually be publicly released at the conclusion of a water purchase tender to help provide greater transparency and to assist water entitlement holders who may be considering placing a sell offer in the future. See average prices of offers pursued from recent tenders.

Water market price information

The department commissions independent consultants to compile quarterly market price reports that assist irrigators to identify the prices that are being paid for various water entitlements across the Murray–Darling Basin.

Survey of water entitlement sellers under Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Department of the Environment released a commissioned report by Marsden Jacob Associates that independently assessed the impact on participating irrigators of water sales to the Commonwealth. See Survey of water entitlement sellers under the Restoring the Balance in the Murray–Darling Basin Program.

Further information

Contact us for more information on restoring the balance in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Email: Water Purchase and Conveyance
Phone: 1800 218 478 ​​​