Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Recovery

​​​​​​​​Progress of groundwater recovery towards bridging the gap to SDLs

To bridge the gap to the groundwater SDLs, the Basin Plan requires groundwater extractions in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium to be reduced by 40.4 gigalitres (GL). Several open and limited tenders have been held to purchase groundwater licences in this area, enabling progress towards the long term protection of the productive base of the aquifer.

Progress toward meeting the groundwater recovery targets, including recent tenders is shown in the graphs below. The department also regularly publishes updates on the progress of both surface and groundwater recovered towards the SDLs.




For total water recoveries allow for minor rounding.  

All water recovery figures are expressed in long term average annual yield (LTAAY) terms. Water recovery amounts are calculated using the current long-term diversion limit equivalent factors (v2.05) agreed to by Ministerial Council in November 2011 or are consistent with accredited Water Resource Plans. Water Resource Plans (WRPs) must be prepared by Basin states for accreditation under the Basin Plan by 30 June 2019. These plans may change the long-term diversion limit equivalent factors, affecting the final value of entitlements held in an SDL resource units.


Registered recovery - Water entitlements transferred to the Australian Government become Commonwealth Environmental Water Holdings and are managed by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder. Formal transfer of ownership to the Commonwealth takes place on registration of the entitlement by the relevant State water authority. The entitlement becomes part of the Commonwealth environmental water holdings at that time. Registration can occur a number of months after the exchange of contract, so the amount in the holdings differs from the volume of entitlements secured under contract.

Contracted recovery - Water recovery is reported at the point at which water savings or purchase have been received, estimated or agreed in signed contracts. Until water transfer contracts have been exchanged however, these figures may be subject to change over time.

Expected recovery - The volume of water being pursued by the Australian Government from the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Purchase Tender and awaiting for contracts to be exchanged. These figures may be subject to change over time.

Recovery remaining - The remaining volume of groundwater required to bridge the gap to the groundwater recovery targets outlined in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Contract Details

Information about groundwater contracts awarded under the Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Purchase Tender (Round 6) and Upper Condamine Alluvium Limited Tenders can be downloaded below. This list reflects contracts exchanged as of 30 November 2018.


Current as at 30 November 2018

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Groundwater Contract Details 2018/19 XLS 1577 KB

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More information

For more information, please contact the Department on:

Email: Water Purchasing
Phone: 02 6272 2004​​​​​​​​​​

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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