Australian water markets reports

Cover of 2017-18 Australian Water Markets Report National overview

The Bureau publishes an annual report providing a comprehensive review of water markets across Australia.

2017–18:

Archive–Previous water markets reports

ABARES (2013–14 to 2016–17 reports)

National Water Commission (2007–08 to 2012–13)

About the Australian water markets report


This report provides a comprehensive review of water markets across Australia and includes data from a range of Commonwealth, state and private sector sources. The Australian water markets report series is designed to inform market participants, regulators, decision–makers, researchers and other interested parties about Australia's water market. The focus is on irrigated agriculture, the largest user of water in Australia.

The report covers climatic factors, water availability, environmental water and irrigated agricultural activity, as well as traded products, trading activity, prices and any relevant changes in water market structures. It also combines contextual information with detailed analysis of trade volumes, prices and market behaviour to provide a complete examination of the supply and demand drivers of Australia's water markets.

This is the 11th annual statement of water trading activity across Australia. The National Water Commission published the first six reports in the series, from 2007–08 to 2012–13. In 2015 the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) produced the 2013–14 to 2016–17 editions of the report. The Bureau of Meteorology produced the 2017–18 report based on the style of the ABARES reports.

The 2017–18 report provides an overview of the trends and statistics of the 2017–18 water year. More detailed data can be viewed via the Bureau's Water Markets Dashboard.

The report incorporates data from:

  • Bureau of Meteorology – primary information on water trading and water balances. Under the Water Act 2007 and the Water Regulations 2008, the Bureau has statutory responsibility for collecting water trade data from jurisdictional agencies and irrigation infrastructure operators.
  • ABARES – analysis and times series water trade and agricultural information from previous Australian Water Market Reports.
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – information on Australian Government environmental water recovery.
  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Office – information on the holdings and trade activity of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.
  • Murray–Darling Basin Authority – information on water trading and storage inflows in the MDB.
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics – information on farm water use and irrigated agricultural production.
  • State and local water authorities – information about specific catchments.

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