Murray-Darling Basin
18.7 Extraction - other statutory rights

Supporting Information

The volumetric value for the line item for the 2010–11 year was 23,683 ML.  The line item represents groundwater extractions made under other statutory rights. The other statutory rights include land owner basic rights, riparian rights and stock and domestic rights.

The following table provides detailed volumetric information on groundwater extraction under other statutory rights in the region. 


Groundwater extraction under other statutory rights in the Murray–Darling Basin region in the 2010–11 year
Groundwater resource plan area

Groundwater sustainable diversion limit area  


 Volume (ML) for the 2010–11 year 



GW16 Gwydir Alluvium GS29 Lower Gwydir Alluvium NSW 700
GW15 Namoi Alluvium GS34 Lower Namoi Alluvium NSW 3,304
GS45 Peel Valley Alluvium NSW 4,292
GS51 Upper Namoi Alluvium NSW 2,832
GW12 Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium GS31 Lower Macquarie Alluvium NSW 1,730
Sub-total Northern Basin 12,858
GW10 Lachlan Alluvium GS30 Lower Lachlan Alluvium NSW 4,000
GW9 Murrumbidgee Alluvium GS33 Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium (shallow: Shepparton Formation and deep: Calivil Formation and Renmark Group) NSW 4,000
GW8 Murray Alluvium GS32 Lower Murray Alluvium (shallow: Shepparton Formation and deep: Renmark Group and Calivil Formation) NSW 1,525
GW4 SA Murray GS3 Mallee (Pliocene Sands, Murray Group Limestone and Renmark Group) SA 700
GS5 Peake – Roby – Sherlock (confined and unconfined) SA 600
Sub-total Southern Basin 10,825
Total for the region 23,683


The above table provides information about New South Wales and South Australia. Sustainable diversion limit (SDL) areas not shown in the table may have values relevant to the line item, however, relevant information was not available for the 2011 Account. No information was available to be reported from Queensland or Australian Capital Territory as there are currently no approved groundwater sharing plans for these jurisdictions.

In Victoria, there is a private statutory right to groundwater for domestic and stock purposes. This is associated with an approval to construct a bore and there are no formal volumes assigned to these rights.

Quantification Approach

Data Source

New South Wales water sharing plans and South Australia water allocation plans.

Provided by

Murray–Darling Basin Authority.


Extractions were extracted from the relevant clauses in the jurisdictional groundwater management plans.

Assumptions, Limitations, Caveats and Approximations

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority assumed that the volume of groundwater extracted under other statutory rights is the same as the water requirements estimated for these rights at the commencements of the water management plans.

The volume reported for groundwater extracted under other statutory rights is likely to be underestimated as limited data was available.

Uncertainty Information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

Comparative year

This line item corresponds to line item 16.4.1 Groundwater extraction – Stock and domestic basic right, reported in the 2010 Account. In the 2011 Account, the following change was made that caused the 2009–10 year value to be restated:

  • The scope of the line item was changed: groundwater extraction in Mallee Prescribed Wells Area as information extracted from Water Allocation Plan 2000 which is applicable for the area was included in the 2011 Account.

The changes and their respective values are detailed in the following table.


Restatement of comparative year information made for the line item 18.7 Extraction: other statutory rights
2010 Account line items


Volume for the 2009–10 year reported in the 2010 Account (ML)

Difference due to scope change (ML)

Volume for the 2009–10 year reported in the 2011 Account (ML)

16.4.1 Groundwater extraction – stock and domestic basic right Northern Basin 8,566 0 8,566
Southern Basin 9,525 700 10,225
Whole region 18,091 700 18,791