32.3 Surface water access entitlement for allocated diversions

Supporting information

The volume reported (3,412 ML) is that of the surface water access entitlements on issue in the Adelaide region during the 2011–12 year.

In the Adelaide region, surface water rights in areas with an operational water allocation plan are bundled into a single instrument called a water licence. The bundled water licence means that the value of the entitlement is not distinct from the allocation, which is reported in line item 21.1 Surface water allocation announcements. This is an ongoing surface water right and is described as the annual water taking allocation. By default recurring annual water taking allocations are applied on 1 July each year and expire on 30 June each year. Subject to the conditions of a water allocation plan, the volume of unused allocated water may be carried forward to the following year, called a rollover allocation.

In the Adelaide region watercourses in the Barossa Prescribed Water Resources Area (PWRA), including the North Para River and its tributaries, have functional water licences. These water licences are managed under the Barossa PWRA water allocation plan. Additionally, licences have been issued to water users of the Little Para Prescribed Watercourse. This prescribed resource will be included in the water allocation plan for the Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA.


Comparative year

This line item corresponds to line item 32.3 'Surface water access entitlement for allocated diversions' reported in the 2011 Account.