Murray–Darling Basin
18.11 Entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to users

Supporting information

The volumetric value for the line item for the 2011–12 year was 606,970 ML. The line item represents groundwater allocation diversion (excluding urban water systems) associated with a number of entitlement classes in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) region. Information on groundwater allocation diversions for urban water systems is included in line item 18.12 Groundwater allocation diversion – urban water system.

The following two tables provide a summary and breakdown information on groundwater allocation diversion (excluding urban water systems) within the region. 


Summary of entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to users (excluding urban water systems) in the MDB region in the 2011–12 year.
Groundwater resource plan area State/Territory

 Volume (ML) for the 2011–12 year 

Code

Name

GW22 Warrego–Paroo–Nebine Qld  –
GW21 Condamine–Balonne Qld 128,360
GW20 Moonie Qld 149
GW19 Qld Border Rivers Qld 1,658
GW18 New South Wales Border Rivers Alluvium NSW 732
GW17 New England Fractured Rock and Northern Basalts NSW 15
GW16 Eastern Porous Rock NSW 2,570
GW15 Gwydir Alluvium NSW 21,483
GW14 Namoi Alluvium NSW 75,890
GW13 New South Wales Great Artesian Basin Shallow NSW 932
GW12 Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium NSW 16,752
GW11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock NSW 0
GW7 Darling Alluvium NSW  –
Sub-total Northern Basin 248,541
GW11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock NSW 2,260
GW7 Darling Alluvium  NSW 0
GW10 Lachlan Alluvium NSW 76,937
GW9 Murrumbidgee Alluvium NSW 123,258
GW8 Murray Alluvium NSW 33,324
GW6 Western Porous Rock NSW 3,339
GW2 Goulburn–Murray Vic. 77,471
GW3 Wimmera–Mallee (groundwater) Vic. 5,128
GW5 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges SA 3,408
GW4 SA Murray SA 32974
GW1 Australian Capital Territory (groundwater) ACT 331
Sub-total Southern Basin 358,429
Total for the region 606,970

– = Data not available

Details of entitled extraction of allocated groundwater to users (excluding urban water systems) in the MDB region in the 2011–12 year
Groundwater resource plan area

Groundwater sustainable diversion limit (SDL) area

State/Territory

Entitlement class

 Volume (ML) for the 2011–12 year 

Code

Name

GW21 Condamine–Balonne GS53, GS58, GS61, GS64 and GS65 Condamine Fractured Rock, Sediments above the GAB: Condamine–Balonne, St George Alluvium: Condamine–Balonne (shallow and deep), Upper Condamine Alluvium and Upper Condamine Basalts Qld Aquifer

128,360

GW20 Moonie GS59 and GS62 Sediments above the GAB: Moonie and St George Alluvium Qld Aquifer

149

GW19 Qld Border Rivers GS54, GS55 and GS57 Qld Border Rivers Alluvium, Qld Border Rivers Fractured Rock and Sediments above the GAB: Border Rivers Qld Aquifer

1,658

 Sub-total Queensland

130,167

GW18 New South Wales Border Rivers Alluvium GS32 NSW Border Rivers Alluvium  NSW Aquifer

731

GS33 NSW Border Rivers Tributary Alluvium NSW Aquifer

1

GW17 New England Fractured Rock and Northern Basalts GS18 Inverell Basalt NSW Aquifer

0

GS22 Liverpool Ranges Basalt NSW Aquifer

0

GS37 New England Fold Belt NSW Aquifer

15

GS49 Warrumbungle Basalt NSW Aquifer

0

GW16 Eastern Porous Rock GS17 Gunnedah–Oxley Basin MDB  NSW Aquifer

2,570

GS41 Sydney Basin MDB NSW Aquifer

0

GW15 Gwydir Alluvium GS24 Lower Gwydir Alluvium NSW Aquifer 14,642
Supplementary 6,841
Sub-total

21,483

GW14 Namoi Alluvium GS29 Lower Namoi Alluvium NSW Aquifer 25,077
Supplementary 6,162
Sub-total

31,239

GS40 Peel Valley Alluvium NSW Aquifer 4,162
GS47 Upper Namoi Alluvium NSW Aquifer 29,002
Supplementary 11,487
Sub-total

40,489

GW13 New South Wales Great Artesian Basin Shallow GS34 to GS 36 New South Wales GAB: Surat Shallow, Warrego Shallow and Central Shallow NSW Aquifer

932

GW12 Macquarie-Castlereagh Alluvium GS14 Castlereagh Alluvium NSW Aquifer

0

GS26 Lower Macquarie Alluvium NSW Aquifer 15,912
Supplementary 840
Sub-total

16,752

GW 11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock (Northern Basin) GS19 Kanmantoo Fold Belt NSW Aquifer

0

GW 11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock (Southern Basin) GS10 Adelaide Fold Belt NSW Aquifer

0

GS 20 Lachlan Fold Belt NSW Aquifer

1,361

Salinity and water table management

0

Sub-total

1,361

GS39 Orange Basalt NSW Aquifer

388

GS51 Young Granite NSW Aquifer

510

GW7 Darling Alluvium  GS23 Lower Darling Alluvium NSW Aquifer

0

GW10 Lachlan Alluvium GS25 Lower Lachlan Alluvium NSW Aquifer 65,190
Supplementary 11,747
Sub-total

76,937

GW9 Murrumbidgee Alluvium GS28 Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium (shallow; Shepparton formation and deep; Calivil formation and Renmark Group) NSW Aquifer 109,120
Supplementary 14,139
Sub-total 123,258
GW8 Murray Alluvium GS27 Lower Murray Alluvium (shallow; Shepparton formation and deep; Renmark Group and Calivil formation) NSW Aquifer 13,696
Salinity and water table management 0
Supplementary 15,595
Sub-total 29,291
GS46 Upper Murray Alluvium NSW Aquifer 4,033
GW6 Western Porous Rock GS50 Western Porous Rock NSW Aquifer 3,339
Salinity and water table management 0
Sub-total 3,339
 Sub-total New South Wales 357,491
GW2 Goulburn-Murray GS8 Goulburn–Murray (Shepparton irrigation region, highlands and sedimentary plain) Vic. Aquifer 77,471
GW3 Wimmera–Mallee (groundwater) GS9 Wimmera–Mallee (highlands and sedimentary plain) Vic. Aquifer 5,128
 Sub-total Victoria 82,599
GW5 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges GS01 Angas Bremer (Quaternary sediments and Murray Group limestone)  SA Aquifer 1,971
GS04 Marne Saunders (fractured rock, Murray Group limestone and Renmark Group)  SA Aquifer 1,437
GW4 SA Murray GS03 Mallee (Pliocene Sands, Murray Group limestone and Renmark Group)  SA Aquifer 31,732
GS05 Peake–Roby–Sherlock (unconfined and confined)  SA Aquifer 1,242
 Sub-total South Australia 36,382
GW1 ACT (groundwater) GS52 ACT (groundwater)  ACT Aquifer 331
 Sub-total Australian Capital Territory 331
Total 606,970

 

Additional information

SDL areas not shown in the table may have values relevant to the line item; however, relevant information was not available for the 2012 Account.

Allocations may be made for urban, stock and domestic or irrigation purposes under a single class of licence in the particular water resource plan area. Where the purpose was not known, and it was a general class of licence, the groundwater allocation announcement has been included under 'Aquifer'.

GS 32 NSW Border Rivers Alluvium includes both upstream Keetah Bridge and downstream Keetah Bridge alluvial groundwater sources.

GS 33 NSW Border Rivers Tributary Alluvium includes Macintyre and Ottleys Creek alluvial groundwater sources. 

GS40 Peel Valley Alluvium–aquifer reports a combined volume based on water licences aquifer, aquifer (general security), and domestic and stock.

GS28 Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium–aquifer reports a combined volume based on water licences aquifer, and domestic and stock.

Volumes reported here under GS47 Upper Namoi  Alluvium are sourced from the following groundwater sources:

  • Upper Namoi zone 1 Borambil creek
  • Upper Namoi zone 2 Cox'S Creek (Mullaley to Boggabri)
  • Upper Namoi zone 3 Mooki Valley (Breeza to Gunnedah)
  • Upper Namoi zone 4 Namoi valley (Keepit Reservoir to Gin's Leap)
  • Upper Namoi zone 5 Namoi Valley (Gin's Leap to Narrabri)
  • Upper Namoi zone 6 Tributaries of the Liverpool Range (South to Pine Road)
  • Upper Namoi zone 7 Yarraman Creek (east of Lake Goran to Mooki River)
  • Upper Namoi zone 8 Mooki Valley (Quirindi–Pine Road to Breeza)
  • Upper Namoi zone 9 Cox's Creek (up-stream Mullaley)
  • Upper Namoi zone 10 Warrah Creek
  • Upper Namoi zone 11 Maules Creek
  • Upper Namoi zone 12 Kelvin Valley.


Extraction volume reported for GS 8 Goulburn–Murray includes 178 ML extracted for urban use in Katunga (58 ML), Wangaratta (108 ML) and Goorambat (12 ML).

Water sharing plans were yet to commence or data were unavailable for the groundwater SDL areas listed in the following table.


Groundwater SDL areas for which data were not available for the line item
State SDL area code Groundwater SDL area 
Qld GS56 Queensland MDB: Deep
Qld GS60 Sediments above the Great Artesian Basin: Warrego–Paroo–Nebine
Qld GS63 St George Alluvium: Warrego–Paroo–Nebine
Qld GS66 Warrego Alluvium
NSW GS43 Upper Gwydir Alluvium
NSW GS30 Manilla Alluvium
NSW GS48 Upper Namoi Tributary Alluvium
NSW GS11 Bell Valley Alluvium
NSW GS15 Collaburragundry–Talbragar Alluvium
NSW GS16 Cudgegong Alluvium
NSW GS45 Upper Macquarie Alluvium
NSW GS12 Belubula Alluvium
NSW GS44 Upper Lachlan Alluvium
NSW GS21 Lake George Alluvium
NSW GS31 Mid-Murrumbidgee Alluvium
NSW GS13 Billabong Creek Alluvium
NSW GS42 Upper Darling Alluvium
SA GS2 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges
SA GS6 SA Murray
SA GS7 SA Murray salt interception schemes

 

Total groundwater use reported in the 2011 Account for the 2010–11 year under line items 18.7, 18.11 and 18.12 was 367,981 ML. The volume was updated as 393,593 ML for the 2012 Account.  The volumes were based on available information for the accounts.  Particularly information was not available for Queensland and several SDL areas in New South Wales. Murray–Darling Basin Authority (2012j) reported the total groundwater use in the Basin as 511,000 ML for the 2010–11 year.

Quantification approach

Data source

(1) New South Wales Office of Water: water access licence statistics; (2) South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources; and (3) Murray–Darling Basin Authority: water audit monitoring (WAM) data received from Australian Capital Territory (10 January 2013) and Victoria (21 March 2013), and stored in the HYDRO database.

Provided by

Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau).

Method

Metered extractions were as compiled by the states.

Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations

Information for New South Wales is based on data available in New South Wales Office of Water's water access licence statistics at the data collection stage. It is possible that changes if any from subsequent update to that data base have not been included in this line item.


The New South Wales Government does not guarantee that data are current nor does it guarantee that the data or the data capturing processes are free from corruption or error. Data provided are preliminary and New South Wales Office of Water's quality assurance procedures may be incomplete. The New South Wales Office of Water cannot warrant and does not represent that the material that appears on its website or any linked websites is complete, current, reliable and/or free from error.

Uncertainty information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

Comparative year

This line item corresponds to line item 18.11 'Groundwater allocation extraction' reported in the 2011 Account.