Murray–Darling Basin
32.2 Surface water access entitlement for non-allocated diversions

Supporting information

The volumetric value for the line item for the 2011–12 year was 4,848,513 ML. The line item includes surface water entitlement or other arrangement for which no surface water liability was recognised in the 2012 Account. For the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) region, the line item includes surface water access entitlements that give access to unregulated flow, including supplementary entitlements (entitlements within regulated systems that give access to unregulated flow in New South Wales). 

The following table presents summarised information for the line item on Water Resource Plan (WRP) area basis. Subsequent tables provide breakdown information on sustainable diversion limit (SDL) area basis.

 

Summary of surface water access entitlement for direct diversion in the MDB region as applicable in the 2011–12 year
WRP area

State/Territory

 Volume (ML) 

 Code

Name

Unregulated entitlements (excluding supplementary entitlements)

Supplementary entitlements 

Total

SW19 WarregoParoo– Nebine  Qld 116,399 0 116,399
SW18 Condamine–Balonne  Qld 2,241,243 0 2,241,243
SW17 Moonie  Qld 76,480 0 76,480
SW16 Qld Border Rivers  Qld 400,452 0 400,452
SW15 NSW Border Rivers  NSW 32,421 120,001 152,422
SW11 Barwon–Darling Watercourse  NSW 181,102 0 181,102
SW12 NSW Intersecting Streams  NSW 32,764 0 32,764
SW14 Gwydir  NSW 45,356 177,347 222,703
SW13 Namoi  NSW 122,988 115,469 238,457
SW10 Macquarie–Castlereagh  NSW 69,090 49,899 118,989
Sub-total Northern Basin 3,318,295 462,716 3,781,010
SW9 Lachlan  NSW 26,723 0 26,723
SW8 Murrumbidgee  NSW 62,594 198,780 261,374
SW7 NSW Murray and Lower Darling  NSW 50,833 502,368 553,201
SW3 Northern Victoria  Vic. 137,716 0 137,716
SW2 Vic. Murray  Vic. 83,029 0 83,029
SW4 Wimmera–Malee   Vic. 0 0 0
SW6 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges SA 0 0 0
SW5 SA Murray SA 0 0 0
SW1 ACT   ACT 5,460 0 5,460
Sub-total Southern Basin 366,355 701,148 1,067,503
Total for the region 3,684,650 1,163,863 4,848,513


Details of surface water access entitlements that give access to unregulated flow in the MDB region as applicable in the 2011–12 year
WRP area

SDL area

Entitlement class

State

Limit type

 Volume (ML) for the 2011–12 year 

Data source

Additional comments

Code

Name

SW19 Warrego–Paroo –Nebine  SS29 Paroo Unsupplemented water allocations with no flow conditions Qld Volumetric 70 Qld WAM 2011–12 data The Warrego, Paroo, Bullo and Nebine Resource Operations Plan January 2006 (Attachment 4C) indicate that of the 70 ML on issue at the commencement of the plan, 30 ML for Balonne Shire Council: possibly for urban use; however WAM treats this as all irrigation, hence it is shown here as irrigation.
Unsupplemented water licences – urban Qld Volumetric 5 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
SS28 Warrego Unsupplemented water allocations with flow conditions Qld Volumetric 103,300 Qld WAM 2011–12 data Includes 16,050 ML environmental entitlement
Unsupplemented water allocations with no flow conditions Qld Volumetric 3,630 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences Qld Nominal 190 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
SS27 Nebine Unsupplemented water allocations with flow conditions Qld Volumetric 7,220 Qld WAM 2011–12 data Includes 5,920 ML environmental entitlement
Unsupplemented water allocations with no flow conditions Qld Volumetric 1,750 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences Qld Volumetric 75 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences – urban Qld Volumetric 159 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
SW18 Condamine–Balonne  SS26 Condamine–Balonne Unsupplemented water allocations with flow conditions Qld Volumetric 2,197,745 Qld WAM 2011–12 data Includes 35,031 ML environmental entitlement
Unsupplemented water allocations with no flow conditions Qld Volumetric 36,788 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences Qld Nominal 50 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences – urban Qld Volumetric 6,660 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
SW17 Moonie SS25 Moonie Unsupplemented water licences – urban Qld Volumetric 10 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water allocations with flow conditions Qld Volumetric 74,349 Qld WAM 2011–12 data Includes 1,415 ML environmental entitlement
Unsupplemented water allocations with no flow conditions Qld Volumetric 1,784 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences Qld Volumetric 337 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
SW16 Qld Border Rivers SS24 Qld Border Rivers Unsupplemented water allocations with flow conditions Qld Volumetric 396,575 Qld WAM 2011–12 data Includes 1,000 ML environmental entitlement
Unsupplemented water allocations with no flow conditions Qld Volumetric 1,140 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences Qld Nominal 60 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
Unsupplemented water licences – urban Qld Volumetric 2,677 Qld WAM 2011–12 data  
SW15 NSW Border Rivers SS23 NSW Border Rivers Domestic and stock NSW Entitlement 518 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012
Tenterfield Creek and unregulated Border Rivers
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 2014 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012
Tenterfield Creek and unregulated Border Rivers
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 29,889 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012
Tenterfield Creek and unregulated Border Rivers.
The value for Unregulated Border Rivers is based on long-term water availability. The value includes 92 ML of special additional high flow access licence volume.
SW11 Barwon–Darling Watercourse  SS19 Barwon–Darling Watercourse Domestic and Stock NSW Entitlement 2,660 Draft Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon–Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources   
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 5,404 Draft Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon–Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources   
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 173,038 Draft Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon–Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources  Includes 22,275 ML environmental entitlements
SW12 NSW Intersecting Streams  SS17 NSW Intersecting Streams Domestic and Stock NSW Entitlement 219 Water Sharing Plan for the Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
Moonie, Narran, Culgoa, Warrego and Paroo rivers, and Yanda Creek water sources
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 312 Water Sharing Plan for the Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
Culgoa and Paroo rivers water sources
Unregulated licensed entitlements NSW Entitlement 32,233 Water Sharing Plan for the Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
(i) Moonie, Narran, Culgoa, Warrego and Paroo rivers, and Yanda Creek water sources (ii)includes 8,106 environmental entitlements in the Warrego River
SW14 Gwydir SS22 Gwydir Domestic and Stock NSW Entitlement 27 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics Rocky Creek, Cobbadah, upper Horton and lower Horton water source 
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 45,329 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics Rocky Creek, Cobbadah, upper Horton and lower Horton water source 
SW13 Namoi SS21 Namoi Domestic and Stock NSW Entitlement 366 Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2010
NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics for Phillips Creek, Mooki River, Quirindi Creek and Warrah Creek
 
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 6,600 Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2010
NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics for Phillips Creek, Mooki River, Quirindi Creek and Warrah Creek
 
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 116,022 Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2010
NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics for Phillips Creek, Mooki River, Quirindi Creek and Warrah Creek
NSW WAM 2011–12 data
Total entitlements have riparian rights of 4,148 ML deducted.
SW10 Macquarie–Castlereagh SS20 Macquarie–Castlereagh Domestic and Stock NSW Entitlement 413 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
Castlereagh River unregulated
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 2,779 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
Castlereagh River unregulated
Unregulated Entitlement NSW Entitlement 44,501 NSW WAM 2011–12 data Total unregulated entitlements of 69,090 ML for the region have other unregulated rights of 413 ML for stock and domestic, 2,779 ML for urban and 21,397 ML for Castlereagh unregulated deducted.
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 21,397 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
Castlereagh River unregulated
Sub-total Northern Basin 3,318,295    
SW9 Lachlan SS16 Lachlan Domestic and stock NSW Entitlement 94 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics Mandagery Creek water source
Unregulated entitlement NSW Entitlement 26,629 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
NSW WAM 2011–12 data
Mandagery Creek water source
SW8 Murrumbidgee NSW SS15 Murrumbidgee NSW Domestic and stock NSW Entitlement 181 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics Adelong and Tarcutta creeks
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 30 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics Adelong and Tarcutta creeks
Unregulated entitlement NSW Entitlement 62,383 NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
NSW WAM 2011–12 data
 
SW7 NSW Murray and Lower Darling  SS18 Lower Darling Domestic and stock NSW Entitlement 29 Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray–Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011  
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 2,424 Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray–Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011  
SS14 NSW Murray Domestic and stock NSW Entitlement 727 Water Sharing Plan for the Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
Murray unregulated and slluvial water sources and upper Billabong water source
Local water utility access licences NSW Entitlement 639 Water Sharing Plan for the Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
Murray unregulated and alluvial water sources
Unregulated river access licences NSW Entitlement 47,014 Water Sharing Plan for the Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
NSW Office of Water: water access licence statistics
NSW WAM 2011–12 data
(i) Murray unregulated and alluvial water sources and upper Billabong water source
(ii) includes 12,965 ML Poon–Boon environmental entitlements
SW2 Vic. Murray SS3 Kiewa Urban entitlements – unregulated Kiewa Vic. Entitlement 1,106 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
Unregulated licenses – Kiewa private diverters Vic. Entitlement 18,487 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
SW3 Northern Victoria  SS4 Ovens Urban bulk entitlements – unregulated Vic. Entitlement 3,397 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data Bright 704 ML, Beechworth 1,100 ML, Glenrowan 90 ML, Harrietville 91 ML, Myrtleford 1,212 ML, Porpunkah 166 ML, and Whitfield 34 ML. 
SW3 Northern Victoria  Spillage sales Vic. Entitlement 12,535 Victorian Water Register  This is an unregulated entitlement held by irrigators in the "regulated" part of the system. It is highly reliable, but can be accessed only until storages cease to spill (usually in December or January). Storages typically spill for 6–10 months of the year.
SW3 Northern Victoria  Unregulated licences Vic. Entitlement 25,006 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
SS5 Broken Unregulated licences – Broken Vic. Entitlement 10,145 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
Urban bulk entitlements – unregulated Broken Vic. Entitlement 0 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
SS6 Goulburn Unregulated licences – Goulburn Vic. Entitlement 39,695 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
Urban unregulated licences – Goulburn Vic. Entitlement 7,138 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
SS7 Campaspe Urban bulk entitlements – unregulated Campaspe Vic. Entitlement 470 Victorian Water Register and Vic WAM 2011–12 Woodend bulk entitlement
Unregulated licences – Campaspe Vic. Entitlement 8,121 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
SS8 Loddon Urban bulk entitlements – unregulated Loddon Vic. Entitlement 1,416 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
Unregulated licences – Loddon Vic. Entitlement 29,793 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
SW2 Vic. Murray SS2 Vic. Murray Urban entitlements – unregulated Murray Vic. Entitlement 866 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data  
Unregulated licenses – Murray private diverters Vic. Entitlement 62,570 Vic. WAM 2011–12 data Includes 34,300 ML supplementary environmental entitlements
SW1 ACT   SS1 ACT   Private surface water irrigation diversions ACT Entitlement 5,460 ACT WAM 2010–11  
Sub-total Southern Basin 366,355    
Total for the region 3,684,650    

– = Data not available, WAM = Water audit monitoring 


 

Details of surface water supplementary entitlements in the MDB region as applicable in the 2011–12 year
WRP area

SDL area

Entitlement class

State

 Volume (ML) for the 2011–12 year 

Data source

Additional comments

Code

Name

SW15 NSW Border Rivers SS23 NSW Border Rivers Supplementary water NSW 120,001 NSW Office of Water – Accounting Regulated Border Rivers
SW14 Gwydir SS22 Gwydir Supplementary water access NSW 177,347 NSW Office of Water – Accounting Includes Gwydir Regulated River: Includes 19,540 ML environmental entitlements
SW13 Namoi SS21 Namoi Supplementary water access NSW 115,469 NSW Office of Water – Accounting Includes Upper Namoi, Lower Namoi and Peel regulated Rivers
SW10 Macquarie–Castlereagh SS20 Macquarie–Castlereagh Supplementary water access NSW 49,899 NSW Office of Water – Accounting Includes Macquarie regulated supplementary licences: Includes 3,340 ML environmental entitlements
Sub-total Northern Basin 462,716    
SW8 Murrumbidgee NSW SS15 Murrumbidgee NSW Supplementary water NSW 198,780 NSW Office of Water – Accounting Includes Murrumbidgee regulated: Includes 33,227 ML environmental entitlements
SW7 NSW Murray and Lower Darling  SS18 Lower Darling Supplementary water access NSW 250,000 NSW Office of Water – Accounting This is an environmental entitlement
SS14 NSW Murray Supplementary water access NSW 252,368 NSW Office of Water – Accounting Includes NSW Murray Regulated River: Includes 100,000 ML environmental entitlements
Sub-total Southern Basin  701,148    
Total for the region 1,163,863    
– = Data not available

As stated in the 'Additional comments' column, values provided in the above two tables include entitlement volumes held / owned by environmental managers in the MDB region as applicable in the 2011–12 year. 

 

Water restrictions

Information on water restrictions is included in Water access region note.

 

Quantification approach

Data source

See the 'Data source' stated in the tables provided under 'Supporting information'.

Provided by

Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau).

Method

Values were extracted from jurisdictional water sharing plans (see the table in 'Supporting information').

Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations

Information for some SDL areas has been extracted from draft water sharing plans (See the 'Data source' stated in the tables provided under 'Supporting information'). Values extracted from draft water sharing plans are estimations.

See 'Additional comments' in the breakdown table in 'Supporting information' for other assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations.

 

Uncertainty information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

 

Comparative year

This line item corresponds to line item 32.2 'Surface water access entitlement for direct diversion' reported in the 2011 Account. Availability of updated information resulted in including following information for the 2010–11 year in the 2012 Account:

  • unregulated urban licences for Goulburn SDL area (7,379 ML)
  • unsupplemented urban water licence volume for Paroo (5 ML), Condamine-Balonne (6,517 ML) and Qld Border Rivers (1,222 ML) SDL areas.

The respective volumes associated with the change are detailed in the following table.

 
Restatement of comparative year information made for the line item 32.2 Surface water access entitlement for non-allocated diversions
2011 Account line item Segment 2012 Account volume for the 2010–11 year (ML) 2011 Account volume for the 2010–11 year (ML) Difference due to updating information (ML)
32.2 Surface water access entitlement for direct diversion Northern Basin 3,728,883 3,721,139 7,744
Southern Basin 1,063,800 1,056,421 7,379
Whole region 4,792,683 4,777,560 15,123