Murray–Darling Basin
33.1 Other statutory groundwater rights

Supporting information

The volumetric value for the line item for the 2011–12 year was 194,176 ML. The line item includes groundwater rights (including land owner basic rights, and mining rights not under water access entitlements) other than entitlements within the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) region. The following table presents breakdown information for the line item value on sustainable diversion limit area basis.

   

Other statutory groundwater rights in the MDB region as applicable in the 2011–12 year
Groundwater resource plan area

Sustainable diversion limit area  

State

 Volume (ML) for the 2011–12 year 

Data source

Code

Name

GW18 New South Wales Border Rivers Alluvium

GS32 and GS33

NSW Border Rivers Alluvium and NSW Border Rivers Tributary Alluvium NSW

380

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012
GW17 New England Fractured Rock and Northern Basalts

GS18

Inverell Basalt NSW

1,073

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011

GS22

Liverpool Ranges Basalt NSW

1,828

GS37

New England Fold Belt NSW

14,520

GS49

Warrumbungle Basalt NSW

540

GW16 Eastern Porous Rock

GS17

Gunnedah–Oxley Basin MDB  NSW

5,778

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011

GS41

Sydney Basin MDB NSW

465

GW15 Gwydir Alluvium

GS24

Lower Gwydir Alluvium NSW

700

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Gwydir Groundwater Source 2003
GW14 Namoi Alluvium

GS29

Lower Namoi Alluvium NSW

3,304

Water Sharing Plan for Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater Sources 2003

GS40

Peel Valley Alluvium NSW

4,292

Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2010

GS47

Upper Namoi Alluvium NSW

2,832

Water Sharing Plan for Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater Sources 2003
GW13 New South Wales Great Artesian Basin Shallow

GS34 to GS 36

New South Wales GAB: Surat Shallow, Warrego Shallow and Central Shallow NSW

3,268

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Shallow Groundwater Sources 2011
Water Sharing Plan for the Intersecting Streams Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
GW12 Macquarie–Castlereagh Alluvium

GS14

Castlereagh Alluvium NSW

84

Water Sharing Plan for the Castlereagh (below Binnaway) Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011

GS26

Lower Macquarie Alluvium NSW

1,730

Water Sharing Plan for Lower Macquarie Groundwater Sources 2003
GW 11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock

GS19

Kanmantoo Fold Belt NSW

8,154

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
Sub-total Northern Basin

48,948

 
GW 11 Lachlan and South Western Fractured Rock

GS10

Adelaide Fold Belt NSW

2,143

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011

GS 20 

Lachlan Fold Belt NSW

75,464

GS39

Orange Basalt NSW

1,158

GS51

Young Granite NSW

759

GW7 Darling Alluvium 

GS23

Lower Darling Alluvium NSW

730

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
GW10 Lachlan Alluvium

GS25

Lower Lachlan Alluvium NSW

4,000

Water Sharing Plan for Lower Lachlan Groundwater Source 2003
GW9 Murrumbidgee Alluvium

GS28

Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium (deep: Calivil formation and Renmark Group) NSW

1,000

Water Sharing Plan for Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Source 2003
Lower Murrumbidgee Alluvium (shallow: Shepparton formation) NSW

3,000

Water Sharing Plan for Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Source 2003
GW8 Murray Alluvium

GS27

Lower Murray Alluvium (Deep; Renmark Group and Calivil formation) NSW

1,525

Water Sharing Plan for Lower Murray Groundwater Source
Lower Murray Alluvium (Shallow; Shepparton formation) NSW

988

Water Sharing Plan for Lower Murray Shallow Groundwater Source 2012

GS46

Upper Murray Alluvium NSW

402

Water Sharing Plan for the Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011
GW6 Western Porous Rock

GS50

Western Porous Rock NSW

26,747

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011
GW 2 Goulburn–Murray

GS08

Goulburn–Murray Vic.

23,348

Victorian Water Accounts 2010–11 and Upper Ovens River Water Management Plan 2012
GW3 Wimmera–Mallee (groundwater)

GS09

Wimmera–Mallee Vic.

1,994

Victorian Water Accounts 2010–11 
GW5 Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges

GS04

Marne Saunders (Murray Group limestone and Renmark Group) SA

270

Water Allocation Plan for the Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area
GW4 SA Murray

GS03

Mallee (Pliocene Sands, Murray Group limestone and Renmark Group) SA

1,100

Water Allocation Plan for Mallee Prescribed Wells Area and Water Allocation Plan for the Noora Prescribed Wells Area

GS05 

Peake–Roby–Sherlock (confined) SA

410

Water Allocation Plan for the Peake, Roby and Sherlock Prescribed Wells Area
Peake–Roby–Sherlock (unconfined) SA

190

Sub-total Southern Basin

145,228

 
Total for the region

194,176

 

 

The table provides information about New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Information about other statutory groundwater rights in Australian Capital Territory and Queensland was not available to be reported.

Quantification approach

Data source

See 'Supporting information'.

Provided by

Bureau of Meteorology.

Method

Extracted/calculated from jurisdictional water sharing plans for groundwater resources.

Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations

The entitlement volumes reported are the initial volumes of the water sharing plans. The actual volumes of entitlements during the 2011–12 year may be different from the initial volumes on issue at the time of the water plans' commencement, due to conversions between classes or issue of new entitlements. Note that trade (ownership transfer), water savings projects or buy back of entitlements for environmental purpose do not change the volume entitled within a class but only its ownership.

Uncertainty information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

 

Comparative year

The following changes resulted in the restatement of the 2010–11 year volume:

  • scope change
  • error correction.

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

 

Restatement of comparative year information made for the line item 33.1 Other statutory groundwater rights

Segment

2012 Account volume for the 2010–11 year (ML)

2011 Account volume for the 2010–11 year (ML)

Difference due to scope change and prior period error correction (ML)

Northern Basin

12,858

12,858

0

Southern Basin

36,437

10,825

25,612

Whole region

49,295

23,683

25,612

Scope change was due to the following reason:

  • Information on other statutory rights for several groundwater management areas and water supply protection areas in Victoria was not included in the 2011 Account. The areas are Alexandra, Barnawatha, Kinglake, Loddon Highlands, Lower Ovens, Mid-Goulburn, Mullindolingong, Upper Ovens, Little Desert, Nhill and unincorporated areas. Information for these areas has been included in the 2012 Account. Resulting volume for this scope change is 18,368 ML.

Prior period error correction was due to the following reasons:

  • Information on other statutory rights for several Victorian groundwater management areas and water supply protection areas for which entitlement volumes were provided was not included in the 2011 Account. The areas are Katunga, Lower Campaspe valley, Mid-Loddon, Shepparton Irrigation Region, Balrootan, Goroke, Kaniva, Murrayville and Telopea. Information for these areas has been included in the 2012 Account. Resulting volume for this scope change is 6,974 ML.

  • Information on other statutory rights for Marne Saunders prescribed water resources area in South Australia (270 ML) was not included in the 2011 Account.