South East Queensland
32.2 Surface water access entitlement for non–allocated diversions

Supporting information

The volumetric value for the line item at the end of the 2011–12 year was 31,258 ML.

This line item consists of two different types of entitlements:

  • water licence diversions for stock and domestic use
  • unsupplemented surface water licences

The number of stock and domestic water licences can be seen in the following table. Although not a volumetric licence, it is expected that around 2 ML will be diverted for each licence.


Water licences for stock and domestic use
Water resource plan (WRP) area

No of water licences

Estimated diversion

Gold Coast 27 54
Logan Basin 259 518
Moreton 292 584
Total South East Queensland (SEQ) region 578 1,156


The volume of unsupplemented surface water licences can be seen in the table below.

Unsupplemented surface water entitlements
Water resource plan (WRP) area

Nominal volume

Gold Coast 1,732
Logan Basin 6,247
Moreton 22,123
Total SEQ region 30,102



  • In the Gold Coast WRP area there were 285 unsupplemented non-volumetric surface water licences, of which 213 were area-based licences for a total land coverage of 1,052 ha
  • In the Logan Basin WRP area there were 468 unsupplemented non-volumetric surface water licences
  • The Gold Coast and Logan Basin WRP area unsupplemented entitlements include entitlements both within and outside WSS and water management areas (WMAs)
  • The nominal volume is defined in Schedule 4 of the Water Act 2000 (Qld) as the number used to calculate the entitlement holder's share of the water available to be taken by holders of entitlements in all entitlement groups in the water resource plan area.

The volume associated with riparian entitlement within WSSs could not be quantified for the 2012 Account.


Quantification approach

Data source

Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) Water Management System database.

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Data on water licences for stock and domestic use and unsupplemented surface water licences was obtained from the DNRM Water Management System database.

Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations

The assumed diversion rate of 2 ML per property may not be appropriate for all users and adds uncertainty to the estimated volume of the entitlement.

Uncertainty information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

Comparative year

This line item was reported as '32.2 Surface water access entitlement for direct diversion' in the 2011 Account.