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Water allocations and announcements

Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

The new Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse was adopted on 3 October 2017 and announced by the Minister for Water and the River Murray, Ian Hunter in Murray Bridge on 13 October 2017.

The plan includes important information about the way we take and use water from the River Murray. To see the plan and find out what this means for you, please go to the NR SAMDB website 

After July 2018, authorisations will be reissued to reflect some of the changes in the plan. Until then, your current authorisations remain valid. For further information about your authorisations, call the Berri water licensing team on (08) 8595 2053, drop in for a visit at 2 Wade Street, Berri or email

Water allocations 2017-18

South Australia’s River Murray water access entitlement holders will receive a 100 per cent water allocation in 2017-18, thanks to last spring’s highest inflows in 23 years.

To view previous water allocation announcements, visit the Historical Water Allocation page.

Private Carryover 2017-18

Due to the forecast risk of spill in Dartmouth during 2017-18 being greater than 10 per cent, South Australian River Murray private carryover will not be granted in 2017-18. This is in line with the private carryover policy.

More information on private carryover

Private Carryover 2016-17

Eligible South Australian River Murray water access entitlement holders were granted private carryover in 2016-17.

River Murray Water Allocation Framework 2016-17

The objective of River Murray Water Allocation Framework is to optimise the allocation and use of water that becomes available to South Australia to support the long-term sustainability and viability of the South Australian community for the greatest net benefit of the whole community.

The Framework applies to South Australia’s 1850 gigalitres (GL) Entitlement Flow only and excludes unregulated flow, as this flow remains in the river for the environment.

Access the 2016-17 South Australian River Murray Water Allocation Framework.

The Adelaide Desalination Plant (ADP) Cost Benefit Study

The independent cost-benefit study, undertaken by Marsden Jacobs Associate, is now available online.

Water Resources Update

The Murray-Darling Basin Water Resources Update provides information on:

  • recent inflows to the Basin
  • volume of water in storage (Murray-Darling Basin Authority controlled)
  • Bureau of Meteorology’s three month weather outlook.

Access the latest Water Resources Update

River Murray Flow Reports

For more information about River Murray operations and water resource conditions please refer to the weekly River Murray Flow Reports.

Historical Water Allocations

During the Millennium Drought, it was necessary to place restrictions on water allocations to share, conserve and manage the restricted volume of water available to South Australia. 

Water restrictions that have applied to South Australian Water Access Entitlement Holders in the past are summarised in a table showing monthly water allocations since July 2002 .

Average reliability of allocations

Full list of River Murray water allocations - all classes, 2002 - 2018 

What is a water announcement?

A water announcement is information that is reasonably likely to have a material effect on the price or value of a Murray-Darling Basin water access right. Water announcements are defined in section 12.49 of the Basin Plan 2012 water trading rules and include:

  • allocation announcements
  • private carryover  announcements
  • any other public announcement from the Minister that may have a material effect on the price or value of a water access right.

The South Australian Minister publishes water announcements in the South Australian Government Gazette and in a media release that is uploaded on the DEWNR website.

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