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Water allocations 2018-19

Due to the water resources availability across the Murray-Darling Basin:

  • South Australia’s River Murray water access entitlement holders will receive a 100% water allocation in 2018-19; and
  • Private carryover water will not be made available.

Water allocations are determined based on South Australia’s water resource availability and the approach to water allocation detailed in the Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse. More information can be found on the SA Murray-Darling Basin website

View previous water allocation announcements - historical water allocation.

Media Release

16 April 2018 - Water allocations for 2018-19 to open at 100%

Improved allocation announcements for River Murray irrigators

The South Australian Government is committed to giving greater support to River Murray irrigators to help them in their forward planning.

The government has heard that the approach to allocation announcements can be improved to better inform irrigators’ business planning. A proposed new approach is set out in this fact sheet.

Stakeholder consultation on the proposal to improve the process for irrigation allocation announcements has been completed.

In early 2019, we will release a new procedure for water allocation announcements, including the updated range of water outlook information.

The new water allocation announcement process will be used for River Murray water allocation announcements for the 2019-2020 water year.

Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

The existing Water Allocation Plan was adopted in 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 SA Murray-Darling Basin website 

Further changes are being made to the 2017 Water Allocation Plan to make sure it is compliant with Basin Plan requirements and to progress some existing policies in the plan.

For more information, visit the SA Murray-Darling Basin website or call the Berri water licensing team on (08) 8595 2053, drop in for a visit at 2 Wade Street, Berri or email

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