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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 - Consultation now open 

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

River Murray irrigators are being consulted from August to September 2018 in an effort to understand the type and frequency of water outlook information needed to improve business planning and the best way of delivering that information.

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. We would like feedback on this approach and any other suggestions to improve the allocation announcement process.

To provide comment during the consultation period, please visit

Consultation closes 5pm Friday 14 September 2018

Fact sheet: Improved allocation announcements for River Murray irrigators

Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

Consultation is underway to hear community views on changes to the Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse.

Changes have been made to the 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, please visit the Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin website.

The 2017 Water Allocation Plan

The Board is currently consulting on a new Water Allocation Plan but it is important to know that the existing Water Allocation Plan was adopted in October 2017 and is now in place. 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

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