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Topics > River Murray > Water allocation > Carryover and other options

Alternatives to South Australian carryover

Not all water entitlements in the Southern Connected System have access to carryover and the way carryover works in each state is different.

Victorian carryover

In Victoria, carryover is available for high and low reliability water entitlement shares. Any carryover plus new allocation greater than the volume of the entitlement is set aside in “spillable” accounts and only becomes available when the Victorian Resource Manage declares a low risk (<10 per cent chance) of spill from Hume Reservoir. If Victorian water in Hume spills, some or all of the allocation in the spillable accounts may be lost, as occurred in October 2016.

New South Wales carryover

NSW Murray and Lower Darling general security entitlement holders may carryover up to 50 per cent of their entitlement volume, but if the sum of their carryover allocation plus annual allocation is greater than 110 per cent of their entitlement volume, any additional annual allocation is forfeited. Other licenses including those in relation to high security, stock and domestic, conveyance, water utility and supplementary water do not have access to carryover.

NSW Murrumbidgee general security entitlement holders may carryover up to 30 per cent of their entitlement volume, but if the sum of their carryover allocation plus annual allocation is greater than 100 per cent of their entitlement volume, the additional allocation is forfeited. Other licenses including those in relation to high security, stock and domestic, conveyance, water utility and supplementary water do not have access to carryover.