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

SA private carryover frequently asked questions

Will private carryover be available in 2023-24?

In accordance with the Water Allocation Plan for the South Australian River Murray Prescribed Watercourse, access to private carryover is only available to eligible users when the projected minimum opening irrigation allocation is 50 per cent or less. As the worst case projected minimum opening allocation for 2023-24 is 100 per cent, private carryover will NOT be available in the 2023-24 water year.

What is private carryover?

Private carryover is a drought management measure that provides flexibility to eligible water users by allowing for some unused water allocation at the end of one water year to be granted for use in a following dry water year.

When does private carryover apply?

Private carryover is made available when the projected opening minimum allocation is 50 per cent or less.

If you hold Class 3 (High Security) water access entitlements and meet the eligibility requirements, you can carry over unused water up to 20 per cent of the value of your entitlements.

For example, if you hold 100,000 Class 3 (High Security) water access entitlements, you can carry over up to 20,000 kilolitres of unused entitlement.

How will I find out if private carryover applies?

The projected minimum opening allocation announcement is made in April each year. If the announcement is 50 per cent or less, carryover will automatically apply.

Keep an eye on the current allocations for up-to-date information.