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Topics > River Murray > Water allocation

Historical allocations

Summary of opening water allocations

Water yearOpening minimum allocations
2020-2140%
2019-2026%
2018-19100%
2017-18100%
2016-1736%
2015-16100%
2014-15100%
2013-14100%
2012-13100%
2011-12100%
2010-1121%
2009-102%

How and when allocations improve

The following graph shows how and when allocations improved during selected water years from 2008-09 to 2019-20.

Historical allocations

Some observations:

  • Allocation improvements are most likely to occur between July to November, which is when most inflows occur.
  • In the driest years of the Millennium drought (until 2011-12), allocations did not increase to 100 percent.
  • Since 2011-12, allocations have increased to 100 per cent every year.

2020-21 allocations

Minimum water allocations in 2020-21 for South Australian Class 3 (High Security) and Class 8 entitlement holders reached 100 per cent from 17 August 2020.

DateLicence categoryAllocationsAllocation statementAllocation announcement
17 August 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%NAAnnouncement
Class 2 (country towns)77%
Class 3 (High Security)100%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Metropolitan Adelaide50%
Class 8 (environmental land management)100%
3 August 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%StatementAnnouncement
Class 2 (country towns)77%
Class 3 (High Security)81%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Metropolitan Adelaide50%
Class 8 (environmental land management)81%
15-16 July 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%StatementAnnouncement
Class 2 (country towns)77%
Class 3 (High Security)77%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Metropolitan Adelaide50%
Class 8 (environmental land management)100%
1 July 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%StatementAnnouncement
Class 2 (country towns)68%
Class 3 (High Security)54%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Metropolitan Adelaide50%
Class 8 (environmental land management)54%
15 June 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%StatementAnnouncement
Class 3 (High Security)40%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Class 8 (environmental land management)40%
15 May 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%StatementAnnouncement
Class 3 (High Security)8%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Class 8 (environmental land management)8%
15 April 2020Class 1 (stock and domestic)100%StatementAnnouncement
Class 3 (High Security)2%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy)100%
Class 8 (environmental land management)2%

2019-20 allocations

DateAllocations for Class 3 (High Security) entitlement holdersAllocation statementAllocation announcement
15 November 2019 100%StatementAnnouncement
1 November 2019 94%StatementAnnouncement
15 October 2019 87%StatementAnnouncement
1 October 2019 87%StatementAnnouncement
16 September 2019 81%StatementAnnouncement
2 September 2019 74%StatementAnnouncement
15 August 2019 68%StatementAnnouncement
1 August 2019 50%StatementAnnouncement
15 July 2019 38%StatementAnnouncement
1 July 2019 31%StatementAnnouncement
14 June 2019 Opening allocation 26%StatementAnnouncement
15 May 2019 Projected minimum allocation 22%StatementAnnouncement
15 April 2019 Projected minimum allocation 14%StatementAnnouncement

Please note: no allocation statements were provided prior to the 2019-20 water year.