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Historical allocations

Summary of opening water allocations 

Water year Opening minimum allocations
2020-21 40%
2019-20 26%
2018-19 100%
2017-18 100%
2016-17 36%
2015-16 100%
2014-15 100%
2013-14 100%
2012-13 100%
2011-12 100%
2010-11 21%
2009-10 2%

How and when allocations improve  

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

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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. 

Date Licence category Allocations Allocation statement Allocation announcement
17 August 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% NA Announcement
Class 2 (country towns) 77%
Class 3 (High Security) 100%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Metropolitan Adelaide 50%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 100%
3 August 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% Statement Announcement
Class 2 (country towns) 77%
Class 3 (High Security) 81%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Metropolitan Adelaide 50%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 81%
15-16 July 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% Statement Announcement
Class 2 (country towns) 77%
Class 3 (High Security) 77%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Metropolitan Adelaide 50%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 100%
1 July 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% Statement Announcement
Class 2 (country towns) 68%
Class 3 (High Security) 54%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Metropolitan Adelaide 50%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 54%
15 June 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% Statement Announcement
Class 3 (High Security) 40%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 40%
15 May 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% Statement Announcement
Class 3 (High Security) 8%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 8%
15 April 2020 Class 1 (stock and domestic) 100% Statement Announcement
Class 3 (High Security) 2%
Class 5 (industrial and dairy) 100%
Class 8 (environmental land management) 2%

2019-20 allocations

Date Allocations for Class 3 (High Security) entitlement holders Allocation statement Allocation announcement
15 November 2019  100% Statement Announcement
1 November 2019  94% Statement Announcement
15 October 2019  87% Statement Announcement
1 October 2019  87% Statement Announcement
16 September 2019  81% Statement Announcement
2 September 2019  74% Statement Announcement
15 August 2019  68% Statement Announcement
1 August 2019  50% Statement Announcement
15 July 2019  38% Statement Announcement
1 July 2019  31% Statement Announcement
14 June 2019  Opening allocation 26% Statement Announcement
15 May 2019  Projected minimum allocation 22% Statement Announcement
15 April 2019  Projected minimum allocation 14% Statement  Announcement 

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

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