Water allocation statements

Water allocation statements are issued to announce allocations for a specific water source and licence category. These statements may also be issued to provide a summary of current allocations, outlook and possible future water availability scenarios for major river valleys and systems.

When an opportunity to access a supplementary flow event occurs, the department approves such events and WaterNSW issues ‘Supplementary announcements’.

The current drought stage for each river valley is included in the statement. These range from Stage 1 (normal operations) to Stage 4 (critical drought). The drought stage is determined in accordance with the critical trigger levels outlined in the incident response guides (IRGs) developed by the department. Further information on the IRGs is available at extreme events.

Water allocation statements for the current year and past five years can be accessed below. If you require historical information, browse the NSW Water Register or the water documents archive portal.


Date Title
2020 01 22 NSW Border Rivers 170.3 KB
2020 01 22 Peel Valley 174.0 KB
2020 01 15 Lachlan Valley 535.3 KB
2020 01 15 Murrumbidgee Valley 805.5 KB
2020 01 15 NSW Murray and Lower Darling 1.0 MB
2020 01 14 Macquarie-Cudgegong Valleys 240.6 KB
2020 01 10 Namoi Valley 153.3 KB
2020 01 10 Gwydir Valley 550.3 KB
2020 01 07 Richmond Valley 220.5 KB

Past years' statements