Controlled allocations

Most water sources in NSW are fully committed and water access licences can usually only be obtained through the water trading market. However, in water sources with unassigned water , the right to apply for water access licences can also be provided through controlled allocation orders. The water access licences obtained through a controlled allocation include a share component of the available, unassigned water.

What is a controlled allocation of access licences?

A controlled allocation provides a right to acquire a water access licence for a specified water management area or water source by auction, tender or other means specified in an order published in the Government Gazette.

For more information on the legal provisions for controlled allocations see section 65 of the Water Management Act 2000.

Strategy for the controlled allocation of groundwater

The new Strategy for the controlled allocation of groundwater (PDF, 33.08 KB) (Strategy) now provides a coordinated framework for the controlled allocation process into the future. It sets out objectives and principles that guide the way controlled allocations are run.

The Strategy also explains the reasons for setting minimum prices for each water source and information about how the minimum prices are set.

Controlled allocation orders

2018 (current) controlled allocation order

The <Controlled Allocation Amendment Order (Various Groundwater Sources) 2018> was gazetted on 8 June 2018 and amends the 2017 (current) controlled allocation order. For information on the current orders go to Controlled allocation order 2017.

2017 controlled allocation order

A new controlled allocation order was gazetted on 5 May 2017. For information on the 2017 order go to Controlled allocation order 2017.

2014 controlled allocation order

This order made water available in 20 groundwater sources. It made 5% of the unassigned water in each of these groundwater sources available through a tender process.

For details of the water bought go to Outcomes of controlled allocation order 2014 (PDF, 208.49 KB).

2013 controlled allocation order

This order also made 5% of the unassigned water available in 20 groundwater sources through a tender process.

For details of the water bought go to Outcomes of Controlled Allocation Order (Various Groundwater Sources) (No 1) 2013 commenced on 31 May 2013 (PDF, 207.09 KB)

2009 controlled allocation order2009 controlled allocation order

This order made a small amount of water available in the Great Artesian Basin available through an auction process. The water was made available as a result of a small amount of water saved through the Cap and Pipe the Bores Program.

You can read about the outcomes of this process at NSW Great Artesian Basin: Final report (PDF, 74.44 KB).