Controlled allocation order 2017

The current controlled allocation order (order) was gazetted on 5 May 2017.

This order has been amended – see the Controlled Allocation Amendment Order (Various Groundwater Sources) 2018 which was gazetted on 8 June 2018.

Groundwater sources included in the order

The 2017 controlled allocation order made groundwater available in a number groundwater sources.

Details of these groundwater sources are provided in the extract

Registrations of interest

When are registrations of interest periods open?

The second period is from Monday 8 October to Tuesday 6 November 2018.

Application instructions

Step one

Prior to making an application, download and read the Controlled Allocation Order (Various Groundwater Sources) 2017, in particular, Schedule 2 of the order outlining the Terms and Conditions (see pages 1623 – 1647).

Please read the Controlled Allocation Order 2017 frequently asked questions

Note: The order was amended on 8 June 2018. See Amendment of Controlled Allocation Order (Various Groundwater Sources) 2017, Schedule 1

Step two

Read the details of the groundwater being made available in 2018 under the 2017 Controlled Allocation Order in Table 1.


  • There is a minimum bid price per unit share
  • There is no minimum amount of unit shares to bid for each water source
  • There is maximum number of unit shares being released noted in the order, Table 1.

Step three

Download and complete the registration of interest for the right to apply for an aquifer access licence application form

Read the registration guide for full information on how to complete the application form.

Step four

The completed and signed application form must be posted to Department of Industry, Water by Tuesday 6 November 2018. Application fee payment instructions are noted on the application form and guide.

There will be a grace period due to the Australia postal delivery speed service. The postal stamp date is evidence when applications are posted.

Note: Any applications stamped by Australia Post after 6 November will not be accepted by the department.