Water licences are a valuable asset.

In water sharing plan areas you can trade water access licences, licence entitlements and water allocations. These trades are referred to as ‘dealings’.

Trading helps you to manage your water requirements to suit your needs.

Statistics about trading in your area are available on the NSW Water Register.

WaterNSW manages the trading of water access licences, licence entitlements and water allocations.

Foreign owners may need to register their interest in certain water assets. The Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements (Water Register) gives information on foreign ownership of Australia’s water entitlements. The Commissioner of Taxation publishes annual reports on foreign ownership of water.

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    Trade dashboard

    Data visualisation tool to analyse volumes and prices of water allocations and entitlements being traded.

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    Water market reform

    Find out more about the development of a roadmap for implementation of the ACCC recommendations for water market reform.

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    Consultation on water market transparency in NSW

    We are seeking feedback until 31 January 2021 on our water market information platforms to understand what information we should be sharing and how we can make our platforms easier to use.

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    Change to trade of Domestic and Stock (Stock) licence allocations due to the drought

    The ALDP amendment order will allow for trade of water allocations but will only apply to licensed stock use. Find out more.

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    Review of inter-valley trade from the Peel to Lower Namoi

    The department commissioned an independent review of the issues and options for trade from the Peel to the Lower Namoi. Read the report.

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    Trade of water allocations by local water utilities

    Find out more about the department’s role in assessing applications for trade by local water utilities.