Water licences are a valuable asset.

In water sharing plan areas you can trade water access licences, licence shares 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 is responsible for managing trade of water access licences, licence entitlements and water allocations.

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

Trade of water allocations by local water utilities

When a local water utility applies to WaterNSW to trade water allocations from its water access licence, WaterNSW refers the utility’s application to the department for specialist advice.

For more information about the application process, view the fact sheet Trading water allocations by local water utilities (PDF 365.4 KB).

To provide additional information with an application to assign (trade) water allocation by local water utilities download and fill out the form (PDF 175.2 KB).

Water markets in New South Wales

The Water Markets in New South Wales report (PDF 5.8 MB) is a NSW-first in-depth analysis of the emerging water market. The report highlights the development of the market since its inception and opportunities for both Government and the water industry to drive further growth.

View Aither's presentation (PDF 1.6 MB) for a summary of the report and key report findings. Limited hard copies are available on request - please contact Tracey Farrar at or 02 8838 7503 to order a hard copy of the report.

  1. waterdrop

    Trade dashboard

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