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Water allocation statements

Issued to confirm the sharing of available water for a specific water source or announce an increase in an allocation to a licence category.

Red cliffs of Murray river on the border between Victoria and New South Wales states of Australia. Elevated red bank of the river overlooks river bend with cruise ship at sunset.

What are 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’.

During times of drought, the prevailing drought stage for each river valley is included in statements. 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.


Answers to frequently asked questions about the 1 July 2022 state-wide opening allocations.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the reduced supplementary water access allocations in the Border Rivers and Gwydir.

Access our historical water allocation statements from 2019 – 2023.

Answers to frequently asked questions about how growth in use is managed in water sharing plans that exceed the plan extraction limit in the Lower Namoi water source 2023-24.