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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.

Water allocation statements

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Date and time Water source
20/05/2024 13:00 pm NSW Groundwater Sources - 20 May 2024 (PDF, 147.1 KB)
17/05/2024 12:00 pm Belubula Valley (PDF, 226.2 KB)
17/05/2024 10:30 am Hunter Valley (PDF, 207.4 KB)
15/05/2024 15:00 pm Murrumbidgee Valley (PDF, 214.1 KB)
15/05/2024 15:00 pm NSW Murray and Lower Darling (PDF, 223.7 KB)
10/05/2024 10:00 am Macquarie-Cudgegong Valleys (PDF, 452.4 KB)
08/05/2024 13:25 pm Lachlan Valley (PDF, 420.8 KB)
07/05/2024 12:00 pm Namoi Valley (PDF, 535.2 KB)
07/05/2024 14:15 pm Gwydir Valley (PDF, 391.3 KB)
06/05/2024 15:15 pm NSW Border Rivers (PDF, 234.7 KB)
18/04/2024 15:45 pm Richmond Valley (PDF, 223.7 KB)
18/04/2024 15:45 pm Peel Valley (PDF, 192.5 KB)
15/04/2024 14:30 pm Murrumbidgee Valley (PDF, 214.8 KB)
15/04/2024 14:30 pm NSW Murray and Lower Darling (PDF, 224.7 KB)
11/04/2024 11:30 am Macquarie-Cudgegong Valleys (PDF, 493.1 KB)
09/04/2024 14:30 pm Lachlan Valley (PDF, 390.5 KB)
08/04/2024 14:30 pm Gwydir Valley (PDF, 355.4 KB)
08/04/2024 14:30 pm Namoi Valley (PDF, 412.2 KB)
26/03/2024 14:11 pm Paterson Valley (PDF, 232.2 KB)
15/03/2024 14:30 pm Murrumbidgee Valley (PDF, 215.0 KB)
15/03/2024 14:30 pm NSW Murray and Lower Darling (PDF, 223.8 KB)
12/03/2024 Macquarie-Cudgegong Valleys (PDF, 382.9 KB)
08/03/2024 Lachlan Valley (PDF, 319.7 KB)
07/03/2024 Namoi Valley (PDF, 541.5 KB)
07/03/2024 Gwydir Valley (PDF, 543.4 KB)
27/02/2024 NSW Border Rivers (PDF, 368.0 KB)
26/02/2024 Hunter Valley (PDF, 299.4 KB)
26/02/2024 Bega Brogo Valleys (PDF, 241.3 KB)
15/02/2024 Richmond Valley (PDF, 234.8 KB)
14/02/2024 Belubula Valley (PDF, 226.8 KB)
12/02/2024 Macquarie-Cudgegong Valleys (PDF, 374.6 KB)
08/02/2024 Lachlan Valley (PDF, 285.3 KB)
07/02/2024 Gwydir Valley (PDF, 977.8 KB)
07/02/2024 Namoi Valley (PDF, 1.0 MB)
01/02/2024 Murrumbidgee Valley (PDF, 1.1 MB)
30/01/2024 NSW Border Rivers (PDF, 791.0 KB)
15/01/2024 Murrumbidgee Valley (PDF, 1.0 MB)
11/01/2024 Macquarie-Cudgegong Valleys (PDF, 1.0 MB)
09/01/2024 Lachlan Valley (PDF, 953.5 KB)
08/01/2024 Namoi Valley (PDF, 1.0 MB)
08/01/2024 Gwydir Valley (PDF, 925.4 KB)
02/01/2024 Murrumbidgee Valley (PDF, 1.0 MB)

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.