Pricing

During the next pricing period, from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024, most customers will receive on average a 10 per cent drop in their fees. Some fee changes will take effect from 1 July 2020, while others will be introduced through a transition period. A snapshot of the fee changes includes:

  • price reductions for almost all our customers
  • efficiencies and cost reductions (without impacting on your level of service)
  • reprioritised expenditure into the areas that provide you with the best value for money; and
  • tariff reform.

Every four years, we put forward our pricing submission outlining annual fees and charges to the ESC as the independent regulatory authority. We are a non-profit authority and our pricing is structured to recover the costs of the services we provide and to maintain our assets including the dams, channels and meters we operate; now and into the future.

This new pricing submission delivers a fairer deal for all. Customer feedback has included the need for a reliable supply, credible business, fair pricing, efficient operations, responsive services and simple systems. You can expect to see this commitment and continuous improvement across all areas of the GMW business.

More information can be found below 

 

As a result of GMW’s work to make pricing and billing easy to understand and reflect the true cost of providing services, surface water and groundwater diverters are now seeing changes to the amount of their fixed charges accounts.

These pricing changes will ensure the cost of providing services to diverters is shared proportionately and fairly across all surface water and groundwater diverters.

This means most medium and large diverters, who in the past have paid a greater share of the cost to provide services to diverters, will see decreases in their fixed charges accounts during our 2016-2020 Water Plan period.

At the same time, most small diverters will see increases in their fixed charges accounts. These increases reflect the true cost of providing services to small diverters.

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GMW's pricing for diverters consists of four fees. They are:

Service Point Fee The cost of compliance monitoring, measuring use and meters at each diversion site (also known as a service point).
Access Fee The cost of ensuring water is accessed in line with management rules and plans. The access fee includes managing allocations, rosters, restrictions and water ordering.

GMW is moving away from charging the Access Fee on the basis of megalitres a diverter uses, and moving towards charging based on the number of service points a diverter has. By July 2019, the Access Fee will be charged solely on the number of service points a diverter has.
Service Fee A share of the total cost of keeping records, managing accounts and maintaining and improving GMW’s accounts system.
Resource Management Fee For groundwater and unregulated surface water diverters, the resource management fee contributes to the cost of developing and reviewing resource management plans.

It helps to ensure essential information such as water sharing arrangements, resource caps, trading rules and water resource monitoring is up to date and readily available.


Diverters will see some or all of these fees on their fixed charges accounts.

Regulated surface water diverters' fees

Regulated surface water diverters will see the following fees on their fixed charges accounts:

Service Point Fee The cost of compliance monitoring, measuring use and meters at each diversion site (also known as a service point).
Access Fee The cost of ensuring water is accessed in line with management rules and plans. The access fee includes managing allocations, rosters, restrictions and water ordering.

GMW is moving away from charging the Access Fee on the basis of megalitres a diverter uses, and moving towards charging based on the number of service points a diverter has. By July 2019, the Access Fee will be charged solely on the number of service points a diverter has.
Service Fee A share of the total cost of keeping records, managing accounts and maintaining and improving GMW’s accounts system.

 

Unregulated surface water diverters' fees

Unregulated surface water diverters will see the following fees on their fixed charges accounts:

Service Point Fee The cost of compliance monitoring, measuring use and meters at each diversion site (also known as a service point).
Access Fee The cost of ensuring water is accessed in line with management rules and plans. The access fee includes managing allocations, rosters, restrictions and water ordering.

GMW is moving away from charging the Access Fee on the basis of megalitres a diverter uses, and moving towards charging based on the number of service points a diverter has. By July 2019, the Access Fee will be charged solely on the number of service points a diverter has.
Service Fee A share of the total cost of keeping records, managing accounts and maintaining and improving GMW’s accounts system.
Resource Management Fee For groundwater and unregulated surface water diverters, the resource management fee contributes to the cost of developing and reviewing resource management plans.

It helps to ensure essential information such as water sharing arrangements, resource caps, trading rules and water resource monitoring is up to date and readily available.

 

Shepparton irrigation region groundwater diverters' fees

Shepparton irrigation region groundwater diverters will see the following charges on their fixed charges accounts:

Access Fee The cost of ensuring water is accessed in line with management rules and plans. The access fee includes managing allocations, rosters, restrictions and water ordering.

GMW is moving away from charging the Access Fee on the basis of megalitres a diverter uses, and moving towards charging based on the number of service points a diverter has. By July 2019, the Access Fee will be charged solely on the number of service points a diverter has.
Service Fee A share of the total cost of keeping records, managing accounts and maintaining and improving GMW’s accounts system.
Resource Management Fee For groundwater and unregulated surface water diverters, the resource management fee contributes to the cost of developing and reviewing resource management plans.

It helps to ensure essential information such as water sharing arrangements, resource caps, trading rules and water resource monitoring is up to date and readily available.

 

Groundwater diverters' fees

Groundwater diverters will see the following fees on their fixed charges accounts:

Service Point Fee The cost of compliance monitoring, measuring use and meters at each diversion site (also known as a service point).
Access Fee The cost of ensuring water is accessed in line with management rules and plans. The access fee includes managing allocations, rosters, restrictions and water ordering.

GMW is moving away from charging the Access Fee on the basis of megalitres a diverter uses, and moving towards charging based on the number of service points a diverter has. By July 2019, the Access Fee will be charged solely on the number of service points a diverter has.
Service Fee A share of the total cost of keeping records, managing accounts and maintaining and improving GMW’s accounts system.
Resource Management Fee For groundwater and unregulated surface water diverters, the resource management fee contributes to the cost of developing and reviewing resource management plans.

It helps to ensure essential information such as water sharing arrangements, resource caps, trading rules and water resource monitoring is up to date and readily available.