Understanding your water entitlements

Your irrigation area water entitlements

Understanding your water entitlements will help you get the right mix for your irrigation business today and into the future.

Seasonal allocations, carryover, modernisation opportunities, future service costs and tariffs along with the Murray Darling Basin Plan are all reasons why you might be thinking about your future irrigation service needs.

As part of the 2007 unbundling of water entitlements, GMW Irrigation Area customers’ Water Rights and Domestic & Stock Allowances were separated, “unbundled”, into the individual components; water shares, delivery shares and a water use licence.

Unbundling increased the opportunities and flexibility in the holding of water entitlements (water shares, delivery shares, water use licences) by allowing components to be managed independently and water to be owned separate to land.

Our Understanding Your Water Entitlements brochure, opens in a new window provides easy to understand information for you to consider in your farm planning.

Water management videos

Two new videos are now available to help local farmers best manage their most important agricultural asset – water.

The additional videos, dealing with longer-term water availability issues and regional trends, bring the series to eight separate videos all dealing with different aspects of modern water management.

The series, delivered in plain English and directly relevant to water users, are a joint initiative of GMW, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Murray Dairy. The online resource is also free for farmers to view and review from their computer, tablet or phone.

The videos can be watched in sequence, or refer to the subject you are most interested in.

You can click the playlist icon (the three lines and a play button) in the top-left hand corner of the videos below to select the one you're interested in watching.