Groundwater trading is an essential part of regional agriculture and business. It's our responsibility to facilitate a fair and simple system that everyone can use while also protecting our water supply from excessive consumption.Groundwater can be traded either temporarily or permanently.
A temporary trade is like leasing your groundwater allowance for a fixed amount of time. A permanent trade is essentially selling your groundwater licence.
To trade water, either temporarily or permanently...
1. The seller must have a 'take and use' groundwater licence.
2. Both buyer and seller must adhere to the trading rules for the water supply location:
Not sure which area? Find out on our map (2.5MB)
3. Sign our licence transfer application form:
Online water trading forum
Watermatch is a free online forum that helps buyers and sellers trade permanent or temporary groundwater (and surface water). It allows registered users to browse existing notices or create a new notice to buy or sell.
Watermatch is an independent service and GWMWater isn't involved in any trade negotiations.
To use groundwater for irrigation or other commercial purposes, you must have a ‘take and use’ licence.
If you're planning to construct or alter a groundwater bore, you need to apply for a licence before you can start works.
Water costs vary depending on a number of factors and can change from year to year.