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:
Murrayville Groundwater Management Area (GMA)
West Wimmera Groundwater Management Area (GMA)
Not sure which area? Find out on our map (2.5MB)
3. Sign our licence transfer application form:
Permanent or temporary transfer of water for a take and use licence TU3 (358kB)
Apply for a 'take and use' groundwater licence
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.