About the NRM water levy

Anyone who has a water management authorisation including a water licence or a water access entitlement contributes to the NRM water levy.

How is the NRM water levy collected?

The NRM water levy is collected by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and provided to the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board.

Anyone who has a water management authorisation (water licence or water access entitlement) is invoiced annually in July by DEWNR.

How is the NRM water levy calculated?

The NRM water levy is based on the entitlement/allocation held by water licence holders as at 1 July each year. Water licence holders contribute to the NRM water levy by paying a rate per ML for water allocated. The minimum annual NRM water levy for 2016-17 is $200. 

Based on the volume of your water allocation, your NRM water levy may be higher. The NRM water levy is determined by the amount of water allocated to a water licence holder.

The applicable rates are provided in the below table.

 Prescribed resource 2016-17 rate  2017-18 rate  2018-19 rate 
River Murray class 2 and class 6 water access  entitlements 1.960 cents per unit share  1.990 cents per unit share   2.025 cents per unit share 
River Murray class 3a, class 4 and class 5 water access entitlements   0.630 cents per unit share  0.640 cents per unit share  0.650 cents per unit share 
River Murray class 3b water access entitlements  0.600 cents per unit share  0.610 cents per unit share  0.620 cents per unit share 
Angas Bremer  $6.30/ML  $6.40/ML  $6.50/ML  
Noora  $6.30/ML  $6.40/ML   $6.50/ML
Mallee-reticulated $19.60/ML $19.90/ML $20.25/ML
Mallee $6.30/ML $6.40/ML  $6.50/ML 
Mineral Sands Mining  $6.30/ML  $6.40/ML  $6.50/ML 
Peake, Sherlock and Roby  $6.30/ML  $6.40/ML  $6.50/ML 
Marne Saunders  $6.30/ML  $6.40/ML  $6.50/ML 
Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges  $6.30/ML  $6.40/ML  $6.50/ML 
Taking LABA (Flood)  $1.50/ML $1.55/ML $1.60/ML

For more information about how decisions are made in relation to the NRM levies and what it is used for refer to the related links below.


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