Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

Consultation has closed.

The consultation period for public comment on the draft water allocation plan has now closed.

The board will consider all of the feedback and may amend the draft accordingly, in preparation for developing advice to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation about the plan's adoption. 

The board received 62 written submissions through the consultation process and these include 512 comments. The board has considered all of the comments and is amending the draft accordingly. Once amendments are complete the Board will submit the plan to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation for adoption. 

Once the plan is adopted a Consultation Report will be released showing all of the comments received and how they have been addressed and where any changes were made to the plan as a result. 

In the meantime, at the request of stakeholders the comments are available for viewing here. Comments are summarised and provided in order of topic. The Board will provide a detailed response to each submission, once the plan has been finalised. For a summary of feedback and progress of the plan click here.

The board has worked closely with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the board’s community-based River Murray Advisory Committee (RMAC) throughout the review of the plan. The draft plan includes policies that have been developed since the plans adoption in 2002, and also incorporates lessons learnt during the drought. Additional changes have been required for consistency with legislation.

The Basin Plan has been considered in the writing the draft plan, however, full compliance with the Basin Plan is not required until 2019.

Draft Water Allocation Plan

Download the Draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

To find out more about the changes in the draft plan, a number of materials are available. The fact sheets provide an overview of what is included in the draft plan and how the changes may affect you. Fact sheet 5 can help you find sections of the draft plan you may be interested in reading and to find out more about how River Murray water allocations are managed.

Fact sheets

Fact sheet 1: What is the draft River Murray Water Allocation Plan?
Fact sheet 2: What has changed in the draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse?
Fact sheet 3: What will the changes in the draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse mean for licence holders?
Fact sheet 4: What will the changes in the draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse mean for the environment?
Fact sheet 5: Where to find information in the draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

Discussion papers

A series of discussion papers were developed on key issues during the preparation of the draft plan. Each of the discussion papers had input from DEWNR and RMAC. The principles in the draft plan are based on the information and options provided in the papers. 

Supplementary Information

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History of the River Murray WAP

The Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse was adopted in 2002.

This WAP covers the River Murray from the Victorian border and encompasses Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, portions of Currency Creek, the Finniss, Angas and Bremer Rivers, as can be seen on the River Murray Prescribed Water Course Map. (929kb pdf)

The WAP is a legal document that sets out rules around how water can be taken and used from the River Murray in South Australia. It is developed under the direction of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 and is considered a transitional water resource plan for the purposes of the Water Act 2007.

The WAP aims to:

  • protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users.

The WAP provides information on:

  • the capacity of the resource to meet demand
  • the water requirements to sustain water dependent ecosystems
  • the effect of River Murray water use in other regions outside of the prescribed area
  • how water will be allocated to users including stock and domestic, irrigation, industry and the environment
  • rules for how and where water can be transferred or traded
  • monitoring requirements.

The first River Murray WAP was adopted in 2002. There have been minor amendments to the plan in 2004 and 2009, which are detailed in the legislative history of South Australian prescribed water resources (213kb pdf). A review of the WAP was conducted in 2007, and details can be found at River Murray Water Allocation Plan review. (714kb pdf)

Find out more about what a WAP is and why they are important.

Find out about permits and licences relating to this WAP.


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