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 for Environment and Water (DEW) 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 DEW.

How is the NRM water levy calculated?

Water licence holders contribute to the NRM water levy by paying a minimum annual NRM water levy of $200 or a levy based on the number of entitlement shares or allocation volume held on their water licence at 1 July each year, whichever is the greater. 

The applicable rates are provided in the below table (correct as at 1 July 2019). 

 Prescribed resource 2019-20 rate  2020-21 rate  2021-22 rate
River Murray Metropolitan Consumptive Pool
(Class 6)
2.059 cents per unit share  2.115 cents per unit share  2.172 cents per unit share 
All Purposes Consumptive Pool
(Class 2) water access entitlements
2.059 cents per unit share  2.115 cents per unit share  2.172 cents per unit share 
River Murray All Purposes Consumptive Pool
(Class 3 and Class 5) water access entitlements 
0.662 cents per unit share  0.680 cents per unit share  0.698 cents per unit share 
River Murray All Purposes Consumptive Pool
(Class 3 (Qualco Sunlands)) water access entitlements
0.630 cents per unit share  0.647 cents per unit share  0.665 cents per unit share 
Angas Bremer  0.662 cents per kilolitre 0.680 cents per kilolitre  0.698 cents per kilolitre
Mallee-reticulated 2.059 cents per kilolitre 2.115 cents per kilolitre 2.172 cents per kilolitre
Mallee 0.662 cents per kilolitre  0.680 cents per kilolitre  0.698 cents per kilolitre
Mineral Sands Mining  0.662 cents per kilolitre  0.680 cents per kilolitre  0.698 cents per kilolitre
Peake, Sherlock and Roby  0.662 cents per kilolitre 0.680 cents per kilolitre  0.698 cents per kilolitre
Marne Saunders  0.662 cents per kilolitre 0.680 cents per kilolitre  0.698 cents per kilolitre
Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges  0.662 cents per kilolitre 0.680 cents per kilolitre  0.698 cents per kilolitre
Taking LABA (Flood)  0.158 cents per kilolitre 0.162 cents per kilolitre 0.166 cents per kilolitre