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 2018). 

 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  1.974 cents per unit share  2.005 cents per unit share 
River Murray class 3 and class 5 water access entitlements   0.630 cents per unit share  0.634 cents per unit share  0.645 cents per unit share 
River Murray class 3 (Qualco Sunlands) water access entitlements  0.600 cents per unit share  0.604 cents per unit share  0.614 cents per unit share 
Angas Bremer  $6.30/ML  $6.34/ML  $6.45/ML  
Noora  $6.30/ML  $6.34/ML   $6.45/ML  
Mallee-reticulated $19.60/ML $19.74/ML $20.05/ML
Mallee $6.30/ML $6.34/ML  $6.45/ML 
Mineral Sands Mining  $6.30/ML  $6.34/ML  $6.45/ML 
Peake, Sherlock and Roby  $6.30/ML  $6.34/ML  $6.45/ML 
Marne Saunders  $6.30/ML  $6.34/ML  $6.45/ML 
Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges  $6.30/ML  $6.34/ML  $6.45/ML 
Taking LABA (Flood)  $1.50/ML $1.51/ML $1.53/ML