Review of Private Carryover Policy

Consultation is underway to hear community views on proposed changes to the River Murray Private Carryover Policy included in the River Murray Water Allocation Plan.

The Draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse January 2020 with proposed changes incorporated is available for viewing.

Why are changes being considered?

We have heard that in the 2019-20 water use year water users are concerned about losing access to water that they carried over, as water allocations have now reached 100 per cent.

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (SAMDB NRM) Board in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is exploring if improvements can be made to the existing policy without impacting on the reliability of Class 3 entitlements.

Consultation on a revised policy is underway now until 10 March 2020. Changes are proposed that would allow eligible carryover volumes to be ‘rolled over’ from one year to the next in a series of dry years.

Consulting on proposed changes now means that any changes to the water allocation plan can be approved by the Minister before the projected minimum opening allocation announcement for the 2020-21 water use year, should changes be supported by the community.

Information sessions

Two information sessions are scheduled to provide further background information about the changes proposed and to seek your feedback:


Location: Loxton Research Centre, Bookpurnong Road, Loxton
Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Murray Bridge

Location: Murray Bridge Golf Club, 1 Ritter Road, Murray Bridge
Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Presentations will be provided on the changes to the private carryover policy and the implications for compliance with sustainable diversion limits under the Basin Plan.

An opportunity will be available to speak to staff after the presentations.

Light snacks, tea and coffee will be provided from 12.30 pm.

If you are unable to make the information sessions, there are other opportunities to discuss the changes and provide feedback.

Separate information sessions are planned for March/April 2020 to discuss water resource availability and the water outlook for the 2020-21 water use year.

Where can I find out more

Information sheets are available to explain the changes that are proposed and why:

Printed copies of the draft plan are available for viewing at Natural Resources Centres in Berri, Murray Bridge and Mount Barker.

How can I provide feedback on the water allocation plan?

Written submissions are invited on the proposed changes to the water allocation plan until 5pm on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

You can provide a submission online, email or postal mail.

Online: visit the YourSAy website 


Rebecca Freshwater
Senior Project Officer River Murray water Allocation Plan
GPO Box 2834


Please note, submissions will be made publicly available unless the respondent requests that their feedback is kept confidential.

If you would like to talk through any of the changes please contact Peta Brettig on 0456 956 838 or via email to

Please note: The ELMA review will progress as scheduled and is separate to this amendment process. 

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