Interstate water trade

Interstate water trading allows water users to trade water across state borders. This allows irrigators to source water from, or sell water to, a broader range of users.

Southern–connected Basin

Schedule D of the Murray–Darling Basin Agreement allows water users within South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to trade water across state boundaries and between valleys. This has occurred since the early 2000s through a collective agreement between state governments, the former Murray–Darling Basin Commission and now us.

We coordinate the trade of water entitlements and allocations between states and valleys within the southern connected system. A significant physical influence on the movement of water is the Barmah Choke on the River Murray. We are responsible for monitoring trade across the Choke, and if necessary restricting trade to protect water delivery to existing entitlement holders.

The map below shows the various trading zones in the southern Basin. The map details where water can move between 2 zones. This map is based on the Interstate water trading zones map as shown in the Schedule D protocol. The Allowable direction of water trades in the southern-connected Basin is a table of the permissible transfer between trading zones.

Please Note: by hovering over the trading zones, you can see a guide to the allowable direction of trade between the zones. This guide must be read in conjunction with the state trading rules that applies to these zones. The trading rules will outline the circumstances, if any, where these allowable trade directions may not be valid.

Victoria also has as a more detailed trading zone map focusing on trading zones in northern Victoria. Additional zones shown on the Victorian trading zone map relates to trades restricted to Victorian valleys. View the Victorian trading zone map.

New South Wales – Queensland Border Rivers

The New South Wales – Queensland Border Rivers Intergovernmental Agreement 2008 allows for the trade of water between the NSW and Queensland Border Rivers.

Trade of water entitlements and allocations can occur in both directions subject to the account limit rules, operational accounting rules and the trading rules set by the two state management plans.

The map below shows the areas that permit trade between NSW and Queensland. Trade can occur to and from the Macintyre Brook, Queensland Border Rivers trading areas (shaded green on the map), and the NSW Border Rivers water management area (shaded blue on the map). This area includes the unregulated Barwon, Macintyre and Severn Rivers.  

This agreement is not our responsibility. For more information on the allowable trade between these states, please refer to:

NSW-QLD Border Rivers Trading areas

NSW Murray below Barmah Choke

(includes River Murray from Barmah Choke to SA border (including the Edwards/ Wakool system and the Western Murray Irrigation District))

Transfers may be made to these trading zones:6, 7, 10, 12
back trade only: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 7, 12, 13
back trade only**: 6, 10

NSW Murray above Barmah Choke

(includes River Murray from Lake Hume to Barmah Choke; and Murray Irrigation Ltd areas, including Wakool Irrigation District)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones
6
back trade only**: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6, 6B, 7, 11, 12, 13

Greater Goulburn

(includes Lake Eildon to Goulburn Weir; Goulburn irrigation areas; and Loddon weir pool)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 3, 6, 6B, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 4A, 4C, 5A, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 4A, 4C, 5A
back trade only: 3, 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Lower Goulburn

(includes Goulburn River below Goulburn Weir)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 1, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 4A, 4C, 5A
back trade only: 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Campaspe

(includes Lake Eppalock to Waranga Western Channel; and Campaspe District)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 1, 3, 4C, 6, 6B, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 5A, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 4C
back trade only: 1, 3, 5A, 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Lower Campaspe

(includes lower Campaspe River from Waranga Western Channel to Murray River)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 1, 3, 4A, 6, 6B, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 5A, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 4A, 5A
back trade only: 3, 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Part Loddon

(includes Loddon River and Tullaroop Creek; from Cairn Curran and Tullaroop reservoirs to Loddon Weir; and Serpentine Creek system above Bears Lagoon)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: (conditional) 1, 3, 6, 6B, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: back trade only: 1, 3, 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Vic Murray above Barmah Choke**

(includes River Murray from Lake Hume to Barmah Choke; Mitta Mitta River below Lake Dartmouth; and Murray Valley area)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 10
back trade only**: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 7, 11, 12 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13

Lower Broken Creek

(includes Broken Creek downstream of Katamatite)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 4A, 4C, 5A
back trade only: 3, 6**, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14*

Vic Murray from Barmah Choke to SA Border

(includes Torrumbarry area, Tresco, Nyah, Robinvale, Red Cliffs, Merbein and FMIT irrigation districts)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 6, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 11, 12, 13
back trade only**: 6, 10

South Australian Murray***

(includes River Murray in SA and Trust districts)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 6, 7, 10, 11
back trade only: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 13, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 7, 11, 13
back trade only**: 6, 10

Murrumbidgee

(including Murrumbidgee Irrigation and Colleambally Irrigation areas; Murrumbidgee and Tumut below Burrinjuck and Blowering reservoirs (including Yanko, Colombo and Billabong Creek systems))

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
back trade only: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 14*

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: back trade only**: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 14*

Lower Darling*

(includes Menindee Lakes and the Darling River downstream of the Menindee Lakes)

Transfers may be made to these trading zones: (NA) back trade only: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6B, 13
: 4A, 4C, 5A, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12

Transfers may be made from these trading zones: (NA) back trade only**: 1, 3, 4A, 4C, 5A, 6**, 6B, 7, 10**, 11, 12, 13