The department's Water Group is responsible for formulating policy related to the trade of water licences, while Water NSW manages the trading of water access licences, licence entitlements and water allocations.
This section contains information about policies and market research relating to water trading in NSW.
Why trade water licences?
Water licences are a valuable asset.
In water-sharing plan areas, you can trade water access licences, licence entitlements and water allocations. These trades are referred to as ‘dealings’.
Trading helps you to manage your water requirements to suit your needs.
Statistics about trading in your area are available on the NSW Water Register.
Foreign ownership of water licences
Foreign owners may need to register their interest in certain water assets. The Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements (Water Register) gives information on foreign ownership of Australia’s water entitlements. The Commissioner of Taxation publishes annual reports on foreign ownership of water.
Data visualisation tool to analyse volumes and prices of water allocations and entitlements being traded.
Find out more about the development of a roadmap for implementation of the ACCC recommendations for water market reform.
We sought feedback until 31 January 2021 on our water market information platforms to understand what information we should be sharing and
The ALDP amendment order will allow for trade of water allocations but will only apply to licensed stock use. Find out more.
The department commissioned an independent review of the issues and options for trade from the Peel to the Lower Namoi. Read the report.
Water markets in NSW
The Water Markets in New South Wales report (PDF, 5907.83 KB) is a NSW-first in-depth analysis of the emerging water market. The report highlights the development of the market since its inception and opportunities for both Government and the water industry to drive further growth.
Aither's presentation is a summary of the report and key report findings.