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Outlook, forecasts and status updates

Information products providing outlooks, forecasts and periodic status updates.

The Menindee Lakes chain of shallow freshwater lakes connected to the Darling River to form a storage system. Far west region of New South Wales, Australia, near the town of Menindee.

Developing information products

To assist with forward planning, the department provides various information products throughout the water year to assist water users in assessing likely future water availability.

In autumn each year, the department prepares a 'next water year' outlook with an indicative water availability forecast over the upcoming water year for most valleys, and in particular, the southern catchments, where the rules and sharing arrangements are more complex.

Throughout the year, brief climate outlook summaries are provided in each water allocation statement, and are based on the information from the Bureau of Meteorology's monthly climate outlook.

Further information on NSW seasonal conditions and outlooks are available from the Department of Primary Industries website.

Periodically, forecasts of available water determinations under different climate conditions are available in the water allocation statements for some valleys. This includes the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Macquarie-Cudgegong.

Watch the webinar

Recorded on 16 September 2021 the department held a webinar to update stakeholders on water allocations in the Murray and Murrumbidgee regions.

Status updates - stakeholder presentations

Periodically throughout the year, the department provides allocation updates at stakeholder forums. Such forums include major industry body sessions, which are open to their members, as well as departmental run sessions, which are open to all water customers.

Links to forum presentations are provided below.