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Water registers and accessing market information

About the registers

The states and territories have a statutory responsibility to record water access entitlement and other water dealing ownership and trade details. This information is recorded on various water registers that are in operation around Australia.

Water registers record the details of water access entitlements and water allocations, including ownership, location, interests, encumbrances and trading activity.

Registers help improve the transparency and accountability of water entitlements. An efficient, accurate and comprehensive water register is critical to the functioning of the water market.

For state and territory specific register information click on the tabs.

Summary of all registers

New South Wales water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Water Access Licence Register  Statutory register for title of ownership of water access licences and encumbrances on those licences. Department of Lands (Land and Property Information) Public, online (fee based search)
Register of Applications for Water Approvals   Provides information about the status of applications held by the NSW Office of Water. NSW Office of Water Public, online
Register of Water Approvals  Provides information about the status of approvals held by NSW Office of Water. NSW Office of Water Public, online
Water Access Licence Conditions Register  Provides basic information on water access licences under the Water Management Act 2000 (NSW). Full details are only available on the Water Access Licence Register. NSW Office of Water Public, online
Water Access Licence Conditions  Provides basic information on water access licences under the Water Management Act 2000 (NSW). Full details are only available on the Water Access Licence Register. NSW Office of Water Public, online
Available Water Determinations (AWD) Register  Provides information on the volume of water available for extraction, as determined by the minister's AWDs. AWDs are made for each access licence category in each water source. NSW Office of Water Public, online
Victorian water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Victorian Water Register  Shared between the Office of Water, irrigation infrastructure operators and the Victorian Water Registrar.

Records ownership and other information on water shares. Also records allocations against shares, trade and usage.
Department of Sustainability and Environment (Office of Water) Public, online
Queensland water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Water Allocations Register  Records ownership and other information  on water allocations. Registrar of Water Allocations (also the Registrar of Land Titles) Public, online (fee based search)
South Australian water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Water Licence and Permit Register   Records information about water licences, allocations, site use approvals and work approvals.

Records sales but does not record the allocation / use right.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources via the South Australian NRM Register, which is public and available online
Water Trade Reporting web site Records trade information including volumes, allocation type and prices. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Public, online
Western Australian water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Water register  Records water licences and details of transfers. Department of Water Public, online. Transfer information not publically available under the RIWI Act.
Tasmanian water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Water Information System of Tasmania   Online graphical search that allows customers to use a map of Tasmania to find basic water licence information within a catchment. DPIPWE Public, online
Register of licences and water access entitlements Register of licences, water allocations and transfers made under the Water Management Act 1999 (Tas) to use and trade surface water and take groundwater. DPIPWE Public, not online
Northern Territory water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Register of water entitlements and licences  Register of licences granted to use and trade surface water and take groundwater.

Online register provides details about groundwater and surface water licences in relation to water trading, including location and ownership.
Controller of Water Resources (LRM) Public, online
Australian Capital Territory water market information registers
Register Function Managed by Availability
Register of licences and water access entitlements Register of licences, water access entitlements and surviving allocations granted, including transfers made under the Water Resources Act 2007 (ACT). Environment Protection Authority (part of Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate) Public, not online