Irrigation

NARROWER TERMS


Briefing paper

Six reasons to stop* floodplain harvesting in NSW

The NSW Select Committee on Floodplain Harvesting is currently considering the future of how overland flow water in the NSW Murray Darling Basin will be managed and regulated. This briefing note highlights six clear reasons why floodplain harvesting should be limited to the legal volumetric...
Report

Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements: Productivity Commission inquiry report

This report sets out the Productivity Commission’s findings and recommendations on the effectiveness of the Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements. The key message of the report is that there is no compelling case for major changes to the Register.
Report

National water reform 2020

This report assesses the progress of the Australian, State and Territory governments since 2017 towards achieving the objectives and outcomes of the National Water Initiative (NWI). It also provides practical advice to governments on future directions for national water reform through renewal of the NWI.
Draft report

Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements: Productivity Commission draft report

The Australian government has regulated foreign investment since 1975. This draft report presents the Commission’s preliminary analysis and views on the rationales for the Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements, its effectiveness, costs and benefits, and possible improvements, for both its current and future forms.
Report

Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry: final report

In August 2019, the ACCC was directed to conduct an inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray–Darling Basin. This report makes recommendations to enhance markets for tradeable water rights, including their operation, transparency, regulation, competitiveness and efficiency.
Discussion paper

Creative destruction in Australian water markets

In discussions about the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, one key reform has been consistently underestimated - separation of water title from land, and its subsequent tradability. This discussion paper notes that governments across the Murray-Darling Basin need to work out what they are aiming for from...
Discussion paper

Register of foreign-owned water entitlements: issues paper

The Australian Government established the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements (the Register) in 2017. The primary aim of the Register is to increase transparency about foreign ownership of Australian water assets and, more broadly, maintain community confidence in Australia’s foreign investment policy. This...
Report

National water reform 2020: draft report

This draft report assesses the progress of the Australian, State and Territory governments towards achieving the objectives and outcomes of the National Water Initiative (NWI), and provides practical advice on future directions for national water reform.
Report

Economic effects of water recovery in the Murray–Darling Basin

This publication provides an overview of the economic effects of water recovery on water prices and the irrigation sector in the southern Murray–Darling Basin. The analysis uses economic modelling to separate the effects of water recovery from seasonal variations in rainfall and water supply, along...
Discussion paper

A little more valuation, a little less redaction, please

In 2017, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources paid almost $80 million for water rights in the Condamine-Balonne valley. This research is based on unredacted valuation documents about the ‘Watergate’ scandal.
Report

Murray–Darling Basin water markets inquiry: interim report

This interim report draws upon analysis of comprehensive water market data from 2012 onwards, and the views of a broad range of people with interests in the use and trade of water in the Murray-Darling Basin. The report considers options to enhance markets for tradable...
Report

Procurement of strategic water entitlements

The objective of the audit was to examine whether strategic water procurements by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment were conducted consistent with government policy, were supported by appropriate program design, were planned and executed appropriately, and achieved value for money.
Journal article

The rebound effect on water extraction from subsidising irrigation infrastructure in Australia

Australia has spent more than $6 billion to reallocate water to environmental purposes. Most of this money has subsidised infrastructure, despite its lack of cost-effectiveness. This article highlights four key lessons on how to respond to these water governance challenges.
Report

Future scenarios for the southern Murray-Darling Basin

This report presents a series of forward looking scenarios for the southern Murray-Darling Basin water market, examining potential future water prices, trade flows and irrigation sector outcomes, taking into account recent and expected trends for water supply and demand.
Report

Dam shame: the hidden new dams in Australia

Research in this report contradicts claims by federal and state government ministers that new dams are not being built in Australia. The report shows that 20 to 30 large new dams have been recently constructed, funded at least in part by Australian taxpayers.
Report

Review of the water sharing plan for the Barwon-Darling unregulated and alluvial water sources 2012: final report

This report finds that there is clear evidence to indicate that the current water sharing plan rules are resulting in more frequent and longer 'cease to flow' periods. The current cease to flow period of over 11 months Barwon-Darling system is the longest in recorded...
Draft report

Draft water sharing plan review: Barwon-Darling unregulated and alluvial water sources 2012

This draft report presents the findings and recommendations from New South Wales' Natural Resources Commission’s statutory review of the Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012.
Commentary

The Murray-Darling Basin scandal: economists have seen it coming for decades

Billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure schemes that have failed to deliver any measurable improvement in water flows or the state of the environment, writes John Quiggin.
Report

Too much salt: the growing threat that salinity poses to global food production

This research asserts that poor irrigation techniques have increased salinity in much of the world’s farmland. Soil salinisation threatens major economic losses for countries with large agricultural sectors, both by lowering the available crop yield and the costly methods used in trying to solve the...
Report

Water monitoring report 2017–18

The ACCC’s ninth annual Water Monitoring Report has found hotter and drier-than-average weather has led to reduced water availability and higher prices for tradeable water products in 2017–18, placing pressure on water users in the Murray–Darling Basin.