The ACCC has released its ninth annual report under the Water Act 2007 (Cth). The report provides information on the state of the rural water sector in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) for the 2017–18 financial year. It covers:

  • an overview of climatic conditions, water allocations and other industry matters such as the expansion of perennial crops and energy input costs
  • a summary of significant developments in MDB policy, legislation and governance over 2017 to 2019
  • tradeable water rights activity for off-river infrastructure operator networks, and the associated charges applied
  • transformation and termination activity reported by irrigation infrastructure operators
  • changes in regulated water charges and trends across time, location, network type and Basin state for both on and off-river infrastructure operators
  • spending on water planning and management (WPM) activities and the revenue from WPM charges reported by Basin states
  • compliance with the water charge and water market rules enforced by the ACCC.

The ACCC invites stakeholders to submit any comments, feedback or questions on the report to the Water inbox:

Supplementary information

This guide accompanies the Water Monitoring Report 2017–18. It sets out the institutional framework and arrangements that govern the rural water sector in the Murray–Darling Basin. This guide also provides background on water charges and termination fees.

Water Monitoring Report: Supplementary information 2017–18 ( PDF 1.55 MB )

The supplementary spreadsheet includes the background data for the charts and tables included in the Water Monitoring Report 2017–18 and the accompanying supplementary information. It also contains additional tables and charts not included in these publications.

Water Monitoring Report 2017–18: Supplementary spreadsheet – background data for charts and tables ( XLSX 9.44 MB )

Key market results 2017–18

Water Monitoring Report 2017–18: Infographic ( PDF 256.73 KB )

Monitoring approach and assumptions

This technical guide accompanies the Water Monitoring Report 2017–18. It sets out the ACCC’s data sources, approach to monitoring, assumptions used for the calculation of hypothetical bills and additional information on the analysis presented in the report.

Water Monitoring Report 2017–18: Monitoring approach and assumptions ( PDF 1.21 MB )