What the ACCC does

  • We enforce water market rules.
  • We publish guidance material for these water rules.

What the ACCC can't do

  • We don’t regulate water allocation and entitlement markets.
  • We don’t resolve individual disputes.

On this page

About the water market rules

Sometimes irrigators want to permanently transform their irrigation right:

  • into a new statutory water access entitlement, or
  • onto an existing, statutory water access entitlement.

The power to transform irrigation rights comes from state legislation.

The ACCC enforces water market rules that provide protections for those irrigators that want to permanently transform their irrigation right.

After irrigation rights are transformed, an irrigator can:

  • hold the entitlement in their own name
  • trade the entitlement
  • be free of any trade restrictions imposed by an irrigation infrastructure operator.

Guidance for operators of irrigation infrastructure

Compliance and enforcement guide

This guide helps operators understand how we will respond to possible contraventions of the rules and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Application of the rules

Transformation processes and application fees

Dispute resolution


Fixed network losses

Ask us a question on water

Contact us if you need further guidance on the water market rules or have a question about the ACCC regulation of water.

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