Three categories of fees and charges are levied for the water management services provided by the NSW Office of Water:

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) sets the prices that we can charge for the services we deliver. Annual fees and charges are determined by IPART based on the current pricing determination for the Office of Water. Fees and charges are adjusted annually for inflation.

For more detailed information on fees and charges and how they are set by IPART, go to Setting fees and charges.

Your water licence bill

The bill for your water licence is issued by State Water on our behalf. You are billed for water management charges accrued during the previous financial year or quarter. Regulated river licence holders pay their charges quarterly. Unregulated river and aquifer access (groundwater) licence holders pay their charges annually. The GST is not applied to any of your water management charges.

2014-15 water management charges

The current pricing determination for the Office of Water determined by IPART has been extended until 30 June 2016.

Charges and fees for the 2014-15 financial year will not be adjusted for inflation and will remain at the same levels as those set by IPART for the 2013-14 financial year.

The following tables show the 2014-15 entitlement and usage charges for regulated river, unregulated river and aquifer access (groundwater) licences issued under the Water Management Act 2000 and Water Act 1912.

A minimum water management charge applies if your charges in a financial year are less than the minimum annual charge set by IPART.

For the 2014-15 financial year, the minimum annual charge is $105.34.

Regulated river access and usage charges

Regulated river water management charges 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
River Valley Access Charge
(a)
$/UNIT of entitlement
Usage Charge
(b)
$/UNIT
Border $2.32 $1.79
Gwydir $1.37 $1.26
Namoi $2.75 $1.88
Peel $2.33 $3.71
Lachlan $1.86 $2.14
Macquarie $1.98 $1.90
Murray $1.50 $0.97
Murrumbidgee $1.23 $0.79
North Coast $5.58 $5.54
Hunter $2.73 $1.75
South Coast $5.00 $5.61

Unregulated river access and usage charges

Unregulated river water management charges 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
River Valley Access charge
(2-part tariff)
(a)
$/UNIT of entitlement
Access charge
(1-part tariff)
(c)
$/UNIT of entitlement
Usage charge

(b)
$/UNIT
Area based charge

(d)
$/ha
Border $3.73 $5.34 $1.60 -
Gwydir $3.73 $5.34 $1.60 -
Namoi $3.73 $5.34 $1.60 -
Peel $3.73 $5.34 $1.60 -
Lachlan $5.87 $8.39 $2.52 -
Far West $4.67 $6.67 $2.00 $31.25
Macquarie $5.87 $8.39 $2.52 -
Murray $6.77 $9.67 $2.91 -
Murrumbidgee $8.30 $11.85 $3.55 -
North Coast $7.00 $10.01 $3.00 -
Hunter $2.30 $4.48 $2.17 -
South Coast $2.26 $3.74 $1.48 -

Aquifer (groundwater) access and usage charges

Groundwater water management charges 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
River Valley Access charge
(2-part tariff)
(a)
$/UNIT of entitlement
Access charge
(1-part tariff)
(c)
$/UNIT of entitlement
Usage charge

(b)
$/UNIT
Border $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Gwydir $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Namoi $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Peel $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Lachlan $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Far West $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Macquarie $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Murray $4.86 $6.95 $2.09
Murrumbidgee $2.47 $3.53 $1.07
North Coast $4.07 $5.92 $1.85
Hunter $4.07 $5.92 $1.85
South Coast $4.07 $5.92 $1.85

Where can I get more information?

  • For water management charge or licensing enquiries, contact us
  • For bill payment and account enquiries, contact State Water on 1800 353 091 or visit the State Water website.