Stable year for Murray–Darling Basin infrastructure operators, despite drought

Hotter and drier-than-average weather 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, the ACCC’s ninth annual Water Monitoring Report has found.

Despite this, the ACCC found that 2017–18 was a relatively stable year for major water infrastructure operators, with relatively minor changes in hypothetical (or average) bills for irrigators in the majority of networks.

ACCC water monitoring report 2017-18

The ACCC has completed 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 for the 2017–18 financial year.

Murray Irrigation breaches water charge rules

The ACCC has determined that Murray Irrigation Limited breached the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules, however it has decided to resolve the matter administratively without enforcement action.

Between December 2016 and November 2018, Murray Irrigation Limited failed to publish all required information on the water charges it imposes under two agreements with non-irrigation customers, WaterNSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

ACCC water monitoring report 2016-17

The ACCC has completed its eighth 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 for the 2016–17 financial year.

ACCC 2015-16 Water Monitoring Report shows rural water sector adapting to change

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s seventh annual Water Monitoring Report, covering 2015-16, shows the effects of structural changes in the Murray-Darling Basin rural water sector on regulated charges and terminations, transformations, and trades.

“This year’s report highlights that operators and customers are responding to change in a variety of ways,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

ACCC water monitoring report 2015-16

The report provides information for the 2015−16 year on regulated water charges, transformation arrangements, termination of irrigation network access, compliance with the Commonwealth water market rules and water charge rules, and related issues.