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Water Pricing

The GVIA actively involves itself in pricing determinations to ensure local scrutiny is applied to the application of pricing principles for the monopoly services undertaken on behalf of water users.  We aim to reflect industry concerns regarding the costs involved in maintaining these services to irrigation customers, particularly the historical price creep incurred, despite continuous underspending. We also aim to ensure pricing regulators have a clear understanding of the impact of their decisions locally.

Our detailed submissions on water pricing can be accessed here via our Archived Submissions page.

Water prices in NSW are set by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for Water Administration Ministerial Corporation charges as well as Rural Bulk Water Supply charges.

Water Administration Ministerial Corporation

Water Administration Ministerial Corporation charges are for the development and administration of water licence framework including water planning, licence dealings, compliance, and performance monitoring and reporting for all forms of water take in regulated, unregulated and groundwater sources in NSW.  These functions are currently in transformation between NSW Department of Primary Industries - Water, WaterNSW and the new office of Crown Lands and Water.

IPART completed its most recent review against its pricing principles, making its determination in June 2016 for implementation on 1 July 2016.  These prices are applicable until June 2020.

Current pricing for WAMC charges for the Gwydir Valley are:

Tariff 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Fixed 1.39 1.43 1.48 1.53
Usage 1.2 124 1.72 1.31
Fixed 2.16 2.16 2.16 2.16
Usage 2.31 2.31 2.31 2.31
Single Tariff 4.47 4.47 4.47 4.47
3.61 3.61 3.61 3.61
Usage 2.93 2.93 2.93 2.93
Single Tariff 6.54 6.54 6.54 6.54
Minimum Bill 150 167 184 200
Water Take Reading 193.76 193.76 193.76 193.76

More information, including details behind current pricing is available on the NSW IPART website.

Rural Bulk Water Supply

Rural Bulk Water Supply charges are for the maintenance of rural bulk water infrastructure as well as the delivery of bulk water to customers.  Prices are established on a valley-by-valley basis, reflecting the cost to those customers to collect, store and deliver water.  These functions are undertaken by WaterNSW.

IPART completed its most recent review using the Commonwealth Water Charge (infrastructure) rules (2010) and made its determination in June 2017 for implementation on 1 July 2017.  These prices are application until June 2021.

Current pricing for Rural Bulk Water charges for the Gwydir Valley are:

1 July 2017 - 30 June 2021
2019 -2020 Approved
Fixed - High Security per ML 11.08
Fixed - General Security per ML 3.48 3.67
Water Take per ML 11.87 12.52
Source: NSW IPART.

More information, including details on current pricing and the determination process is available on the NSW IPART website or the WaterNSW website.

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