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.
New prices began from 1 October 2021.
IPART NSW have just approved a 5.1% inflation increase for WaterNSW Rural Bulk Water pricing from 1 July 2022.
Prices to order and deliver water from Copeton Dam are now greater than $20 per megaltire and double that for high security customers and towns.
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, Natural
Resources Access Regulator and WaterNSW.
IPART completed its most recent review against its pricing principles, making its determination in September 2021 to begin from 1 October 2021. This pricing period was delayed due to issues with evidence to support the determination and the need to undertake supplementary analysis.
Current pricing and new WAMC charges for the Gwydir Valley are:Source: NSW IPART
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 in September 2021 to take effect from 1 October 2021. These prices are reviewed annually and IPART NSW have just approved a 5.1% inflation increase for the 2022-23 water year.
Current pricing for Rural Bulk Water charges for the Gwydir Valley are:
Source: NSW IPART.