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Fees - Account Management

The rate of interest for 2018-19 is 5.0%. We encourage anyone struggling to pay their account to set up a payment plan. This means you will not incur a 5.0% interest charge on overdue payments. If you are on a payment plan, you will be charged an Account Service Fee which approximates 3.3%, applied at the end of your payment plan if you adhere to the arrangements.

Any costs associated with our collection process will be passed directly on to the account holder.

2018-19 Tariff Schedule
2018-19 Victorian Water Register fees

Victorian Water Register fees for 2018-19

Application fees – Water Register

Fees - Rivers and creeks

Rivers and creeks annual fees 2018-19

Fee Fixed charge per licence $368 
Licensed volume charges Standard $11.80 ML, Standard (Sales) $11.80 ML, Standard (Offstream Winterfill) $8.20 ML
Intensive management charge Thorpdale $9.50 ML Latrobe System $11.40 ML Maribyrnong $51.00 ML

Application fees

Please call 1300 360 117 to confirm fees

Fees - Groundwater

Groundwater annual fees 2018-19

Fixed charge per licence $368.00
Licensed volume $4.05 ML
Intensive management charge Deutgam $27.10 ML

Intensive management fees apply in areas where the costs incurred by SRW are above the normal costs of managing groundwater or surface water areas.  These costs are usually due to extra monitoring, staff, infrastructure or a combination of these.

Application fees

Please call 1300 360 117 to confirm fees

Fees - Farm Dam Construction

Please call 1300 360 117 to confirm fees

Fees - Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts

Water share fee

High Reliability $127.00 This is an annual fee for your high-reliability water shares water shares. These fees reflect the costs of operating, maintaining and renewing the reservoirs in which your water shares are harvested and stored.

Low Reliability $63.50 This is an annual fee for your low-reliability water shares water shares. These fees reflect the costs of operating, maintaining and renewing the reservoirs in which your water shares are harvested and stored.

Delivery share

Infrastructure Fee (WID) $15,180.00
This fee reflects the costs of operating, maintaining, renewing and upgrading the delivery systems – channels, pipelines and regulators – that we use to distribute your water. This fee does not apply to river diverters who hold extraction shares (not delivery shares).

Infrastructure Fee (BMID) $10,870.00
This fee reflects the costs of operating, maintaining, renewing and upgrading the delivery systems – channels, pipelines and regulators – that we use to distribute your water. This fee does not apply to river diverters who hold extraction shares (not delivery shares).

Service point fee

Werribee Irrigation District

Standard $234.00
This fee apply to each service point associated with your delivery share, and reflect the costs of operating and maintaining your outlet.. Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Metered Pump $117.00
This fee apply to each service point associated with your extraction share, and reflect the costs of maintaining your meter. Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Unmetered $58.50  Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District

Standard  $204.00
This fee reflects the costs of operating, maintaining, renewing and upgrading the delivery systems – channels, pipelines and regulators – that we use to distribute your water. This fee does not apply to river diverters who hold extraction shares (not delivery shares).  Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Metered Pump $102 
This fee apply to each service point associated with This fees apply to each service point associated with your extraction share, and reflect the costs of maintaining your meter. Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Unmetered  $52.25  Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Water usage fee

Casual Use (WID) $239.00

Casual Use (BMID) $256.00

Drainage diversion

Drainage Diversion (WID) $112.00
This fee is for irrigators who hold agreements to divert water from the irrigation drainage system. This is ‘opportunistic’ access to water when available in the drainage system, and no entitlement to water is held. The fee will be charged on the basis of $ per ML outlined in your Drainage Diversion Agreement. Diversion Sales (WID) $112.00

Recycled water

Recycled water contracted rate $349.00

Fees - Macalister Irrigation District

Water share fees

High Reliability $12.90
This is an annual fee for your high-reliability water shares. These fees reflect the costs of operating, maintaining and renewing the reservoirs in which your water shares are harvested and stored.

Low Reliability $6.45
This is an annual fee for your low-reliability water shares. These fees reflect the costs of operating, maintaining and renewing the reservoirs in which your water shares are harvested and stored.

Service point fee  

Infrastructure Fee $5,255
This fee reflects the costs of operating, maintaining, renewing and upgrading the delivery systems – channels, pipelines and regulators – that we use to distribute your water. This fee does not apply to river diverters who hold extraction shares (not delivery shares).

Standard $208.50
This fee applies to each service point associated with your delivery share, and reflect the costs of operating and maintaining your outlet.  Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Metered Pump $109.50
This fee applies to each service point associated with your extraction share, and reflect the costs of maintaining your meter.  Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Unmetered $48.75.  Where outlets are shared by more than one delivery share, the charge is calculated at 80% of the listed fee.

Standard $9.95
Water usage charges are billed in August for each ML of water delivered during the irrigation season – regardless of whether that water was allocated against high or low reliability water shares, or against spill entitlement. This is a variable charge calculated on the amount of water you use each season.

River $9.95
Water usage charges are billed in August for each ML of water delivered during the irrigation season – regardless of whether that water was allocated against high or low reliability water shares, or against spill entitlement. This is a variable charge calculated on the amount of water you use each season.

Fee Casual Use $53.90
The casual use fee may be charges where usage exceeds 270 times your delivery share rate (expressed in ML/per day) – or where no delivery share is held. Casual use charges will also incur the $9.95 standard fee for every ML used as well as the $53.90 casual use charge. Casual use charges are not applicable to extraction shares.

Other

Drainage Diversion $19.35
This fee is for irrigators who hold agreements to divert water from the irrigation drainage system. This is ‘opportunistic’ access to water when available in the drainage system, and no entitlement to water is held. The fee will be charged on the basis of $ per ML outlined in your Drainage Diversion Agreement.

Fees - Salinity Mitigation

Macalister Irrigation District, surface water and groundwater 

The Salinity Mitigation Charge applies to customers in the Macalister Irrigation Area, and is 55 cents per ML of water used. The charge applies to MID customers, river licences on the Rainbow Creek, Thomson and Macalister systems and groundwater licence holders (excluding the shallow systems). SRW uses this revenue to pay for the operation and maintenance charges associated with running the groundwater control pumps. There are 19 salinity pumps which are used for groundwater control – meaning they are used to pump groundwater from the shallow aquifer (generally under 25 metres) to stop water logging and an accumulation of salt (salty groundwater) in the root zone of crops/pastures, and ultimately salinisation of the land. These pumps were constructed as a first defence for irrigation induced salinity – hence the contribution from irrigation customers.

Control pump use $25.25 per ML

This fee applies to customers who have a new Supply by Agreement to use discharge water from a groundwater control pump. An agreement must be approved by Southern Rural Water and is for a specified volume of discharge water able to be used when and if the groundwater control pump is required to be operated for groundwater control. Usage is recorded through a meter and charged annually.

Information Statement Fees
Groundwater, Rivers and Creeks – what your fees go towards

All groundwater and surface water licence holders have to pay annual fees to Southern Rural Water.

So what do those fees go towards?

We are a not-for-profit organization, so your fees only cover our actual costs. The Southern Rural Water Board has a firm policy that fees from one group of customers should not cross-subsidise other groups of customers. For instance, licence holders do not contribute to the running costs of our irrigation districts.

Your fees and charges cover the cost of managing groundwater and surface water to ensure fair and equitable access for all water users, with the least possible impact on the environment. The cost of providing this service remains the same to Southern Rural Water, no matter how much of your entitlement you are able to access.

Some of the services covered by your fees include:

Monitoring
Southern Rural Water monitors water use across the southern half of Victoria, which includes reading your meter at least twice a year. We have field staff spread across our region to service customers and the community.

Our technical staff also monitor the levels aquifers and rivers. This information helps us to manage groundwater and surface water and identify long term trends or risks

Sharing water fairly
There are many ways we work to ensure water is shared fairly.

Our field staff investigate reasons for sudden or unexpected changes in water levels. Where there is a risk of over-extraction, or if users are unreasonably interfering with each other, we may have to introduce rosters or restrictions.

We have local rules that outline how rosters and restrictions work at a local level. In most areas we are developing these into Local Management Plans.

Compliance is a large part of our job. Our field staff work with licence holders to ensure they stick with their licence conditions. We investigate complaints and we take legal action when we find someone taking water illegally. Sometimes this involves going to court.

Another large part of our business is applications for new licences – but this is paid for by application fees, not by your ongoing fees. We make decisions on applications, considering available resources and effects on other users and the environment. Often this means providing local communities with the chance to have their say on the application.

Information and advice
We provide information, help and advice on a range of topics, such as water trading.

Our online groundwater hub also provides a wealth of information.

We provide fact sheetsnewsletters and public forums to give further information on different topics.

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WaterMatch - online trading

Watermatch is a free online service, designed to help people trade water.

Once you have registered, you can advertise to buy or sell water.

Depending on the water that you wish to trade, choose from the Groundwater, Surface Water (rivers and creeks) and Irrigation District forum.

Select a new topic to create your ad. Your ad can be to buy or sell water, and must describe the source of your water, quantity of water you want to buy or sell, how long you want to trade for and your contact details. If you are happy to put a buying or selling price, this can be included here too.

If you want to respond to an ad, you can use the email link or contact the advertiser direct.

It is an online trading forum, and can also be used by people who are not on the internet, with help from our staff.

Watermatch allows you to register your interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria.

  • the Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District
  • Groundwater systems in southern Victoria
  • Rivers and creek systems in southern Victoria (other than those managed by Melbourne Water around the Port Phillip region).

Who can use it?
Anyone can use watermatch. You may be an existing licence holder who wants to sell water, or buy more water.

You may not currently have a licence, but you want to buy water in the region.

How does it work?

  • click here to enter Watermatch
  • register as a user (a very simple process)
  • go to the system or district you are interested in and check current entries
  • add in any entry for any water you want to sell or buy

What information should I include in my ad?

  • If you are wanting to buy or sell
  • your name
  • phone number
  • name of river, creek, groundwater management area or irrigation district
  • how much water is to be traded
  • If the trade is temporary or permanent
  • term of the trade (Maximum term is 5 years)

Things you need to know
We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. If you would like to provide feedack or suggested improvements please click here.

it's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Trading applications must be submitted to Southern Rural Water and approval granted before water is taken. A water transfer application form can be downloaded from our application page.

If you want to trade upstream, please speak with one of our Assessment Officers prior to submitting an application.

To check if a buyer or seller can trade with you, call us on 1300 139 510 and ask to speak to an Assessment Officer.

Not a water broker

It's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Click here to download our Fact Sheet

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