Consultation summary

Thank you to those that answered the short survey. We had 348 responses to the survey, which was open from the 28 April to 30 June 2020. The results have been summarised in a closing the loop report below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the project team.
Closing the loop report
PDF (192.35 KB)

Consultation- April 2020

Community consultation held last year saw a desire for more publicly available information about water ownership and we are asking the community to help us fill in the gaps on what this information should be. Thank you to those who filled in the previous survey, your contributions are being used to improve transparency in Victoria water markets.

We are now conducting further consultation to ask water users and irrigators about what details they are comfortable sharing to ensure the correct balance between transparency and privacy has been struck. We invite you to complete the short survey below.

The Victorian Government is committed to listening to the views of irrigators, and will incorporate your responses into a final report, so that Victorian irrigators can feel confident that future Victorian Government policy will reflect their views on water market transparency.

Short survey on water market transparency

There is interest in who owns water and how much water costs. There is lots of water market information that can be shared on the water register website. But each piece of information is someone’s personal or commercial information. So we are asking you to answer the question, if my name (or company name) is next to the below information, what am I comfortable with people knowing about me and what I do with my water?

Please tick which pieces of information can be made public with my name or kept private.
Public with my name
My home address
My current water share volume
My history of water carry over
My current allocation account balance, even if it is negative
My record of historical allocation account balances
How much allocation I have traded
Where I use my water (map showing which farm/property)
How much water I have used this season
My history of water use
Prices I paid to buy water
Prices I sold my water for
Thinking about my WATER SHARE information, how accessible should this information be to the public with my name (or my company name)?

Please tell us a bit about yourself

What is your interest in water market transparency?

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

If you would like to discuss water market transparency further please email

Previous consultation on options paper, September to November 2019

Thank you to all those who contributed to our water market transparency options paper consultation late last year. Below is a record of that consultation.

For more water market information please go to


The Victorian Government understands the need for greater transparency in water markets and is seeking community feedback on the aspects of transparency that matter most to them.

Following targeted stakeholder consultation an options paper has been developed for public comment.

The options presented in the paper are not mutually exclusive, and several or all can be pursued. These were selected because they address the main concerns raised in targeted community consultation. The options are:

  • full market transparency;
  • publish information on large water market participants; and
  • improve real-time information on price and amount of water available.

The options discussed in this paper all have potential to increase water market transparency. However, as they may take some time to implement, a work program is underway to increase water market transparency immediately through new tools like the Water Market Watch app.

We invite you to read the summary or options paper and let us know your thoughts in the survey below. We also welcome written submissions, which can be uploaded at the bottom of this page.

Consultation summary report released

Thank you to all who provided feedback on this project. The closing the loop report brings together what we heard from the community. Information on our next steps can be found at
Closing the loop report
PDF (714.49 KB)

Consultation events

Those interested in water market transparency are invited to take part in community drop-in sessions. You can find us at:

  • Elmore field days, 1-3 October - in the Government tent
  • Sustainable Water Strategy open houses (dates here)
  • At Victorian Water Trading Annual Report sessions- postponed due to timing, please contact us via email if you would like to organise a time to talk

At the consultation events people can hear more about water market transparency and share their thoughts.

We will also be consulting with rural water corporations customer committees (or similar) across the state.


You are invited to complete the following questions and/or upload a submission on water market transparency.

Increased and simplified information

Does the current water market information meet your needs?

Publish information on large water market participants

What do you think the threshold for this public reporting should be?

Full market transparency

Different aspects of the water market may require different level of privacy or transparency. For each aspect below please select the level of transparency you would like for all market participants
Private- No one can see details
Aggregated- only see anonymous info
Full transparency-personal details
No opinion/ not sure
Entitlements Trade (details and names of each party in the trade published)
Entitlements ownership (all details and names of permanent water holders published)
Water use and location, amounts and names of water users
Allocation trade (names of each party in the trade published)
ABAs (all allocation bank account balances, a running balance)

Improve real-time information on price and amount of water available

On desktop: Drag the statements from the left column to the right so the most important one is on top. On mobile: select in order of preference

  1. How much water is available to buy #
  2. How much water is being traded #
  3. Real time market price #
  4. Where can I buy from and sell to #
  5. Who is buying and selling #
  6. How much water is being carried over #
A central trading platform with real time price and availability of water may require some trade-offs. How much more would you be willing to pay in processing fees?
How much longer are you willing for processing times to be?

Tell us a bit about yourself

What is your occupation?
Do you have a water entitlement in Victoria?
Have you bought or sold allocation in Victoria in the past 12 months?

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Privacy statement

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning values your personal information and protects your privacy in compliance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. For details on how the information provided in your statement will be treated, please see the privacy collection notice below and the department’s privacy statement at

You may access the information you have provided to DELWP by contacting