Carryover of unused water allocation from one water year to the next allows an irrigator certainty of supply. This ‘capacity’ to carryover water is very attractive to other irrigators and has a value to them. In recent years irrigators have paid for the use of someone else’s ‘carryover capacity’. 

Basically a fee per megalitre for use of the capacity has been paid and the buyer, by means of a temporary transfer, places his own or bought in water on to the licence. The water is returned to the buyer immediately in the new season. This transaction creates a certainty for the buyer that he will have that amount of water for use at the start of the new season at a known price. This type of water purchasing would be particularly advantageous when locking in to forward contracts. 

Pricing will reflect the price and availability of water at the time and the outlook for commodity prices. Last season ‘carryover capacity ‘was sold at $30 per megalitre. If this product is of interest please give me a call or complete the online enquiry form available on this site.

The water market is particularly volatile, should the information provided on this site not meet your needs or answer your query, please contact me by phone 02 6931 8522 or email

Carryover Capacity - All Areas

Carryover Capacity areas include Murrumbidgee Irrigation and River, Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Zones 1, 2 and 3, and the Lachlan River.

For Sale All Areas

Seller Ref. Source Volume (ML) Price ($)/ML Additional Information
C1011 Murrumbidgee Irrigation 13 $100.00
C1015 Victoria Murray Zone 6  1000  $70.00   Can carryover in smaller parcels

Wanted All Areas

Buyer Ref. Source Volume (ML) Price ($)/ML Additional Information
C1014 Murrumbidgee Irrigation  63.8  $70.00   
C1010 Murray Irrigation 952 $65.00  
C1016 Murrumbidgee Irrigation 1,000 $60.00 
C1017 Murrumbidgee Irrigation 250  $60.00   
C1015 Murrumbidgee Irrigation  500 $50.00   
C1012 Murrumbidgee Irrigation  800  $50.00   
C1018  Murrumbidgee Irrigation  1500  $30.00  Shared risk arrangement 

Past Sales All Areas

 Date Source ML Price ($)/ML  Additional information
21/04/17 Murrumbidgee Irrigation 340 $80.00  
11/04/17  Murrumbidgee Irrigation  363  $30.00   
11/04/17  Murrumbidgee Irrigation 1000  $30.00   
03/04/17  Zone 3  300  $10.00   
21/03/17 Zone 3 400 $10.00  
15/03/17 Murrumbidgee Irrigation 400   $70.00   
08/03/17  Zone 3 500 $10.00  
22/02/17 Murray Irrigation Ltd 400 $65.00  
10/02/17   159 $70.00  
07/02/17 VIC Zone 1A LRWS 200  $30.00