Category Archives: Market Analysis

Articles with a detailed analysis of the water market.

Water Trading Survey Results

Recently I sent out a short water trading survey. Here are the results:   This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Size of Water Market Investors

Water markets in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin are unbundled. That means ownership of water entitlements is not tied to a parcel of land. This has enabled investors to buy water entitlements and sell the temporary allocation water every year, without owning a farm. In this article, “investor” means investors in water entitlements who are not… Read More »

When is the Best Time to Trade Temp Water?

I’ve heard many theories on when is the best time of year to trade temporary water. Some say summer has the highest prices because that’s when most water is used. Some say the end of the year has the highest prices because there are irrigators needing to buy for their overuse. Some say it’s the… Read More »

Permanent Prices 2016/17

The past year has been uneventful for permanent prices. On the one hand, we’ve had low temporary prices, but in the long term water will be a valuable asset. So over the past year, the market has moved sideways. Here are the prices for approved trades. Victorian prices are for High Reliability water.

Murrumbidgee Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The Southern Murray-Darling Basin is the largest water market in the world and trade is usually possible between the valleys, the main exception is the Lachlan Valley. There are physical constraints to moving water, so sometimes trade is closed between the valleys. Trade may be closed in one direction, for example, trade into the valley… Read More »

Goulburn and Murrumbidgee Rivers Water Price History

Similar to the River Murray Water Price History article, I’ve calculated figures for the two economically significant tributaries, the Goulburn River and Murrumbidgee River. For whatever reason, in South Australia the word “River” comes before the name of the river and in Victoria and New South Wales it comes after. As these are Victorian and… Read More »

River Murray Water Price History

This article differs from other broker’s price reports because the data here is straight from the registers of the three state water authorities (South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.) Surprisingly, this is the only calculation of prices involving all allocation trades recorded in the three registers. Allocation water is the actual amount of water… Read More »

Popular Water Rights and Trading

In this article, I will describe how surface water rights are traded in the Southern part of the Murray-Darling basin. This article is simplified and covers the most common water rights in the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Goulburn valleys. History Prior to the current system, extraction of water was tied to the land, making it difficult… Read More »