Types of unallocated water

Following amendments to the Water Act 2000, we now allow temporary access to unallocated water held as strategic water infrastructure reserves under a temporary water licence for up to 3 years.

Unallocated water is reserved under water planning instruments – it can be made available for future use without compromising the security of existing users or the environmental values within a catchment.

For information on unallocated water in your area, contact your local water management office or email uaw@rdmw.qld.gov.au.

The types of unallocated water and the purposes they can be made available for include:

Type of unallocated waterPurpose
General reserve Any purpose
Strategic or state reserve For projects that we consider to be of regional significance for the plan area or for coordinated projects under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971
Strategic reserve (Barron water plan)For town water supply
Strategic infrastructure To facilitate the development of particular water infrastructure projects (e.g. new dams) in the relevant water plan area
Indigenous reserve For projects that advance the social and economic aspirations of Indigenous people
Indigenous reserve (Barron water plan)For any purpose to an eligible person in the Barron water plan area
Cape York Peninsula Heritage Area (CYPHA) reserve For any purpose to eligible persons in the Cape York water plan area