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.
The types of unallocated water and the purposes they can be made available for include:
|Type of unallocated water||Purpose|
|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|
- Last reviewed: 1 Jul 2022
- Last updated: 27 Apr 2021