Border Rivers and Moonie water plan area
This information will help you understand how water is managed in the water plan area and how you can access water.
Map of the water plan area
Check whether your property is covered by the plan on the Queensland Globe water plan map (use Google Chrome for best results) or download the Border Rivers and Moonie water plan area map (PDF, 409KB).
- 30 March 2025: Due date for new meter installations and validations for all remaining water entitlements to take surface water and groundwater.
- 30 November 2024: Due date for meter revalidations for the Border Rivers Alluvium underground water sub-area.
- 31 March 2024: Due date for new meter installations and validations for the Stanthorpe Water Management Area.
- 30 November 2023: Due date for meter revalidations for the following Water Management Areas: Stanthorpe and Moonie River catchment.
- August 2023: The moratorium notice for works to take contaminated agricultural runoff has been withdrawn—read the withdrawal notice (PDF, 130KB). New works to capture contaminated agricultural runoff in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin will be required to operate under store and release arrangements.
- 20 March 2023: Landholders in the Granite Belt underground water sub-area are required to notify us of existing works that take or interfere with shallow groundwater by 20 September 2023.
- 19 January 2023: The Water Use Report Border Rivers and Moonie 2021–22 has been published as part of our commitment to increased transparency around water data.
- 12 Dec 2022: The Border Rivers and Moonie long-term watering plan has been published which identifies priority environmental assets, functions, objectives and targets.
- 31 October 2021: You can view the Border Rivers Commission Annual Report 2020–21.
- 28 May 2021: A guide (PDF, 62KB) has been developed to help you understand irrigation water charges under the Border Rivers Water Supply Scheme.
- Sep 2019: The Border Rivers and Moonie water resource plan has been accredited by the Australian Government.
|Type of water||Management|
|Surface water||Check the water plan information below for rules and requirements|
|Overland flow||Check the water plan information below for rules and requirements|
|Underground water||Check the Great Artesian Basin and Other Regional Aquifers water plan for underground water and spring water in the Great Artesian Basin and other important regional aquifers. Check the Border Rivers and Moonie water plan (below) for all other underground water|
Water plan information
- Water plan
- Water management protocol (PDF, 4.9MB)
- Access historical documents and plans:
- Access the Minister's performance reports for the previous Border Rivers plan and Minister's performance reports for the previous Moonie River plan.
Water-sharing agreement with New South Wales
The New South Wales–Queensland Border Rivers Intergovernmental Agreement 2008 provides direction on water sharing and access, interstate trading, and managing flows of streams shared by both states as well as water for the Murray-Darling Basin. The following of appendices have been developed and adopted by the Border Standing Committee and can be accessed via the above link:
- Appendix E1 on interstate trading arrangements (endorsed 31 May 2010).
- Appendix F1 water resource accounting (endorsed 5 April 2011).
Water supply scheme operators and manuals
The licence contains information about the roles and responsibilities of the licence holder. Check the operations manual for day-to-day operational, water sharing and seasonal water assignment rules.
|Border Rivers Water Supply Scheme (see note below)||Queensland Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water||Resource operations licence (PDF, 99KB)||Operations manual (PDF, 198KB)|
|Callandoon Water Supply Scheme||Callandoon Water Users Limited||Distribution operations licence (PDF, 181KB)||Operations manual (PDF, 147KB)|
|Macintyre Brook Water Supply Scheme||Sunwater||Resource operations licence (PDF, 252KB)||Operations manual (PDF, 466KB)|
|Yambocully Water Supply Scheme||Yambocully Water Pty Ltd||Distribution operations licence (PDF, 39KB)||Operations manual (PDF, 138KB)|
Border Rivers Water Supply Scheme
The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water is the owner of water infrastructure in the Border Rivers Water Supply Scheme (WSS).
Irrigation water charges for 2022–23 and 2023–24 in the Border Rivers WSS are listed below.
1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023
1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024
|Part A (fixed charge)||Per megalitre of water entitlement held||$12.51 (excl. GST)||$12.93 (excl. GST)|
|Part B (variable charge)||Per megalitre of water taken||$15.32 (excl. GST)||$15.85 (excl. GST)|
View our Guide to the schedule of fees and charges (PDF, 75KB) for more information on these irrigation water charges.
Water sharing rules
- Check the operations manual in the above section for water sharing rules for supplemented water for the relevant water supply scheme.
Temporary transfer sales information is required to be published in accordance with conditions of the Resource Operations Licence for the Border Rivers Water Supply Scheme.
Follow the links below for more information on how to access water in the water plan area.
|Announced entitlements and limits||The water you can take through your water entitlement may be limited. Check announced entitlements and limits for unsupplemented water or contact the water supply scheme operator for supplemented water|
|Unallocated water releases||No current releases|
|Water allocation trading|
Check the Water management protocol (PDF, 4.9MB) for dealing rules for water supply schemes, unsupplemented water and underground water
For additional information on trading in the following water supply schemes see:
|Seasonal water assignment|
Contact the Toowoomba business centre for more information on water management and how you can access water in the Border Rivers and Moonie water plan area.
- Find out more about Indigenous water reserves.
- Get streamflow and groundwater data from the Queensland Government Water monitoring information portal.
- Access maps and water data using Queensland Globe or the water entitlement viewer.
- Find out about river improvement trusts and their work.
- View price information for permanent water allocation trades and relocatable water licences.
- Read about water planning and learn where to find information in the new water planning documents.
- Read the Water planning science plan 2020–2030 to find out how we use science to develop water plans and improve water planning.
- Find out more about water management in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.
- Understand how Sunwater's irrigation prices are set.
- Last reviewed: 17 Aug 2022
- Last updated: 11 Sep 2023