Burdekin Basin 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 Burdekin water plan area map (PDF, 1.2MB).

What's happening?

  • 23 February 2024: Have your say on our proposal to bring the Black River Underground Water Area into the Burdekin Basin water plan. Come along to a drop-in session or book an appointment.
  • 30 November 2024: Due date for meter revalidations for the Burdekin groundwater management area.
  • 18 August 2023: A notice was gazetted (PDF, 58KB) to postpone the expiry date of the water plan by 3 years to 1 September 2026. This will allow the department to complete technical assessments and undertake adequate consultation to address emerging issues as part of the replacement process.
  • May 2023: The Burdekin Regional Water Assessment is underway to set out how existing infrastructure, new infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions can be used to maximise water supply in the Burdekin and drive economic growth.
  • 10 March 2023: the review of the Burdekin Basin water plan is underway. We need to develop a replacement plan to address current and emerging issues to ensure we continue the sustainable management of water in the basin and balance the needs of all water users.

Water management


Type of waterManagement
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 Water Regulation 2016 for requirements in the Burdekin, Greater Western and Highlands water management areas. 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

Water plan information

Water sharing rules

Water supply scheme operators and manuals

The licences contain information about the roles and responsibilities of the licence holders. Check the operations manuals for day-to-day operational, water sharing and seasonal water assignment rules.

Burdekin Haughton Water Supply SchemeSunwaterResource operations licence (PDF, 161KB)Operations manual (PDF, 148KB)
Bowen Broken Water Supply SchemeSunwaterResource operations licence (PDF, 116KB)Operations manual (PDF, 158KB)
Lower BurdekinLower Burdekin Water BoardDistribution operations licence (PDF, 66KB)Operations manual (PDF, 92KB)

Accessing water

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 allocations or licences may be limited. Check announced entitlements and limits for unsupplemented water or contact the water supply scheme operator for supplemented water.
Unallocated water releasesCheck current release process
Water allocation trading - water scheme areas

Bowen Broken Rivers: Allocation trading and rules | Current locations of water allocations

Burdekin Haughton: Allocation trading and rules | Current locations of water allocation

Water allocation trading - unsupplemented water

Trading available in the Lower Burdekin, Haughton, Bowen Broken, Upper Burdekin and Cape Campaspe water management areas. Check the Water management protocol (PDF, 597KB) for trading rules.

Contact us

Contact the Ayr business centre for more information on water management and how you can access water in the Burdekin Basin.

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