Cooper Creek 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
- The water plan expires on 1 September 2031.
|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|
Water plan information
- Water plan
- Resource operations plan (PDF, 937KB)
- Access historical documents and reports and previous water plans.
- Access the Minister's performance reports for the plan.
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 by announced entitlements and limits.|
|Unallocated water releases||No current releases|
|Relocatable water licences||Available. Read about the relocatable water licence market.|
|Seasonal water assignment||Check the Resource operations plan (PDF, 937KB) rules and read about the application process|
Lake Eyre Basin
The Cooper Creek catchment is a component of the Lake Eyre Basin which extends to areas in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. The Lake Eyre Basin is recognised nationally and internationally for its outstanding social, cultural and environmental values and economic opportunities.
The Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory Governments are signatories to the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). The IGA commits states to development and implementing policies and strategies that avoid or eliminate adverse cross-border impacts while also allowing for economic development.
The Cooper Creek water plan is consistent with the Lake Eyre Basin IGA.
As part of our role within the IGA, the Queensland Government prepared an Environmental Risk Assessment which identified six key threats that were likely to be a high-risk across the Lake Eyre Basin within the next 10 years.
Read the Lake Eyre Basin environmental risk assessment 2021 to understand more about these key threats and how this information will guide investment into management strategies, research and monitoring over the next 10 years.
View the Lake Eyre Basin story map.
Contact the Longreach business centre for more information on water management and how you can access water in the Cooper Creek 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.
- Last reviewed: 9 Dec 2022
- Last updated: 19 Jun 2023