Wet Tropics 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 Wet Tropics water plan area map (PDF, 607KB).

What's happening?

  • Aug 2019: The latest Minister's report is now available. It provides a performance assessment of the Wet Tropics water plan.
  • 14 Mar 2018: 1,200 megalitres of unallocated water was released by public auction in zone 1D of the Mulgrave-Russell groundwater management area. A total of 950 megalitres was granted as water licences to 6 successful bidders out of a total of 12 pre-approvals to bid. Water auctioned for an average price of $652 per megalitre.
  • We are implementing a new water planning framework. Learn where to find information in the new water planning documents. The Wet Tropics water management protocol is currently in preparation.

Water management


Type of waterManagement
Surface water Check the water plan information below for rules and requirements
Overland flow Not managed
Underground water

Check the water plan information below for rules and requirements in these groundwater management areas: Mulgrave-Russell, Mossman, Southern Tablelands, Lower Johnstone, South Johnstone, Liverpool Creek, Tully, Lower Herbert

Water plan information

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 entitlement may be limited by announced entitlements and limits.
Relocatable water licences Available. Read about the relocatable water licence market.
Seasonal water assignment

Check the resource operations plan (PDF, 3.4MB) for rules and read about the application process.

Contact us

Contact the South Johnstone Business Centre for more information on water management and how you can access water in the Wet Tropics water plan area.

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