Water markets publications

Publications about water trading and water registers and terminology

Water markets reports

Australian water markets report 2010-2011 - December 2011

This report is the only consolidated nation-wide summary of trading activity. In its fourth year of production, it includes trend analysis and features trading summaries for each state and territory, as well as information about their various operational practices, pricing and governance arrangements.

Australian water markets report 2009-2010 - December 2010

This report is the only consolidated nation-wide summary of trading activity. In its third year of production, it includes trend analysis and features trading summaries for each state and territory, as well as information about their various operational practices, pricing and governance arrangements.

Australian water markets report 2008-2009 - December 2009

This report is the only consolidated nation-wide summary of trading activity. In its second year of production, it includes trend analysis covering the 2007-08 and 2008-09 water years and features trading summaries for each state and territory, as well as information about their various operational practices, pricing and governance arrangements.

Australian water markets report 2007-2008 - December 2008

The first consolidated national summary of water markets, featuring trading summaries for each State and Territory, as well as information about their various operational practices, pricing and governance arrangements.

Other publications

Water policy and climate change in Australia - May 2012

Analyses the interactions between climate change and water.

Impacts of water trading in the southern Murray–Darling Basin between 2006–07 and 2010–11 - April 2012

Examines the impacts of water trading on individual irrigators, industries, regional communities and the environment in the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

Water markets in Australia: a short history - December 2011

Traces the development of water markets in Australia.

Australian Water Markets: trends and drivers, 2007-08 to 2009-11 - December 2011

The second companion report to the Australian water markets report series, this report analyses trends in market activity (how much water is being traded and where), as well as the drivers influencing market outcomes (why is water being traded).

Understanding the Victorian decision to suspend intervalley water allocation trading 2010-11 - November 2011

This report investigates the conditions that led up to the Victorian government decision to suspend  categories of allocation trade in early 2011, and examining the potential impacts on trade.

Strengthening Australia's water markets - June 2011

This report analyses issues that may impede the efficient operation or further development of markets.

Australian Water Markets: trends and drivers, 2007-08 to 2009-10 - June 2011

This is a companion report to the Australian water markets report series. It analyses trends in market activity (how much water is being traded and where), as well as the drivers influencing market outcomes (why is water being traded).

The impacts of water trading in the southern Murray-Darling Basin - June 2010

This report identifies and assesses the economic, social and environmental impacts (both positive and negative) of water trading in the southern Murray-Darling Basin from 1998-99 to 2008-09.

Urban water markets - March 2009

Examines the range of market-based approaches to improve the efficiency of the urban water sector, including optimal water usage, delivery of required environmental and public health outcomes, and enhanced flexibility.

Review of urban water entitlements in Australia - March 2009

Examines urban water entitlements arrangements for existing, new and alternative water sources across Australia, and identifies policy principles and recommendations to underpin better water management outcomes.

Assessing progress in developing compatible registers under the National Water Initiative - May 2008

Focussed on comparing the situation in May 2008 with that reported in the Compatibility of Water Registers Report of September 2005.  

The economic and social impacts of water trading - September 2007

Identifies the changes in water use in rural Australia occurring as a result of water trading.

Compatibility of water registers - September 2005

Covers the possible shared characteristics for registers, including for new and existing environmental water and a common set of actions that States and Territories would adopt in their implementation plans.

Dictionary of terms for water access entitlements and transactions - April 2006

Compiled by the Commission Compatible Registers Working Group to outline the variety of terms used throughout Australia for the various water entitlements and transactions in each jurisdiction.

Waterlines reports

Improving market confidence in water intermediaries -No 3 - July 2007

Investigates issues associated with the conduct of intermediaries and reports on options for governments and industry to improve the confidence of market participants in the future.