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Allocation planning

Water allocation planning is part of how we understand and manage water resources. We manage water use by issuing water licences under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914. Water allocation plans guide our licensing decisions.

Water allocation plans set out how much water is available from a particular resource or area, how much water needs to be left in the system and what conditions will be applied to licences in the local area.

To access our current allocation plans, please click on the links below:

Our process for water allocation planning

We follow a consistent and transparent process for developing allocation plans across the state. We develop non-statutory plans that reflect the intent of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 and the National Water Initiative.

To access the detailed guide to our allocation planning process, click here.

To access the brief overview of our allocation planning process, click here.

Water Allocation Process

Our current planning priorities

We set a state-wide planning program each year in accordance with our guide to allocation planning. Our priorities are based on three triggers for planning:

• pressures on the resource
• government commitments
and
• government priorities.

Our planning priorities for 2014 are:

Region Plan Current stage Implementation
Kimberley region Ord River surface water plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
La Grange groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Pilbara region Pilbara groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Mid West region Arrowsmith groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Carnarvon Artesian Basin groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Jurien groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Lower Gascoyne surface and groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Goldfields region      
Peel region Cockburn groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Murray groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Rockingham – Stakehill groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
South West Coastal groundwater plan development 2014
Swan Avon region Canning River surface water plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Gingin groundwater plan release - public comment period closed 2014
Gingin surface water plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Gnangara groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
South West region
Lower Collie surface water plan release - public comment period closed 2014
South West groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Upper Collie surface water and groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Warren-Donnelly surface water plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
Whicher area surface water plan implementation and evaluation ongoing
South Coast region Esperance groundwater plan implementation and evaluation ongoing

Evaluating allocation plans

We regularly evaluate water allocation plans and publish the results online. Plan evaluations are used to improve how we allocate, license and monitor water resources across the state.

For current plan evaluation statements, see each allocation plan page, using the links above.

Further information

For more information on individual plans, or our guide to the allocation planning process, please visit the links above. Alternatively you can contact Allocation Planning at allocation.planning@water.wa.gov.au or 08 6364 6587.


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