Goulburn catchment - Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Goulburn River catchment

Goulburn catchment

State: Victoria

Water purchased from the Goulburn River catchment can be used to benefit environmental assets in this catchment and downstream.

 Major irrigation areas

  1. Central Goulburn Irrigation Area
  2. Shepparton Irrigation Area

The Goulburn River influences the Barmah Forest Ramsar site (Barmah-Millewa Living Murray Icon site) and Gunbower Forest Ramsar site (Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Living Murray Icon site) during periods of high flow. These sites are located in the Victorian Murray catchment.

Australian Government water purchases in the Goulburn catchment

Catchment Entitlement Type Secured Purchases (ML) Secured Entitlement Purchases - Long Term Average Annual Yield (ML) Other Purchases - Long Term Average Annual Yield (ML) (3) Average price paid per trade ($/ML)(2)
Goulburn High reliability 186,881 177,537 43,188 2,060
Low reliability 10,546 3,691 7,783 414

Refer to caveats on the 'Purchases Secured under the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program' table on the 'Progress of water recovery under the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program' page.

Where to obtain information on market prices

Information on market prices in Victoria can be found on the Victorian Water Register.

Private water auction houses or brokers can also provide information on historical entitlement trades.

CSIRO Sustainable Yields Report

Note that the catchment boundaries referred to in this report may not directly align with the catchment boundaries represented on this web site.