Groundwater Purchase Tender in the Central Condamine Alluvium

On 10 February 2014 the Australian Government Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced the Government’s first groundwater purchase tender will be conducted in the Murray‑Darling Basin’s Central Condamine Alluvium, with a budget of up to $5 million.


The tender will open at 9:00am on 10 February 2014 and will close at 5.00 pm AEDT on 7 March 2014.

Tender Objectives

The tender aims to purchase groundwater in the Queensland Central Condamine Alluvium to bridge the gap to the sustainable diversion limits defined in the Basin Plan. This will enable progress to be made towards the long term protection of the productive base of this groundwater resource.

In this tender, the Australian Government is only seeking sell offers for water licences held in the Central Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Management Area. At this time sell offers in the Upper Condamine Alluvium Tributaries will not be accepted.

Available Funding

The Australian Government has allocated up to $5 million for the tender.

Who can apply?

Groundwater licences located in all four sub-areas of the Central Condamine Alluvium will be eligible for purchase in this tender. In order to meet the outcomes of the Murray‑Darling Basin Plan, the amount of water purchased in each area will be subject to the environmental needs identified by the Murray‑Darling Basin Authority.

How will my application be evaluated?

Eligible applications will be evaluated by the Department on the basis of value for money after the close of the tender on 7 March 2014. Applicants must include the price that they are seeking for their water in the application.

Applications pursued by the Department will be subject to due diligence checks before a water sale contract will be issued.

How do I apply?

Application documents and further information is available at the following links:

Please see the Request for Tender document for further information on the Terms and Conditions.


Completed Application Forms must be submitted via one of the following methods:

Fax: (02) 6275 9398
Post: Water Tender Section
Water Efficiency Division
Department of the Environment
PO Box 787
Canberra  ACT 2601

Contact us

For further information, please phone the Water Information Line on 1800 218 478 or e-mail the Water Purchasing Team at