IPART pricing breakdown

You asked and we listened. As part of our commitment to transparency, we have created a series of pricing breakdowns to show you where your money goes.

Below is a breakdown of where the revenue from the 2023-24 Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC) and rural bulk water services charges has been allocated as determined by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

The total WAMC and rural bulk water breakdowns represent the expenditure across NSW as a whole whereas individual valley allocations vary. You can view the breakdowns in your area by clicking on the accordion links below.

WAMC breakdown

WAMC

WAMC is a statutory body responsible for water resource management in NSW. This includes developing plans for sharing water between users and the environment, administering water licences and allocations, and ensuring compliance with water laws and licences.

The prices WAMC charges water users aim to recover a share of the costs incurred in providing its water management functions and monopoly services. The fund allocation is distributed between WaterNSW, Department of Planning and Environment - Water (DPE-Water) and Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) for various functionalities.

Total WAMC revenue 23-24 pie chart and table

Rural bulk water breakdown

Rural bulk water

WaterNSW owns and operates the dams and other assets that collect, store and deliver bulk water in NSW and provide services to bulk water customers.

The prices that IPART set aim to recover a share of the efficient costs of providing rural bulk water services and support sustainable ongoing service delivery. The remaining share of these costs is funded by the NSW Government on behalf of the broader community.

Bulk water charges, recover customers’ share of the efficient costs of delivering WaterNSW’s rural bulk water services.

Total Rural Valleys revenue 23-24

Valley by valley breakdowns

Border Rivers

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WAMCRural bulk water
Border-Rivers-for-surface-water-WAMC-2023-24 piechart Border-Rivers-rural-bulk-water-revenue-2023-24 piechart 
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Coastal

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WAMC
Coastal for groundwater WAMC revenue 23-24 piechart

Far West

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WAMC

Far West surface water WAMC revenue 23-24 pie chart

Fish River

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Rural bulk water

Fish River rural bulk water revenue 23-24 pie chart

Greater Sydney

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Greater Sydney

Greater Sydney revenue 23-24 pie chart

Other – This cost category includes expenditure on Treasury Management Fund (TMF) contributions for insurance, land tax provisions and miscellaneous corporate activities such as stakeholder engagement.

Gwydir

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Border-Rivers-for-surface-water-WAMC-2023-24 piechart  Border-Rivers-rural-bulk-water-revenue-2023-24 piechart 
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Hunter

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Border-Rivers-for-surface-water-WAMC-2023-24 piechart  Border-Rivers-rural-bulk-water-revenue-2023-24 piechart 
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Inland (including Murrumbidgee)

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WAMC
Inland for groundwater WAMC 2023-24

Lachlan

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Lachlan for surface water WAMC 2023-24  Lachlan rural bulk water 2023-24 
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Lowbidgee

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Rural bulk water
Lowbidgee rural bulk water 2023-24

Macquarie

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Macquarie-for surface water WAMC 2023-24 Macquarie rural bulk water 2023-24
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Murray

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Lachlan for surface water WAMC 2023-24  Murray rural bulk water 2023-24 
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Murrumbidgee

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Murrumbidgee for surface water WAMC 2023-24.png  Murrumbidgee rural bulk water 2023-24 
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Namoi

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Namoi for surface water WAMC 2023-24.png Namoi rural bulk water 2023-24
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

North Coast

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WAMC Rural bulk water
North Coast for surface water WAMC 2023-24North Coast rural bulk water 2023-24
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

Peel

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WAMC Rural bulk water
Peel for surface water WAMC 2023-24Peel rural bulk water 2023-24
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.

South Coast

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WAMC Rural bulk water
South coast for surface water WAMC 2023-24 South coast rural bulk water 2023-24
  • Unregulated river and groundwater customers are only billed WAMC charges.
  • Regulated river customers are billed 40% WAMC charges and 60% rural bulk water charges.
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*Percentages are indicative only and may vary.

Assets - funding costs refer to financing costs associated with running our assets including groundwater bores and surface  water hydrometric stations and instrumentation, corporate  assets, IT, vehicles and offices. Financing costs are those that are expected to be incurred as a result of efficient equity and debt financing strategies.

Conditions management refers to applying licence and approval conditions in accordance with water sharing plans.

Customer services includes customer support, billing and water account management.

Water management refers to the planning and implementation of managing water within NSW.

Water modelling refers to the development, upgrade and application of surface water resource management models for use in water planning and to assess performance in terms of statutory requirements, interstate agreements, regional water supply optimisation and third-party impacts on NSW stakeholders, and the development, upgrade and use of groundwater resource management models for water sharing and management applications, and for resource impact and balance assessments.

Water quality monitoring refers to monitoring the quality of water in the state’s rivers and storages, along with groundwater sources, collecting and recording hydrometric data including rainfall, groundwater characteristics, flow characteristics of surface water and reporting Fish River water quality management plan in order to effectively manage water and improve water quality.

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*Percentages are indicative only and may vary.

Asset management refers to the maintenance and  management planning of our dams, weirs, reservoirs, pipelines, tunnels and canals.

Customer services includes customer support, billing and water account management.

Legacy costs refers to the Unders and Overs Mechanism (UOM) cost which is the cost of recovering a legacy balance owed to WaterNSW under the 2014 Determination made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Water delivery and operations refer to the water release from dams to customers, normal environment and system flows, demand forecasting and resource assessment, works approval and other compliance reporting. It includes use of computer-based systems known as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) which permit remote operation of regulatory devices along the extent of a stream and manual work required to release water from dams, weir and regulators.

Water infrastructure assets - funding costs refer to the financing costs associated with running our assets including dams, weirs, reservoirs, pipelines, tunnels, canals, IT, corporate assets and hydrometric stations. Financing costs are those that are expected to be incurred as a result of efficient equity and debt financing strategies.

Water quality monitoring refers to monitoring the quality of water in the state’s rivers and storages, along with groundwater sources, collecting and recording hydrometric data including rainfall, groundwater characteristics, flow characteristics of surface water and reporting Fish River water quality management plan in order to effectively manage water and improve water quality.

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