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Fees and charges

Water pricing

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) is responsible for recommending to the Queensland government, irrigation prices charged by Sunwater. QCA recommendations are considered by Sunwater’s shareholding Ministers, who together make the final decision and set Sunwater’s irrigation prices.

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has commenced its investigation into water prices to apply to Sunwater’s irrigation customers from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024. Sunwater has developed and submitted our submission to the QCA on 6 November 2018. Find our submission here.

Irrigation charges

There are two types of charges for irrigation; fixed (Part A and C) and volumetric tariffs (Part B and D).

Fixed tariffs

Fixed tariffs are charged quarterly or six monthly in advance, according to the water allocation* held by the customer, regardless of the amount of water taken in the year.

Fixed tariffs are also known as Part A tariffs in bulk water supply schemes and Part C tariffs in distribution schemes. Bulk water scheme customers pay Part A and distribution scheme customers pay Part A and Part C fixed tariffs.

Volumetric tariffs

Volumetric tariffs are charged per megalitre of water taken by the customer, measured at the water meter or ‘offtake’.

Volumetric tariffs are also known as Part B tariffs in bulk water supply schemes and Part D tariffs in distribution schemes. Bulk water scheme customers pay Part B and distribution scheme customers pay Part B and Part D fixed tariffs.

Other charges

Sunwater also charges some scheme-specific and administrative costs.

*A Water Allocation is a volume of water that entitles the holder/customer to a percentage of that water based on the available water in the scheme dams, weirs or barrages. The percentage of water allocation available to the customer can be as high as 100 per cent or as low as 0 per cent, depending on the level of water storages.

Water supply scheme water charges

Each year Sunwater releases an updated fees and charges schedule for each water supply scheme, detailing the charges set by Sunwater and those subject to the Rural Irrigation Water Pricing Direction. For information on the most recent fees and charges for a scheme, please refer below.