Fees and Charges
The Queensland Government sets the prices of irrigation water supplied by Sunwater, based on recommendations made by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA).
The QCA has completed its investigation into irrigation water prices to apply to Sunwater’s irrigation customers from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024. Further information can be found on the ‘Water pricing review’ page here.
Irrigation prices for 2021–22 to 2023–24
From 2021–22 to 2023–24, every irrigator who buys water from Queensland’s state-owned irrigation schemes will be eligible for the following discounts:
- 50 per cent for irrigation of horticultural crops
- 15 per cent for all other irrigation.
Irrigators supplied with water from Sunwater-owned schemes will automatically receive the 15 per cent discount on bills issued from 1 July 2021. The total price listed on invoices issued by Sunwater will reflect the discounted price. The 2021-22 fees and charges schedules, listed below, are also reflective of irrigation tariffs less the 15 per cent discount.
Horticultural growers will be able to apply to receive the balance of their 50 per cent discount through a 35 per cent rebate, which will be assessed and administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA).
For further information regarding these price changes, view the Irrigation Pricing Discounts fact sheet, visit the Queensland Government website or contact [email protected] for rebate-specific questions.
There are two types of charges for irrigation; fixed (Part A and C) and volumetric tariffs (Part B and D).
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 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.
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 fees and 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.