Distributing the irrigators’ share

Who will receive a benefit?

At 12:01 am on 1 October 2021, information on delivery share ownership was taken from the Victorian Water Register. Anyone who held delivery share in any of the six areas of the GMID on this date and is charged the common infrastructure access fee is eligible to receive a share of the Connections Project’s water recovery either as water shares or financial benefit.

All eligible recipients of the irrigators’ share will also receive the financial proceeds from the sale of water allocation held by the Connections Project against the irrigators’ share (known as the offset accounts), proportionate to their holdings of delivery share on census date (1 October 2021) as a bill credit on their GMW account.

Completion of the final water recovery audit for the Connections Project also enables irrigators to receive benefits arising from an additional 681.6 ML of long-term water recovery, as announced by the Minister for Water in February 2022. These benefits will be distributed using the same method as for the Goulburn and Murray offset accounts water – as a GMW bill credit for all eligible recipients of the irrigators’ share, proportionate to holdings of delivery share on census date (1 October 2021).

These two bill credits will be issued together, following sale of the additional 681.6 ML by GMW during the 2022/23 water year, in line with an approved water trading strategy.

For delivery share holders with 0.25 ML per day or more

Water shares and seasonal allocations were issued in October 2021. Water shares were distributed to nearly 7,000 delivery share holders in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) with 0.25 ML per day or more of delivery share.

This marked a significant milestone for the irrigators’ share distribution and the Connections Project.

At census date (1 October 2021) it was confirmed that eligible delivery share holders will receive:

Type of water shareGoulburnMurray
  Volume of water share per ML/day of delivery share Volume of water share per ML/day of delivery share
HRWS 4.00 ML 3.97 ML
LRWS 2.21 ML 2.37 ML

For more information on why the water share volumes distributed in the Murray and the Goulburn systems are slightly different, read the Fact sheet – How the irrigators’ share of water recovered through modernisation the GMID is being calculated, audited and distributed:

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If you have questions about your individual distribution, contact GMW’s dedicated irrigators’ share distribution support service at ISDProject@gmwater.com.au or call 1800 013 357.

For delivery shareholders with less than 0.25 ML per day

Goulburn Murray irrigators eligible for the distribution but who held less than 0.25 ML per day of delivery share at census date, are set to receive their benefit as a credit on their July 2022 fixed charges bill from Goulburn Murray Water.

In October 2021 GMW were issued water shares in proportion to the pooled delivery share of all recipients below the threshold level of 0.25 ML per day. This totalled 1200 ML of high reliability water shares and 690 ML of low reliability water shares. Between November 2021 and June 2022, these water shares and associated allocation were sold on the market to generate the financial benefit.

If you want more information on the trading strategy that was independently developed to guide the sale of these water shares and allocation visit GMW’s website.

Further information

For information on the ISCC, including who was on the committee, how it consulted with the community, the full recommendation report and other information on the committee’s recommendation, go to Engage Victoria - Distributing the Irrigators' Share.

The members of the ISSC continue to oversee the implementation of the irrigators share distribution, now in the form of an advisory group – Irrigators’ Share Stakeholder Advisory Group.

General information about the Connections Project, including what modernisation works have been undertaken and the steps underway to complete the water recovery, is available at GMW's Connections Project web page.

The amount of water recovered through the Connections Project is confirmed each year while works are underway through independent audits. Previous audit results are available online.

You can find out how much GMID delivery share you hold by looking up your details in the water register. The register also explains how to update your information. Go to the Water Register site.

Contact us

For questions around your delivery share holdings or customer details, contact Irrigators’ Share Distribution project team at GMW.

If you have any questions or would like further information, you can contact the Irrigators’ Share Distribution project team at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Page last updated: 12/07/22