Irrigation Prices: 2013-17

Irrigation Prices: 2013-17

  • Final Report
  • Draft Report
  • Issues Papers
  • Project Information

We provided our final recommendations to the Queensland Government in May 2013, following an extensive process of reviewing Seqwater’s costs and stakeholder consultation.

The recommended prices are set to recover Seqwater’s efficiency costs as well as smooth-over future price increases.

Proposed changes mean all Seqwater schemes will now have two-part tariffs consisting of a fixed (Part A) price per megalitre (ML) of nominal water allocation and a usage (Part B) price per ML of water use. For the majority of schemes, the recommended prices result in increases to fixed prices and reductions in usage prices.

The Minister accepted our recommendations and they will apply from 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2017.

In 2016, the Government decided to extend the irrigation pricing policies by two years, until 30 June 2019.

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The QCA has released its Draft Report on irrigation prices to apply from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017 for water supply schemes managed by Seqwater.

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Our approach to recommending Seqwater's irrigation prices is consistent with SunWater's recommended irrigation prices, which apply to irrigation schemes outside of south east Queensland.  

A number of issues papers were prepared during the Sunwater investigation that are relevant to how we recommend prices for Seqwater. These issues papers can be found here.  

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The QCA was directed to recommend irrigation prices to apply to Seqwater water supply schemes from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017.

Stakeholders were given an opportunity to submit comments for consideration. Submissions received from irrigators, Seqwater and other stakeholders are available below.

Consultation was conducted in June 2012 and January 2013 to provide stakeholders an opportunity to discuss irrigation prices.

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Report & Papers

Customer submissions after August 2012

Seqwater submissions after August 2012

Customer submissions June to August 2012

Seqwater submissions June to August 2012