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  • Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements Report

    The second report of the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements as at 30 June 2019External Link was released on 19 June 2020.

    Key findings of the report show foreign ownership of Australian water entitlements at 10.5%, compared to 10.4% last year. Agriculture and mining are the main uses for the water entitlements.

    Under legislation, foreign persons who acquire an interest in registrable water entitlements or contractual water rights are required to register their interest on the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements. This means, you must register when either:

    • you are a foreign person who acquires a registrable water entitlement or contractual water right
    • you become a foreign person while holding a registrable water entitlement or contractual water right.

    If either of these events occur, you must update the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements no later than 30 days after the end of the financial year.

    We will also need to be notified if:

    • you are no longer a foreign person
    • the volume of your registrable water entitlement has changed
    • you have disposed of your interest.

    To register or update us of changes to your situation, complete the Land and water registration form. You can register at any time during the year but no later than 30 days after the end of the financial year.

    Penalties may apply for failing to register or inform us of changes to your situation.

    For enquiries, phone us between 8.00am and 5.00pm AEST Monday to Friday on 1800 050 377 or +61 2 6216 1111 (if you are outside Australia).

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    Last modified: 23 Jun 2020QC 63016