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  • Report on foreign held water now available

    The third report of the Register of foreign ownership of water entitlements as at 30 June 2020External Link has been released.

    Key findings of the report show foreign ownership of Australian water entitlements at 10.9%, compared to 10.5% last year. Agriculture and mining continue to be the main use 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 (Water register). This means, you must register when you:

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

    If either of these events occur, you must update the Water register 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, you'll need to 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 failing to inform us of changes to your situation.

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

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    Last modified: 11 Mar 2021QC 65017