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What is a water entitlement?

Last updated 23 August 2016

A water entitlement is any legal or equitable right owned by an entity that relates to water, including groundwater. They could be rights to:

  • receive water
  • take water from a water resource
  • have water delivered
  • deliver water.

Examples of water entitlements include:

  • water allocations
  • water use licence
  • rights relating to conveyance of water, such as a conveyance licence
  • irrigation rights
  • contractual right against a third party, such as an operator
  • a statutory licence against a state or territory government
  • a share in a company if it has rights attaching to it that relate to water
  • an interest in a trust or partnership, if the interest has rights to water attached to it.