Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan

Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan

The Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan was approved by the Minister for Environment and Water following community consultation and will become operational on 1 July 2022.

The Plan sets out the rules for the licensing, allocation and management of groundwater and wells within the area shown on the map below. This includes rules for managing water that is drained or discharged into aquifers, also known as managed aquifer recharge.

After the Plan becomes operational, all water licences will be re-issued in a different format. This is scheduled to occur in 2023. At that time water licence holders will receive further information explaining the new licence format. The changes will not affect water licence entitlements.

Until the new Plan becomes operational on 1 July 2022, the existing Northern Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan still applies for transfers and variations of water licences in the Northern Adelaide Plains Prescribed Wells Area.

When the Plan becomes operational, it will be the first water allocation plan for the Dry Creek and Central Adelaide Prescribed Wells Areas. The Plan will apply for the next 10 years, unless it is reviewed and amended sooner.

The Plan can be viewed here as well as the following:

  • explanatory information sheets, including a Vietnamese translation of a simple explanation of the Plan
  • Consultation Report that provides an overview of the consultation undertaken, the key matters raised and the amendments made to Plan based on the feedback
  • collation of the verbal and written feedback received during the consultation and the responses to the feedback

Implementation of the Plan is a joint responsibility between the Department for Environment and Water, Green Adelaide and the Northern and Yorke and Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Boards.

If you have any enquiries regarding your water licence, please contact a Water Licensing Officer on (08) 8463 6876 or via email at

If you would like further information or have any questions regarding the Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan please contact the Team Leader Water Allocation Planning on (08) 8463 3733 or via email at

Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan