Basin Plan

Joint Media Release: Consultation on proposed amendments to cap factors for water recovery accounting in NSW

1 June 2018

1 June 2018

The NSW Department of Industry – Water has today invited water entitlement holders and other stakeholders to provide feedback on proposed amendments to long-term diversion limit equivalence factors for NSW (also known as cap factors), to replace those originally adopted in 2011.

Cap factors are a water accounting tool used to measure how much water has been recovered for the environment under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in actual terms — not just on paper.

Essentially, they ensure the water recovered for the environment is ‘real’ water, and the release of the proposed amendments represents an important step towards the development of final water resource plans by 2019.

In 2015, all Basin Ministers agreed that the 2011 cap factors should be updated before new limits on water take became legally binding in mid-2019, to take into account the most accurate and up-to-date information, and ensure a consistent approach across the Basin.

Read full release here.