Central Brisbane River Scheme

The Central Brisbane River Water Supply Scheme was established in 1980 to enable irrigation of up to 1,000 hectares of land in the area.

The Scheme covers the part of the Brisbane River from Mount Crosby Weir upstream to and including the ponded area of Wivenhoe Dam (see map). Irrigation customers hold just 2.5% of total nominal water allocations in the scheme.

The water sharing rules for the scheme are based on the combined usable volumes of both Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam.

Network service plan

A recommendation from the 2013-17 irrigation pricing review was for Seqwater to produce and publish an annual Network Service Plan (NSP) for the information of irrigation customers. The annual NSP contains scheme information such as historical water usage information and covers both operating and renewals expenditure and future material renewal forecast expenditure. The current year annual NSP and prior year annual NSP can be accessed via the links below.

Water supply contract

The Water Act 2000 requires that the holder of a water allocation in this scheme must have a supply contract with Seqwater. 

When the scheme came under the Moreton Resource Operations Plan in December 2009, irrigators in the scheme were not already party to a supply contract with Seqwater. In cases like this, the Water Act 2000 provides for a standard water supply contract to apply. In other words, a standard supply contract is statutorily deemed to be in place between each customer and Seqwater when a supply contract is not already in place.

You can download a copy of the deemed standard supply contract.

When a water allocation is sold, the purchaser of the water allocation is required to enter into a water supply contract with Seqwater before the transfer of the water allocation is able to be completed. For further information please contact us at [email protected] or call 1800 077 005.

Announced allocations

Water year:  2019-20

High Class A priority announced allocations:  100%
Medium priority announced allocations:  85%

If you have pumping equipment installed you will need to report your estimated usage (including zero usage) at the end of each quarter until your water meter is installed. Please complete the water usage log and return within seven working days of the end of the quarter to [email protected].

Water trading

While Seqwater encourages water trading, we do not have a role in advising on or facilitating the permanent trading of water allocations. However, to assist customers who are seeking to permanently trade water, we have created a link to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines guide to water trading and markets. The guide can be accessed by clicking here.

Customers wishing to enter into seasonal assignments or temporary trades of water need to complete a Temporary Transfer Application Form.  Completed forms may be returned by email to [email protected] or by post to PO Box 328, Ipswich QLD 4305.

Service standard

Individual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances such as:

  • whether your application has been lodged correctly and includes all the necessary supporting documents
  • the time it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • whether there are any outstanding invoices.

Our standard processing time:

Seasonal Water Assignment: 10 business days

Water Supply Contract: 20 business days 

Water year

1 July to 30 June


Scheme map

Download the scheme map

Customer consultation

Seqwater holds customer consultation forums at least annually to consult on the network service plan and customer service standards as well as other Scheme issues that may arise from time to time.  Attendance at customer consultation forums is open to all irrigation customers of the Scheme and other stakeholders.

The date, time and location of the next consultation forum will be advised.

Further information

For further information or if you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]