South West groundwater areas allocation plan

This plan describes how we allocate, manage and protect the South West groundwater area resources.

Plan release information

The South West groundwater areas allocation plan and Statement of response were released in June 2009.

We have since evaluated our management against the plan's objectives:

Water allocation planning for South West groundwater

The South West is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and demand for groundwater in the region is high. Planning is needed to provide water users with secure water supplies, while meeting the needs of the community and the environment in a drying climate.

Plan area

The South West groundwater areas are about 200 kilometres south of Perth.

The plan area covers the Bunbury, Busselton–Capel and Blackwood groundwater areas and part of the South West Coastal groundwater area.

Water resources

The aquifers included are the unconfined Superficial aquifer and the confined Leederville, Yarragadee, Lesueur Sandstone, Sue Coal Measures and Cattamarra Coal Measures aquifers.

South West water allocation plan area
South West groundwater plan area

Publications

South West groundwater areas allocation plan

South West groundwater areas allocation plan: Statement of response

South West groundwater areas allocation plan: Evaluation statement 2012–2015

South West groundwater areas allocation plan: Evaluation statement 2009–2012

Reviewing the allocation limits for the South West groundwater areas

Management triggers and responses for groundwater-dependent ecosystems in the South West groundwater areas

South West groundwater areas monitoring program

Page reviewed 25 January 2023