Reducing Entitlements When Groundwater Has Been Over-Allocated: Policy Issues and Options

  • Stefanie Schulte
  • Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada
Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 24)


Reducing entitlements when groundwater is over-allocated in Australia has evidenced both challenges and successes. This chapter examines policy pathways for reducing entitlements when groundwater has been over-allocated. It explores the definitional challenges that initially hampered progress within Australia’s federated structure, before examining attempts to reduce over-allocation and over-use across Australia’s numerous groundwater allocation plans and catchments. The chapter highlights the challenges that led to slower than expected progress in addressing over-allocation and over-use, as well as highlighting some of the policy pathways that have been pursued to attain sustainable levels of groundwater extraction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefanie Schulte
    • 1
  • Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada
    • 2
  1. 1.NSW Irrigators’ CouncilSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Integrated Water Systems and GovernanceIHE-Delft Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands

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