South central urban water market trial: international experiences

Rebecca Nelson, Darren Sinclair, Erin O'Donnell, Cameron Holley

Research output: Book/ReportReports


The Phase 1 report considered the conditions under which a market would be an effective tool for sharing bulk urban water, and based on this, the implications for the outcomes of a market for sharing water across the south central region. This Phase 2 report addresses comparative experiences of urban water markets in international contexts. It seeks to answer the following key questions:

• To what degree were classical market ideals (as discussed in the Phase 1 report) present internationally?
• What has been the experience of international case studies with various forms of urban water trading, including balancing issues of efficiency and equity, particularly security and affordability?
• What regulatory design insights can Victoria take away from international experiences with urban water markets?

A future phase will analyse how a bulk urban water market would interact with the current pricing and regulatory frameworks for urban water in the south central region.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherVictorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Commissioning bodyVictorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


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